Atlanta is frequented regularly by thousands of business travelers. Several large corporations, including Coca-Cola, CNN, Delta and Home Depot are headquartered in Atlanta and the airport is one of the largest in the US. Atlanta’s metro area has experienced tremendous growth in the past decade – going from 2.9 million people to 4.1, an increase of nearly 40%. Full of history, museums and world-class restaurants, there are countless things for business travelers to see and do when visiting Atlanta.
Atlanta is home to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, locally known as simply Hartsfield. Since 2005, it has been recognized as the busiest airport in the US due to the fact that it has more nonstop flights and destinations than any airport in the world. Business and leisure travelers can reach over 240 destinations in 45 countries non-stop via Hartsfield. Also, Hartsfield is the chief hub for Delta Airlines.
Being such a large airport, Hartsfield has every modern amenity that a business traveler could want. However, the size does create a problem for passengers catching connecting flights. Be sure to leave at least an hour for your connection to allow ample time to go from one gate to the other. Chances are if you are a frequent business traveler, Atlanta will be a frequent layover spot.
Getting Around Atlanta
Hartsfield has its own train station on the city’s rapid transit system – MARTA, which will get you to most places in the city. However, a rental car is a much better option for getting around Atlanta. The city is very large and you may run into traffic, so allow plenty of time when traveling around Atlanta. Unfortunately, the taxi system is not as good as in other cities such as New York.
What to See
Downtown Atlanta is centered on the Five Points – the intersection of Peachtree Street with Marietta, Broad, and Forsyth streets. There are many spots to visit within walking distance of this spot including the Atlanta International Museum of Art and Design, Folk Art Park, the CNN Center and Centennial Olympic Park. Other places worth seeing are the World of Coca-Cola Pavilion, the Civil War Museum, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic District and Zoo Atlanta.