“What are the best things to do in Atlanta?” Not too long ago, we may have had to think a bit before answering that question. The two things that would spring to mind immediately were shopping and eating. But there’s so much more, with more restaurants, venues and shops opening every day.
Any fan of “Gone with the Wind” knows that most of Atlanta was burned during the Civil War. We’ve been rising up ever since, and residents joke the crane is our city bird as more buildings are being added to our skyline and tucked into our tree-lined streets every day.
Our population continues to grow as people move here to enjoy big-city amenities, the mild climate and access to the world’s busiest airport. The film industry is thriving here, adding another layer of diversity to our bustling economy. We’ve got city hustle with small town charm – a winning combination to those of us who live and visit here.
And people like to visit. More than 53 million came in 2016. They come to take in our growing list of impressive attractions like the world-class Georgia Aquarium, The Center for Civil and Human Rights and a new baseball stadium. They come to walk in the steps of film and TV stars – especially the enthusiastic fans of “Walking Dead and “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” They come for our delicious restaurants, wide range of shopping opportunities and hotels of every price range.
On our 100 Companies staff, we have several Atlanta natives. Our publisher and founder, Chris Schroder is 5th generation, and related to a good percentage of the population. Many of us have lived here all our lives and we all love the city we call home. Enjoy our look at Atlanta – its people, places and personality – along with several insider tips.