|Quoting Hjulicher (Thread starter):|
I'm going to ATL this week, and I was wondering if there is anything exceptional that I should do or someplace that I absolutely have to go. I'll be staying just two days in Midtown. Also is MARTA reliable for travel between Midtown and the airport, and just how bad is ATL traffic?
1. MARTA is generally safe, even at night. The bigger problem is what you'll face at some of the stations. I've been around Midtown station after midnight and I don't think it's too bad. It will cost you $2.25 to go from the airport to Midtown. If you keep your ticket, then it will cost you $1.75 for all other trips. There's a 50 cent fee you have to pay to buy a reusable ticket, which is why your first ride costs more.
I'll go further than the previous poster and say MARTA is useless in downtown too. If you are staying in Midtown and need to get downtown, it'll be handy. But once you are downtown, everything is a ten to fifteen minute walk. Trains are every seven minutes, so it'll probably take longer to take a train and walk to where you're going than just walking the entire way.
2. As someone has mentioned, there's the CNN Center, World of Coca-Cola, and Georgia Aquarium. These three tourist attractions are by Centennial Olympic Park. While the park is nice, it'll only take about thirty minutes to see.
You may also want to visit the observation deck at the top of the Westin Hotel. Admission to the top is free if you are going to the bar/lounge or restaurant. The food is a rip-off but you might as well eat something AND
get a view than pay just for an elevator ride.
If you like parks, I'd recommend Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Center. There's also a zoo at Grant Park.
3. Traffic is not really that bad. The only time it gets terrible is during rush hour but every city has miserable traffic at peak times. I think Atlantans think the traffic is bad because
most of us spend half our waking hours on the road.