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They don’t call it Hotlanta for nothing! Atlanta is the place to be if you like culture, food, music, sports, history, nightlife, and great parks. If you are moving to Atlanta, the cost of living is affordable and jobs in all sectors are available, many from Fortune 500 companies.
But don’t just talk about it—get out there and soak up all you can about this cosmopolitan city and make it your home. Here are some of the hottest Atlanta attractions you should add to your must-visit list.
Atlanta is a popular center for filmmaking and Tyler Perry’s studio is just one star in this Hollywood of the South. It’s not uncommon to see celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Will Ferrell and Samuel L. Jackson working their magic in the ATL. And if the acting bug has bitten you, check out these casting companies to get work as an extra.
Let’s say you just pulled into town. But don’t even think about unloading that moving truck until you’ve had your barbecue. Go directly to Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q for ribs and Frito Pie. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for barbecue pop-ups like Philips Barbecue Company, one of the rotating food offerings at the Joystick Gamebar located in Sweet Auburn.
Moving to Atlanta will introduce you to tons of career opportunities. Growing job industries include bioscience, the Internet of Things, film and television, and construction and housing. Major employers include CNN, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, UPS and Delta Airlines. No matter what your skills, you’ll find a great gig in this vibrant city.
Growing job industries include bioscience, the Internet of Things, film and television, and construction and housing.
Atlanta is vibrant, growing and, yes, congested. Contending with so many other vehicles can be frustrating, but knowing the best times to head into traffic will help. Morning rush hour can start as early as 4 a.m. and last until 10 a.m. Evening rush hour can start around 3:30 p.m. and run until around 7:30 p.m. If you can avoid the highways during these times, do it. And one other thing—a lot of the inside right lanes transition into exit-only lanes without a lot of notice. Don’t get stuck. And don’t say we never told you.
Maybe it’s something in the air, maybe the planets all perfectly align here. Who knows for sure? But there’s some reason for the magical groove that grows hip-hop music in Atlanta. Ever since the 1980s, Atlanta has been the rap capital of the South, launching talent such as OutKast, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri, Jeezy and more. If hip-hop is your groove, check out The Basement and The Sound Table. Hip-hop festivals in the city bring lots of musicians together for day into night grooving. If hip-hop is your mantra, you can’t miss ONE Musicfest, ATL Hip-Hop Day Festival and Music Midtown, all held around the city in the fall.
Atlanta has its cosmopolitan side that it shows the world, but locals can’t wait to show newbies some of the more interesting spots in the area. Gone with the Wind fan? You can visit the Margaret Mitchell House to see where she wrote this famous tale and then head over to the Loew’s Grand Theater where the premiere of the movie was held in 1939. If you’re looking for something a bit bizarre, be sure to check out the Doll’s Head Trail just a few miles from downtown. The leafy pathway is dotted with pieces and parts of abandoned dolls—because sometimes you just need to take a walk surrounded by some dead doll babies.
Okay, so almost everybody knows that Coke was developed in Atlanta. You can learn about the cola legend as well as taste new Coke flavors from all over the world at this museum. A few blocks over is the Center for Puppetry Arts, a hands-on museum with international puppets. More traditional museums include the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta History Center and the High Museum of Art.
This southern locale conjures up tales of romance with gorgeous displays of hydrangeas, azaleas, magnolias and other lush blooms. Nicknamed “the city in a forest,” for its 47% tree cover, Atlanta’s beautiful green spaces help residents forget they are so close to one of the busiest cities in the world. One of your first green stops should be Piedmont Park where people and pets all run free. Just down the block is Atlanta Botanical Garden where rare plants sit side-by-side with more recognizable blooms. If you have fur babies, be sure to check out the many indoor and outdoor spots that welcome them to fetch, nap and just be adorable.
You may just be considering moving to Atlanta or maybe you’ve already found your new home in the city. Either way, it’s a great place to create an amazing life filled with innovative work, family- (and dog-) friendly neighborhoods, vibrant nightlife and plenty of Southern charm. Welcome to your new home.