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©2015, Gene Phillips/AtlantaPhotos.com.

The Atlanta Streetcar connects many of the city’s must-see attractions.

Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the four non-stop destinations offered out of Baton Rouge Metro Airport. It is the first destination in our four-part travel series, and you may also want to read about getaways to Houston, Dallas, and Charlotte.

Mass transit in a strange city makes me nervous. I don’t think I’m alone here. It’s a phobia I suspect plagues many travelers. And that phobia has long limited my options.

Take this story for example. The whole premise is to write a piece about visiting Atlanta without a car. And this particular city, as the first in the South to offer rail transit direct from the airport, is way ahead of the curve for that approach, dating back decades. At the end of last year, Atlanta also added a streetcar that connects the vast majority of its must-see attractions.

So I was going to keep it simple. Take the train downtown, set up in one of the hotels there, and use the streetcar to tour all the main attractions: the CNN Center, the World of Coca Cola, and the Martin Luther King Jr. historic district. Seemed like a darned good plan … until I had a chat with Chris Crenchaw, who works forthe Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, better known as MARTA.

“There’s just so much more when you add the bus,” she told me, following up with a couple of examples tantalizing enough to motivate me to figure out the bus connections.

“Two bus routes that are fun to take are the#2 Ponce de Leon in either direction, between the Decatur Station and North Avenue Station.This is a long, windy trip down an old Atlanta thoroughfare that passes gorgeous historical homes with ivy-filled yards, parks, and churches. Then, before you know it, you’ve transitioned into a more urban scene, a busy Krispy Kreme and lots of construction.Then soon you come up toPeachtree Street at the Fox Theatre to enter the North Avenue Station.And if you want to drift back in time to a fifties-style fast food plaza, you can walk over to the Varsity to hear “What’ll ya have” yelled out to you; just don’t leave without having a Frosted Orange! Especially on a hot day.”

Does this sound like somebody you’d like to have in the seat next to you on the bus, or what? But there’s more. She also raves about bus route 110, which travels north and south along Peachtree Street. Headed north from Five Points, it stops at the Arts Center MARTA station and continues on to the Lenox MARTA station, passing Woodruff Park, the Fox Theatre, Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell’s home, the Federal Reserve building, and the Woodruff Arts Center, where you can visitthe High Museum of Art, Atlanta Symphony Hall, Alliance Theatre, Savannah College of Art & Design, and the architecturally significant Amtrak station.

“I did a school project on this building in fifthgrade,” noted Crenchaw of the station, illustrating just how far back her love for her hometown began blossoming.

So my new plan is to ask you to think about planning this trip the way you’d think about buying a car. I’ll offer up a perfectly pleasant basic model, then present some options like the one above, letting you soup up the experience if you’re willing to invest a bit more (in this case, investing time to learn your way about the city’s mass transit system).

Back to that basic model, and it’s a nice one. Chris Crenchaw is not the only Atlantan who’s pretty pumped about the mass transit medium.

“My favorite part of riding it is that it’s just fun. It’s a good way to experience the sights and sounds of Atlanta,” said Scheree Rawles, director of marketing and communications for the sparkling new Atlanta Streetcar, which just began service at the end of last year. And while she concurred that the streetcar connects lots of well-known attractions, she added that there are lots of lesser-known delights along the way as well.

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“It’s a couple of blocks away, but you can get off at Edgewood and walk to the historic Oakland Cemetery,” Rawles noted as example.

There you’ll find the last resting places for baseball legend Ty Cobb and Margaret Mitchell, among others. The cemetery is so popular with locals that it even hosts occasional music concerts. The streetcar also puts you in strolling range of the revitalized Edgewood District, which has become the new go-to spot for shopping, dining, and clubbing.

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Another destination on the streetcar line getting rave reviews is theNational Center forCivil and Human Rights, which opened in June of 2014. It’s a stunning new facility that uses state-of-the-art technology to immerse visitors in stories from the American civil rights movement of the 1960s as well as contemporaryhuman rightsissues.

One gallery is called Spark of Conviction: TheGlobalHumanRights Gallery. “We based theHuman RightsGallery on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” explained the museum’s LaTasha Smith. (The UDHR was established by the United Nations shortly after WWII and serves as a set of principles that governments use to remain accountable for protecting the rights and freedoms of all people.)

“You’ll find personal stories of individuals fighting for freedom and equality around the world,” Smith continued. “When youenter the gallery, you will first experience theWho, Like Me, isThreatened?exhibition, which is an installation of large interactive mirrors that sense your presence and activate the experience.You will then be presented with aselectionof characteristics—LGBT, Christian, Blogger, Artist. You choose one, and are thenshown a short video from an individualfrom another country that shares that characteristic, but is experiencing injustice due to that trait.”

The museum also includes a simulated sit-in lunch counterin a gallery where visitors don headsets to get a better understanding of what the protestors experienced during the wave of such sit-ins that swept the country in 1960, including cities like Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Another gallery highlights a rotating collectionof Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’spersonal documentsand artifacts.

Now let’s throw another transportation option into the mix. Bikes. The hot new destination for folks on two wheels is a work-in-progress rails-to-trails program called theAtlanta BeltLine,which will eventually circle the core of Atlanta. The completed sections are already hugely popular. The project was conceived in a 1999 master’s degree thesis by Georgia Tech student Ryan Gravel, who founded the non-profit Friends of theBeltLine and is making Atlanta yet another city where getting about on two wheels is easier and more fun.

“A mile from downtown, The Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods have just exploded. On a sunny day there’s dogs and bikes and strollers,” noted Judi Knight, a web designer and builder who also owns the Urban Oasis Bed and Breakfast, the only lodging right on the Atlanta BeltLine. Her enthusiasm for the project is unrestrained. “People come from all over,” she said, launching into a long list of restaurants, bars, and other hipster hangouts that are drawing them in, in addition to the appeal of the BeltLine itself. Places like Serpas True Food, serving up gourmet fare from a noted chef, located a block off the BeltLine in a renovated warehouse space. And then there’s Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium, the nearby creation of artist, bartender, and collectorGrant Henry.

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(L to R ) 1) The Atlanta BeltLine is a rails-to-trails initiative, providing an alternative transportation route that will eventually circle the core of Atlanta. ©2014, James Duckworth/AtlantaPhotos.com. 2) Atlanta's famous Varsity, touted as the "world's largest drive-in restaurant." ©2010, James Duckworth/AtlantaPhotos.com. 3) A part of the explosive growth of the Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods, Urban Oasis Bed and Breakfast is currently the only lodging that sits right on the Atlanta BeltLine.

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(L to R ) 1) The Atlanta BeltLine is a rails-to-trails initiative, providing an alternative transportation route that will eventually circle the core of Atlanta. ©2014, James Duckworth/AtlantaPhotos.com. 2) Atlanta's famous Varsity, touted as the "world's largest drive-in restaurant." ©2010, James Duckworth/AtlantaPhotos.com. 3) A part of the explosive growth of the Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods, Urban Oasis Bed and Breakfast is currently the only lodging that sits right on the Atlanta BeltLine.

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(L to R ) 1) The Atlanta BeltLine is a rails-to-trails initiative, providing an alternative transportation route that will eventually circle the core of Atlanta. ©2014, James Duckworth/AtlantaPhotos.com. 2) Atlanta's famous Varsity, touted as the "world's largest drive-in restaurant." ©2010, James Duckworth/AtlantaPhotos.com. 3) A part of the explosive growth of the Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods, Urban Oasis Bed and Breakfast is currently the only lodging that sits right on the Atlanta BeltLine.

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“Grant’s a character. He collected paint-by-number religious paintings,” said Knight, explaining that Henry went on to add his ownsayingsto the paintings, then created an origin story, attributing them to the mysterious Sister Louisa. The legend grew and grew ... eventually into a bar quirky enough to live up to the backstory.

For those wanting to explore on two wheels, Beltline Bike Shop, handily situated just across the way from Urban Oasis, rents bikes and is the spot from which, eachSaturdaymorning, a free bicycle tour of the BeltLine rolls.

Okay, here’s one more slightly-off-the-beaten-path option for you to consider as you build your Atlanta vacation. A short hop away on MARTA is the charming suburb of Decatur. How can you not love a community that, in inviting its citizens to write six-word stories about their hometown, inspires stuff like: “Take a stroll, feed your soul” or “Decatur: trendy brews, comfortable shoes, Subarus” or “Where the bicycles flow like wine”? The boutiques and award-winning restaurants circling a pretty town square have made it a daylong getaway for lots of Atlantans; and should your trip happen in May, there’s one more remarkable reason to visit: a lantern parade.

“People make these highly individualized things,” explained artist, designer, and lantern parade organizer Chantelle Rytter. Prior to the evening parade, she conducts workshops to help participants make their lanterns. Lots of children are expected to be among this year’s participants, in part because a number of the members of her Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons are teachers from the local school district.

And for Rytter, a lantern parade is much more than just an evening’s amusement. “It’s a perfect example about how the brilliance of individuals can illuminate the community.”

So there you have it, at least a handful of the many, many options for customizing your next visit to Atlanta, which you can explore via the links that follow.

Details. Details. Details.

• The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s website is filled with detailed maps and tips on how to use the system. There’s also a link to download a smartphone app. itsmarta.com.

• The Atlanta Streetcar’s website offers detailed information and links to the many adventures that await along its route. And an all day pass is just $3. streetcar.atlantaga.gov.

visitdecaturgeorgia.com

• The Artmore Hotel: If you’re planning to make the heart of downtown Atlanta your headquarters, and one of the sleek highrise hotels there is not your style, this contemporary update of an historic building makes a good alternative. artmorehotel.com.

• If your flight is late or you’d just like to ease into the MARTA system, the first stop after the airport is College Station, to which the Hotel Indigo is immediately adjacent. hotelindigo.com.

• Urban Oasis Bed and Breakfast: If you’d like to explore Atlanta on two wheels, Urban Oasis B&B makes a perfect starting point, located as it is directly across from the Beltline Bike Shop. They’ll pick you up from a nearby MARTA stop. urbanoasisbandb.com.

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Atlanta Without a Car? ›

Exploring the city is easy with varied transit options
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  • Walking and Biking.

Can you get around Atlanta without a car? ›

A bike is helpful for getting around without a car, otherwise, bus 2, 3, 102, 809, 816 and 899 travel through the neighborhood and provide a short ride to destinations including the King Memorial MARTA station, North Avenue MARTA station, Piedmont Park and downtown Atlanta.

Is Atlanta a walkable city? ›

Atlanta ranks no. 21 among most-walkable large cities in the U.S., according to Walk Score. The index measures the walkability of cities and neighborhoods across the country using scores from zero to 100 based on the distance to amenities, access to transit and availability of bike lanes and road connectivity.

What is the best way to get around Atlanta? ›

The best way to get around Atlanta is by MARTA, Atlanta's public transportation system. MARTA operates both bus and rail lines throughout the city and into nearby suburbs.
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Uber and Lyft are also available in Atlanta.
  1. Atlanta Checker Cab.
  2. Yellow Cab of Atlanta.
  3. Uber.
  4. Lyft.

Can you walk around downtown Atlanta? ›

Enjoy Downtown by Foot

With a walk score of 90, Downtown is a walker's paradise! Check out our interactive destinations map to explore places you can visit during your lunch break or after office hours. There are also several PATH trails that cross the Downtown area that you can enjoy.

Why Is Atlanta the city too busy to hate? ›

In the 1960s in an effort to promote Atlanta as a racially progressive city and to distinguish Atlanta from the racial violence occuring in other Southern cities, city leaders coined the moniker "The City Too Busy Too Hate." Belying this marketing slogan were the deeply embedded segregation laws, policies and practices ...

Is it easy to get around Atlanta? ›

Despite its sprawling layout and debilitating traffic, Atlanta is fairly easy to navigate, both with your own set of wheels or on public transportation. The city is well served by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority bus and rail system and a downtown tram.

Is Atlanta safe to walk around? ›

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Atlanta is generally safe, though some neighborhoods are best avoided. A crime that does occur is mainly between members of street gangs or individuals who know each other, and in areas that are of no interest to visitors. Avoid sketchy neighborhoods and take normal precaution measures.

What is the best month to visit Atlanta? ›

The best time to visit Atlanta is from March to May, when you can take advantage of mild weather while enjoying the city's concerts and outdoor activities. Though you'll also have access to various events between June and August, Atlanta summers are notoriously hot and humid, and room rates are at their highest.

Is Buckhead walkable? ›

Sandwiched between Downtown and Midtown Atlanta, Buckhead creates an urban vibe that's sustainable, walkable to many restaurants, parks and green space, and incredible shopping. And since it's one of the most walkable areas in Atlanta, it makes sense why people are trying to get the coveted Buckhead zip code.

Where should you not go in Atlanta? ›

Safe Neighborhoods and Areas to Avoid in Atlanta

The most dangerous parts of Atlanta include U-Rescue Villa, Old Fourth Ward, Kirkwood (which is known for gangs), Castleberry Hill, Washington Park, Edgewood, Peoplestown, Vine City, and East Atlanta Village.

Can you bypass Atlanta? ›

If you don't want to do either, a simple fix is to use I-285. I-285 rings Atlanta and connects the three interstates that pass through it. When you're approaching Atlanta, just exit the interstate you're currently on and follow I-285 until you meet the interstate you were previously on.

Is it faster to take the bypass around Atlanta? ›

1) Go secondary roads. It will take longer than going through Atlanta (without rush hour) but you keep moving. 2) Go through Atlanta on interstate. You will spend about the same amount of time, but you join in the misery of rush hour traffic in Atlanta.

Is it safe in downtown Atlanta? ›

On weekdays, Downtown is absolutely safe. You'll see a few homeless people, but these will be far outnumbered by business people, tourists and Downtown Ambassadors (city officials in white hats who provide directions and other services to visitors - don't hesitate to ask them for help).

Is there a beach in Atlanta? ›

Located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Georgia's capital city of Atlanta is landlocked. So no, there are no real beaches in Atlanta. Originally a railroad town, it's now a city of mansions, museums, and highrises. To go swimming in the city, a pool is probably your best bet.

When did Atlanta end segregation? ›

Segregation Protest

Students protest segregation at the state capitol building in Atlanta on February 1, 1962. The passage of the federal Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965 ended legal segregation across the nation. Courtesy of Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

What is Atlanta's slogan? ›

Then there is Atlanta's new slogan, unveiled by the city's marketing arm last week: "Every Day Is an Opening Day."

Who transformed Atlanta into a modern city? ›

Since the 1980s, when the Atlanta Olympic Committee was preparing its marketing campaign to win hosting honors for the 1996 Olympic Games, city leaders have framed it as “a miracle modern city,” in the words of then-mayor Maynard Jackson.

Does Atlanta have good public transport? ›

Atlanta is tied for second worst place in the nation, the study found, when it comes to using public transit to get to and from work. The average commute for a metro Atlantan using a bus or train takes 53 minutes. That's trumped only by Los Angeles, where transit users need an average of 54 minutes to commute.

Does Atlanta have a bus system? ›

Fixed-Route Transit Systems in Metro Atlanta

The Atlanta region's public transit system includes multiple transit agencies. ATLTransit.org provides information on routes, fares, transfers and trip planning. MARTA provides heavy rail and bus service in Fulton and DeKalb Counties, and bus service in Clayton County.

How is Atlanta driving? ›

Driving through the City of Atlanta isn't much more difficult than driving in most major cities. However, it can be overwhelming for drivers unprepared for busy freeways, long traffic jams, and a sprawling network of highways. So plan your route ahead of time, use your GPS, and avoid rush hour.

Is Atlanta safer than Chicago? ›

Crime in Chicago vs Atlanta

The violent crime rate in Chicago is 943 violent crimes per 100,000 people. That compares to the national average of 382 violent crimes/100k people. Atlanta is a safer city with a total crime rate of 5,423 crimes/100k people, but note that's still double the national average!

Is Atlanta worth visiting? ›

There are countless reasons why Atlanta is a great place to visit. Lonely Planet named Atlanta as the only U.S. city to visit in the global Best in Travel 2022, Booking.com revealed that Atlanta is one of the top 8 trending destinations to explore for 2022 in the Booking.com Travel Predictions 2022.

Is Atlanta safe to travel alone? ›

Atlanta is a great city for solo travel in the United States. Also, it's the capital city of Georgia. If you want to make new friends, there are many perfect activities in the city.

Is Atlanta crowded? ›

Not only did Atlanta make a top-growing list, but so did a small Georgia city.

Is Atlanta cold in January? ›

January Weather in Atlanta Georgia, United States. Daily high temperatures are around 53°F, rarely falling below 39°F or exceeding 66°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 52°F on January 8. Daily low temperatures are around 36°F, rarely falling below 22°F or exceeding 51°F.

What is the hottest month in Atlanta? ›

The hottest month of the year in Atlanta is July, with an average high of 88°F and low of 71°F. The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 28 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 60°F. The coldest month of the year in Atlanta is January, with an average low of 35°F and high of 53°F.

Is it better to stay in Midtown or Downtown Atlanta? ›

Midtown is better stay than Downtown if you prefer the nightlife, arts scene, and cuisine, Downtown Atlanta is better stay than Midtown if you prefer lots of sightseeing and close to tourist attractions. If you want to relax at a bar brewpub with a distinctly alternative feel, then try Little Five Points.

What is the best part of Atlanta to stay in? ›

Atlanta's Midtown and Downtown neighborhoods make up the heart of the city and are the best places to stay for travelers who want to go sightseeing, especially those who prefer to be within walking distance of the main attractions. These areas also have a good selection of hotels.

What is Buckhead known for? ›

Known as an affluent, upscale neighborhood within the Atlanta city limits, beautiful Buckhead has both 'old' money and 'new' money. The area's wealth is evidenced by its continued growth, which includes the newly developed shopping areas, high-rise apartments, and trendy restaurants.

Why is Atlanta called the dirty? ›

For Goodie Mob, the South, in general—and Atlanta, in particular—was “dirty” because of its troubling racial history, its continuing record of black on black vio- lence, and its corrupt judicial system.

Is Buckhead safe? ›

Zone 2, which comprises the entire Greater Buckhead area, was formally acknowledged with the Crime Reduction Award for achieving the greatest reduction in overall Part 1 Crimes for 2021. Zone 2 was down 8% in crime compared with 2020, and down 12% compared with 2019.

What is the poorest part of Atlanta? ›

List of Poorest Zipcodes in Metro Atlanta
RankZipcodeZip Name
130314Atlanta
230297Forest Park
330021Clarkston
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What time is Atlanta traffic the worst? ›

Atlanta's rush hours run from about 6am to 10am in the morning and 3pm to 7pm in the evening. If you can't completely avoid those times, try to stay off the roads between 7-8am and 5-6pm, when the city sees 5.1% and 5.8% of its daily traffic volume, respectively. Take back roads when you can.

When should I avoid traffic in Atlanta? ›

The morning rush hour in Atlanta starts as early as 4 a.m., and it can last as late as 10 a.m., but the worst of it begins around 6 or 7 a.m. In the evening, you can expect the worst traffic from 3:30 p.m. to at late as 7:30 p.m. This is a long stretch of time when the roads stay congested, so if you do not want to sit ...

Is 475 the bypass around Atlanta? ›

Interstate 475 (unsigned Georgia State Route 408) is a six lane bypass for I-75 to the west of Macon in central Georgia. The freeway provides long distance travelers between Atlanta and Florida with a bypass of the in-city route of Interstate 75 through Macon.

How do I miss Atlanta traffic? ›

Here are our best tips for getting through Atlanta traffic:
  1. Take I-285. ...
  2. When it's raining. ...
  3. Avoid I-285 if possible. ...
  4. Keep your navigation system updated. ...
  5. Keep out of far-right lanes. ...
  6. Remember that it's always rush hour in Atlanta.

What is the best time of day to drive through Atlanta? ›

If you are looking to avoid the worst traffic in Atlanta, consider planning your travel between 10 AM to 3 PM. These tend to be the least peak hours for Atlanta traffic, avoiding both the morning rush hour and the evening rush hour. This is the best time of day for Atlanta travel.

How long does it take to drive through Atlanta during rush hour? ›

During Atlanta's 8 to 9 a.m. rush hour, it tends to take about 2.3 minutes to drive just a single mile.

What does Peachtree mean in Atlanta? ›

Freebase. Peachtree. Standing Peachtree was a Creek Indian village and the closest Indian settlement to what is now Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. It was located where Peachtree Creek flows into the Chattahoochee River, in today's Paces neighborhood.

What is Atlanta Georgia known for? ›

Things to See

Downtown Atlanta is home to CNN, The World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium and the National Center for Civil & Human Rights.

Why does Atlanta have so many Peachtree streets? ›

Atlanta grew on a site occupied by the Creek people, which included a major village called Standing Peachtree. There is some dispute over whether the Creek settlement was called Standing Peachtree or Standing Pitch Tree, corrupted later to peach.

Is downtown Atlanta safe after dark? ›

Downtown is not unsafe after dark. Not much is open past 11 either. For what its worth, you'll be in the Georgia State University area, so use the same awareness you'd expect any college student to use. I feel bad for them not having much fun around late either.

Is Dixie Hills Atlanta safe? ›

"The crime rate is not that high but this neighborhood can be rough."

Is Decatur safe? ›

Based on FBI crime data, Decatur is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Georgia, Decatur has a crime rate that is higher than 67% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Can you walk around downtown Atlanta? ›

Enjoy Downtown by Foot

With a walk score of 90, Downtown is a walker's paradise! Check out our interactive destinations map to explore places you can visit during your lunch break or after office hours. There are also several PATH trails that cross the Downtown area that you can enjoy.

How far is Atlanta from the ocean? ›

It's about 3.5 hours, or if you'd rather measure the distance from Atlanta to Savannah in miles, it's around 250 miles, making Tybee Island the closest beach to Atlanta, and perfect for quick getaways. What is this?

Does Atlanta have good public transportation? ›

Atlanta is tied for second worst place in the nation, the study found, when it comes to using public transit to get to and from work. The average commute for a metro Atlantan using a bus or train takes 53 minutes. That's trumped only by Los Angeles, where transit users need an average of 54 minutes to commute.

How much is public transportation in Atlanta? ›

Standard Fares

Standard MARTA fare is $2.50 with four free transfers allowed within a three-hour period.

Is it difficult to drive in Atlanta Georgia? ›

Driving through the City of Atlanta isn't much more difficult than driving in most major cities. However, it can be overwhelming for drivers unprepared for busy freeways, long traffic jams, and a sprawling network of highways. So plan your route ahead of time, use your GPS, and avoid rush hour.

Is there a subway system in Atlanta? ›

Atlanta's subway system, operated by MARTA, is the eighth-busiest in the United States. The rail system is complemented by MARTA's bus system, the 14th-largest in the country.

Is Atlanta safe for tourists? ›

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM. Atlanta is generally safe, though some neighborhoods are best avoided. A crime that does occur is mainly between members of street gangs or individuals who know each other, and in areas that are of no interest to visitors. Avoid sketchy neighborhoods and take normal precaution measures.

How do people dress in Atlanta in February? ›

Winter Travel

A few pairs of jeans, a handful of long-sleeved shirts or sweaters and a medium-bulk jacket should be plenty warm enough and just enough to get you through the weekend. Scarves, knit caps and gloves will provide extra warmth while you're out exploring the town.

Does Atlanta have light rail? ›

Light rail

The system was constructed by the City of Atlanta and was integrated into MARTA operations on July 1, 2018. The streetcar operates on a 2.7-mile (4.3 km) pinched loop system in Downtown Atlanta.

Is it safe to ride MARTA in Atlanta? ›

MARTA, or the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, is generally a safe public transportation system. In fiscal year 2019, there were a total of 421 reported crimes, which averages out to 35 crimes per month.

How do you pay for the bus in Atlanta? ›

The regular MARTA fare is $2.50 for a one-way trip on trains and buses. You can pay exact cash, but only on buses, otherwise, fare must be added to a reloadable Breeze Card ($2) or a $1 disposable paper ticket. You can purchase the fare card or ticket, along with fare, at all MARTA rail stations or online.

How long is the Atlanta streetcar route? ›

The Atlanta Streetcar is Atlanta's newest transportation option. The 2.7-mile loop makes 12 stops that connect Centennial Olympic Park with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park and nearby neighborhoods east of Downtown.

What's the worst time to drive through Atlanta? ›

The morning rush hour in Atlanta starts as early as 4 a.m., and it can last as late as 10 a.m., but the worst of it begins around 6 or 7 a.m. In the evening, you can expect the worst traffic from 3:30 p.m. to at late as 7:30 p.m. This is a long stretch of time when the roads stay congested, so if you do not want to sit ...

Does Atlanta have the worst drivers? ›

Atlanta Residents Among America s Worst Drivers

The list ranks America's 200 largest cities by looking at the frequency of car collisions based on insurance claims data. Atlanta was ranked amongst the nation's worst drivers, placing 146th.

What is the best time of day to travel through Atlanta? ›

Remember that it's always rush hour in Atlanta.

It's best to schedule your appointments for times outside the usual rush periods. Leave at 10am to get home by 3 or 4 if you can. Don't “block the box.” Entering an intersection before you can safely pass through does NO ONE any good and creates a lot of frustration.

What does MARTA mean in Atlanta? ›

And in 1965, those proposals led to the passing of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Act — or as we know it today: MARTA.

And I remember pulling my bike off to the side of the road and thinking, Did he just try to kill me?. In Atlanta, the car is king, and we pedestrians and cyclists, by and large, are expected to yield to motorists.. As with DeKalb Avenue and Memorial Drive, I won’t bring my bike to Buckhead.. I’ve made that mistake before and ended up walking the bike.. Traversing the city by car or bike, you’re sure to miss the elements of Atlanta that make Atlanta, well, Atlanta.. We need complete streets initiatives—upgrades to cyclist and pedestrian facilities, many times at the expense of automobile lanes—everywhere.. To make things like that happen, road diets—cutting out a car lane to create better bike and walker facilities—would be needed.. Maybe one day that won’t sound so radical.

In Atlanta it isn’t as easy to go car-free because of sprawl and fewer walkable neighborhoods that provide the amenities needed for daily life.. W Atlanta – Downtown.. Nicknamed ATL, The Big Peach, or The City in a Forest, Atlanta is a great place to live with a low cost of living and endless things to do .. Atlanta has a unique culture all its own with a fairly young population, a bustling city center packed with urban parks and amenities, and famously walkable neighborhoods.. The best way to get around Atlanta is by MARTA, Atlanta’s public transportation system .. Uber and Lyft are also available in Atlanta.. Sandwiched between Downtown and Midtown Atlanta, Buckhead creates an urban vibe that’s sustainable, walkable to many restaurants, parks and green space, and incredible shopping.. And since it’s one of the most walkable areas in Atlanta , it makes sense why people are trying to get the coveted Buckhead zip code.. Miami79.2 The 5 Most Walkable Neighborhoods in Atlanta. Within the metro area, the city of Atlanta has the most expensive rents, averaging $1,600 a month for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,080 for two bedrooms , according to Zumper, a San Francisco apartment listing company.. The cost of living in Atlanta, GA is -44.4% lower than in New York, NY .. Atlanta’s cost of living is just slightly higher than the national average – about 1.8% higher.. If you’re looking to stay in the safest neighborhoods in Atlanta, stick in and north of Midtown, into the suburbs, and on the east side of the city , rather than the west.. In Atlanta it isn’t as easy to go car-free because of sprawl and fewer walkable neighborhoods that provide the amenities needed for daily life.

If you live outside of the I-285 perimeter, this post probably won't help you a lot.. We both can work from home a lot and our offices are reachable by Marta within 30 minutes.. Total cost of car ownership is what you need to look at.. We multiplied that time by the hourly equivalent of our salaries to gauge lost productivity costs.We then compared all these cost against what it would cost for a monthly Marta pass, taking Lyft everyday to and from work, a ZipCar membership, plus a bike share membership.. COMMUTING Where you work can make or break the no car lifestyle.

Atlanta isn't one of those cities you'll always find sitting with their good side to the room – a visitor could find themselves here again and again and still not understand why locals like the place so darn much.. To truly know Atlanta, however, is to really begin to appreciate Atlanta – this cannot and will not happen, though, if you simply ride around town in your car, enjoying the city's many traffic jams and egregious misuses of urban space, passing judgment from the driver's seat.. It's a big city, so there's a lot going on down here, but the heart of town isn't necessarily where you'll find Atlanta at it's most compelling.. Far from just one of the city's most important historic areas, this close-in neighborhood has become extremely popular with Atlanta's sizable cool crowd – wander up Irwin Street to the Krog Street Market, a well-curated food hall offering everything from dan dan noodles to barbecue to high-end ice creams.. The market is located just next to the growing Atlanta BeltLine, a miles-long, multi-use trail that's become a car-free superhighway through some of Intown's hottest zipcodes.. Just before the trail hits busy Ponce de Leon Avenue, to the left you won't be able to miss the massive old warehouse complex that's recently been reborn as the rather dazzling Ponce City Market.. If you were pressed for time, you're now just a quick Uber ride from the nearest MARTA station, but you've come this far – why not do one more mile on the BeltLine – this will bring you directly to Atlanta's giant front lawn, Piedmont Park.. As with any great city park, there's a ton going on here – if you've just got time for one stop, make tracks for the Atlanta Botanic Garden.. Angle your way through the man made canyons of Midtown, aiming generally for the Arts District MARTA station – just before you get there, you'll find the High Museum of Art, the rather dramatic home to a wide-ranging collection and considered to be one of the best museums in the Southeast.

It’s important to understand this because I cannot conveniently walk to MARTA (4 miles).. Even though I did not have a car for the past 11 months, my wife did.. I’ve had trips to the airport cost a few dollars.. The MARTA + Lyft Line is the move.. Do that twice a day and that’s 12/day on transportation, or $3120 to get to and from work for the year.. Meeting new, interesting people was by far and away the biggest benefit of ride sharing for 11 months.. Why I Did Ride Sharing for Almost a Year

Our plane landed at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport about 10:30. p.m. We collected our suitcases and strolled into the adjacent MARTA. (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) station.. 31 bus with us. back to Five Points from Grant Park, site of Zoo Atlanta and the Cyclorama (a. Civil War museum that portrays the Battle of Atlanta in 1864).. Cable News Network's studio tour, the Georgia World Congress Center and the. Omni Coliseum are closest to Omni Station, one station west of Five Points.. The home is in an. urban-renewal area with infrequent bus transportation, so the best way to get. there is by cab from MARTA's West End Station.. 16 bus to the Carter. Center at Five Points Station or ride a train to the Toman Park-Reynoldstown. Station and catch the No.. North of downtown, SciTrek - Atlanta's hands-on science museum for. children, with more than 100 exhibits - is a two-block walk along Ralph McGill. Boulevard from MARTA's Civic Center Station.. A covered walkway connects MARTA's Arts Center Station with Atlanta's High. Museum of Art.. To visit the Atlanta Historical Society, take the train to Lenox Station. and transfer to the No.. Permanent exhibits in the history museum depict Atlanta's Civil War. experience (including the Battle of Atlanta), and the city's history from. Reconstruction to the present.. Each year Atlanta Historical Society re-enacts the Battle of Atlanta at an. Atlanta Civil War Encampment, at which hundreds of men, women and children. demonstrate camp life, including open-fire cooking and firing muskets.. For a MARTA system map and bus schedules, write MARTA Headquarters. RideStore, 2424 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta, Ga. 30324-3324.. There are RideStores next to the Lindbergh Center Station, at Airport. Station and near the Peachtree Street entrance to Five Points Station.. For information on Atlanta's attractions, hotels and restaurants, contact. the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Suite 2000, 233 Peachtree Street. N.E., Atlanta, Ga. 30303, phone 404-521-6600.

Alternate Routes to Avoid Atlanta GA:If you want to see the country and have a relaxed time driving your RV, you should try Route 129 through Macon and up to Athens as an alternative way to bypass the city.. For interstate highway travel, that would be the best route but many people feel that the I-285 is as congested as the I-75 and you may need to find some state highways to travel if you want to avoid all the traffic this city has.. It is a ring road and connect with all the other 5 major interstates that have their routes through Atlanta.. But, Atlanta’s traffic problems have hit the I-285 as well and you need to avoid this highway during peak traffic hours.. There are some good routes on the State system that makes sure you get by Atlanta without any real traffic hassles and can lead you back to your preferred interstate once you get clear of the city. One of the key pieces of advice we found that came from experienced Atlanta driving RV owners was that if you want to avoid Atlanta traffic, you need to travel straight through the city around 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., give or take an hour.. To navigate through the Atlanta area, it is best to take your time, slow down some and try traveling in non-peak traffic times.

The state minimum requirement for auto insurance is only 25/50/25.. This means that every driver is required to have at least $25,000 worth of bodily liability insurance per person, $50,000 of bodily liability insurance per accident, and $25,000 of property damage insurance.. Additionally, Georgia’s minimum coverage limits may not be enough to completely cover the other driver if you’re in an accident .. You may even see highway signs that state “Slower traffic, move right.” Failure to move over may result in a fine or a ticket.. Georgia has also created a law to slow down and move over for not only the police, but emergency responders, tow truck drivers, and garbage trucks.. Georgia law requires cars to turn their headlights on in the rain , even in the daytime.. If two or more cars stop at the intersection at the same time, the driver to the left of the person on the main road goes first, and then each driver takes turns going, clockwise, around the intersection.. The state’s “Click it or Ticket” law enforces a hefty fine for any driver not wearing a seatbelt.. Unless it impedes your driving in another way, kicking off your shoes to ride around on the open road is not illegal in Georgia.. Even if you’re playing the role of designated driver for a night out, make sure that no one in your car has an open container of alcohol.

In the state of Georgia, operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license is more than just another type of traffic ticket or citation.. Law in the state of Georgia prohibits most individuals from driving a motor vehicle upon a highway unless that individual has a valid driver’s license.. Not Having a Driver’s License in One’s Possession.. In these situations, motor vehicle operators are licensed to drive but at the time of receiving the citation, the driver lacked a physical driver’s license.. The state of Georgia contains law that exempts several groups of individuals from the requirement that an individual must have a valid driver’s license in order to operate a motor vehicle.. An employee of the United States government while operating a motor vehicle owned by the United States Government in the course of carrying out that individual’s job is sometimes not required to possess a current driver’s license.. A nonresident who has a valid driver’s license in that non-resident’s home state or country is not required to possess a current driver’s license provided that individual would otherwise satisfy all requirement of a Georgia driver’s license.. There are two types of charges of which motorists in the state of Georgia should be aware: driving without a license and driving on a suspended license.. Driving without a License.. Driving on a Suspended License.. The minimum sentence for driving on a suspended license is two days in jail and a fine of at least five hundred dollars.. Two other types of potential defenses including arguing that an individual was not driving a motor vehicle.. Be sure to discuss all of your defenses with a skilled attorney from Yeargan & Kert, LLC.. The legal counsel at Yeargan & Kert, LLC can help individuals charged with such offenses in several ways including arguing before a court of law for the best situation possible, identifying aspects that might create a strong defense, and pursuing the possibility of reduced sentencing.. Take control of your situation today by contacting our law firm.

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