Atlanta Travel Guide

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As Cherry Blossom Season Appoaches, Don't Sleep on Atlanta's Dogwood Festival

March 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

When spring rolls around it’s clear that those cherry blossoms are the center of attention, as they’re featured in festivals from Washington, DC, to Japan. However, we’ve got to say that there’s other flowering flora that deserves a little attention, so we’d like to put in a plug for the goings on over in Atlanta in just a couple of weeks.

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Frankly, My Dear, Here's a Tour That Will Make You Give a Damn About Atlanta

March 14, 2014 at 3:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Gone With The Wind, Atlanta Movie Tours is launching Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind Tour.

Kicking off April 5th, the 3-hour tour will be based on Mitchell's life and her novel which was made into one of the most beloved movies of all time.

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Set to Start in July, Southwest Airlines Announces International Routes to the Caribbean

January 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like Southwest has been thinking about this for years and years, and that was especially the case when it decided to gobble up operations over at AirTran. Now things are a reality, as Southwest Airlines is planning to cross the border for the very first time.

This summer will be when the flights first take to the skies, as the initial international flights are scheduled to begin on July 1. Do not expect long haul journeys across continents and oceans, but if you’re looking for the warm waters of the Caribbean, Southwest will have you more than covered.

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Follow a New 'Hunger Games' Tour through the Atlanta of 'Catching Fire'

December 6, 2013 at 2:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that most Hunger Games fans have seen Katniss Everdeen battle it out on the big screen in Catching Fire, they can follow in her footsteps.

Hunger Games Unofficial Fan Tours has finally launched a new Catching Fire tour in Atlanta. The tour includes stops at filming locations, hands-on activities, Archery Tag, and a Catching Fire-themed lunch menu.

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Are There Any Celebrities Who Weren't In Downtown ATL This Week?

May 9, 2013 at 2:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Downtown Atlanta could easily pass for Hollywood this week as a parade of stars has been making their way to Woodruff Park for Anchorman 2.

Sacha Baron Cohen, Liam Neeson, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jim Carrey, Kanye West, Kirsten Dunst, John C. Reilly, and James Marsden have all been spotted filming cameos for the movie, along with the movie's original cast members - Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner - at the park.

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This is What the Sequester Looks Like

April 25, 2013 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)


Passengers crowd a gate desk with questions about connecting flights during a sequester-imposed delay

$85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts is bound to cause more than a few frowny faces, but though the furlough of federal workers began gradually in March, it's just these last couple weeks that've seen the cuts slash more than just the government workforce. With an estimated 10% of the US' air traffic controllers furloughed each day, airports can't handle the volume of flights they're used to and, thus, the flight delays and cancellations have begun.

We were stuck in one ourselves, luckily only a two-hour delay of a Delta mainline flight between two of the busiest airports in the country—Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson and Newark-Liberty. It's not the airline's fault in the least; the weather was excellent, the plane was at the gate ready to fly, and yet passengers sat in confusion as the delay was announced as "due to the federal sequester."

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Head to Atlanta Airport for Your Flight, But Stay for the Food

March 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

With so many planes and people heading around the globe it’s more than likely that you’ll end up on a Delta flight sooner than later. With that comes a pretty safe assumption that you might find yourself down in Georgia, as you make your way between the different concourses of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. All that walking around might just make you hungry, but of course the airport has you more than covered. Thankfully they’re even getting ready to add a few more dining options.

Chick-fil-A and One Flew South are a couple of our airport favorites, but that doesn’t mean that the airport dining fun ends there. Local establishment Ecco has just arrived at the airport, and they’re taking up some valuable real estate over in the new international terminal—Concourse F. The place also does its thing in midtown Atlanta, and we’d expect much of the same from this new location with their “seasonally inspired cuisine with European influences." Think wood fired pizzas, plenty of pasta, and cured meats and cheeses. Let’s just hope the cocktail menu translates well to the airport, as the one with the Strega, Aperol and hopped grapefruit bitters sounds pretty darn tasty.

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Conan O'Brien's Next Road Trip Will Being Him to Atlanta

January 11, 2013 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Conan O'Brien is taking his show on the road, again.

This week the talk show host announced he is bringing Conan to Atlanta for a week leading up to the Final Four. Conan will tape four episodes of his show at Atlanta's Tabernacle Concert Hall on April 1-4, 2013.

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Will 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Bring Movie Tourists to Atlanta?

September 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Filming officially began this week in Atlanta for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and it's only a matter of time before the movie's filming locations become the city's hottest tourist destinations.

The first Hunger Games movie was shot in North Carolina and launched a entire new tourism industry for the state, including survival trips and location tours.

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BYOB, as in 'Bottle,' Arrives at Atlanta Airport

July 10, 2012 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

With temperatures reaching the triple digits pretty much all of this week, it’s likely that you’ll need a cool beverage if you’re traveling to or through Atlanta. Seriously, even air conditioning has its limits. Thankfully ATL has taken the hint from other airports around the country, and they’re busy installing some slick water filling stations.

No longer are you subject to the Hudson News markup on a bottle of Dasani, as now you’ll be able to scoot right through the TSA line with an empty bottle and fill up with some high quality H20—all free of charge.

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Atlanta Airport's Brand New International Terminal is Already Causing Trouble

May 31, 2012 at 10:37 AM | by | Comment (1)

We were all excited about the new shopping and dining options as well as the new airport smell that recently arrived at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, but it already looks like there’s something to complain about. In case you missed it the airport just cut the ribbon on a brandy new international terminal—Concourse F.

You’d think that airport officials would have focused plenty of attention and planning on the new terminal’s ability to process plenty of international arrivals and departures in a quick and efficient manner. After all, that’s what it’s there for. Well unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case, as there are already plenty of complaints about the new building's lack of efficiency for those passengers arriving from around the globe.

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Atlanta Airport's New $1.4 Billion Dollar International Terminal is Open!

May 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Smell that? That's the scent of brand new airport, as Atlanta's Airport opens the doors to their brand new Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal today. The building is 1.2 million square feet with 12 gates, and cost $1.4 billion to complete. Now that is finally completed, however, what can you expect as a traveler winging your way to or from far-away destinations?

Yummy, convenient food options. Pei Wei Asian Diner, The Varsity (classic American burgers and hot dogs), Ecco Kitchen, Jekyll Island Seafood Company, Lorena Garcia Tapas Bar, Maison Mathis, Sweet Auburn Market Café, The Pecan, and The original El Taco will fill out the terminal, and of course there will be a Starbucks. Notice no Sbarro for reheated, overpriced pizza slices! Progress!

(Hopefully) faster, easier security. There'll be two security checkpoints in the new terminal, with a total of 13 lanes. Of course those won't all be in use at the same time, but we have high hopes for an airport that's been designed after 9/11, after the introduction of mobile boarding passes and after years of new security rule after new security rule.

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