February 12, 2018

Atlanta: City in the forest

Atlanta exemplifies Southern hospitality, with individuals from all walks of life adding to this multicultural haven's charm and personality.

By DC Velocity Staff

As the South's most dynamic business center, Atlanta is home to a sprawling cityscape of towering buildings made of glass and steel. But there's a lot more to the city than high-rises and commerce. Dotted with expansive green spaces and often referred to as the "City in the Forest," this urban oasis was recently named to Lonely Planet's 2017 "Best in the U.S." list. Atlanta exemplifies Southern hospitality, with individuals from all walks of life adding to this multicultural haven's charm and personality.

Most of your time at MODEX will be spent at the Georgia World Congress Center, the third-largest convention center in the United States with 1.4 million square feet of exhibit space. However, to really experience the breadth of what Atlanta has to offer, you need to step outside the convention center and explore.

Centennial Olympic Park is downtown Atlanta's centerpiece and is anchored by the Fountain of Rings, an everlasting reminder of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Next door, attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, and Center for Civil and Human Rights surround Pemberton Place. Atlanta Streetcar is the city's modern-day trolley, carrying passengers from the convention and entertainment district to the Eastside section of the city.

Atlanta's rich history comes to life in Sweet Auburn Historic District, once the wealthiest black community in America. The area is a focal point for the American civil rights movement, as the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Ebenezer Baptist Church are located within the district.

Beyond the city's core, Atlanta's in-town neighborhoods are packed with personality. Midtown mixes elegance with culture. The Westside has become a magnet for foodies, design enthusiasts, and shoppers. Buckhead blends boutiques and galleries with fabulous dining, while Little Five Points keeps it funky through bohemian grunge paired with eclectic shops and music spots.

In Atlanta, chef-run restaurants dish up modern American cuisine in strikingly beautiful spaces. Among the cutting-edge eateries are cozy diners, cafés, and bistros. The ethnic mom-and-pop restaurants along Buford Highway offer menus with little English and lots of flavor. Locally owned craft breweries are sprinkled across the city, creating an unofficial "ale trail" for visitors to enjoy.

Atlanta welcomes more than 1 million international visitors each year. Seventy-five countries have representation in Atlanta through a consulate or trade office, giving it a diverse economy. From arts and culture to music and cuisine, the city is full of multicultural opportunities for everyone.

For more information on dining, shopping, and things to do in the City in the Forest during your stay, visit the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau at www.atlanta.net.