Traffic & Driving, Atlanta
Atlanta used to be called "Hotlanta" for all its trendy style.
Now, it still has some of the charm of an old southern city but it may get lost in some of the worst traffic you might come across plus---nothing seems to be "close".
There is so much history to Atlanta and the surrounding region. Whether you are a Civil War buff, a sports fan or want to visit the south's largest aquarium, Atlanta has it all.
Fondest memory: When I first visited Atlanta 20 years ago and saw the "Underground" and the World of Coca Cola Museum, I was impressed by the large number of trees and wooded areas of Atlanta and its suburbs. There are hills, rivers, change of colors, and diverse ecology. And you are close driving distance to many unique areas from the plains and cotton fields to the North Georgia Mountains.
Like most places in the USA, you will need a car to get anywhere, unless you like being stuck in your hotel room.
I went to Atlanta for work for three days, but forgot to take my driving licence. Imagine the hassle...
Thankfully I found a lovely cab driver by the name of Sam!
You'll realize it eventually, so I might as well tell you now. Atlanta has something like 5,000 different roads named Peachtree. Peachtree Road, Peachtree Street, Peachtree Avenue, Peachtree Hills, Peachtree Park, Peachtree Industrial Boulevard... you get the idea. They are not all the same road; in fact, some are in different parts of the city altogether (though none of them go to Peachtree City, a suburb in Alabama -- actually it just seems like it's in Alabama -- the suburbs go on forever here).
Anyway, you're assured of getting lost and confused when it comes to Peachtrees, so just accept it, take MARTA, and move on.
Favorite thing: Ah, the traffic snarls of Buckhead. It's the Way We Live Now. Phipps Plaza Mall meets Lenox Square Mall meets Target and Borders and Filene's Basement . . . And I've never seen so many Hummers on the road as in Atlanta. It's good to know that the American Dream is safe in the New South.