Brief & Candid: What to Expect When You Meet in ATL

This guide on what to expect when meeting in Atlanta will help you introduce the city to your group so they can feel right at home while they’re here.
  • Here's what to expect when you visit ATL. (📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    Here's what to expect when you visit ATL. (📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)

With all its wonderful quirks, beauty, and Southern charm, Atlanta is an exciting and accommodating city for any meeting. For planners that aren't very familiar with the city (aside from surface-level particulars), there can be a lot of unknowns when it comes to this buzzing metropolis.

  • When planning your large-scale or citywide convention/event in Atlanta, don't forget the nuances of the city that attendees will want to know about. They'll have questions like:
  • What's the weather going to be like while I'm in Atlanta?
  • What can I expect to see?
  • How easy is it to get around Atlanta?
  • What are the locals like?

Planners, it's all right here for you. Take a look.

Atlanta Fairlie Poplar

(📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)

What to Expect with Weather and Climate

Atlanta experiences all four seasons including some humid summer days, often, with temperatures reaching the in the uppers. Therefore, be cognizant of which outdoor activities you choose when planning a meeting during the summer. The city is well-prepared for this though, offering ample indoor meeting spaces and nice and cool attractions for visitors.

While the winters are generally mild, the city does occasionally experience that true feeling of winter weather, so come prepared. Spring and fall tend to be comfortable, breezy and beautiful, and both residents and visitors alike love to enjoy the city's lush green spaces during these seasons.

Atlanta Festival

(📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)

What to See

Atlanta is a truly eclectic city, and each of its numerous neighborhoods house hidden gems that will keep groups wanting to explore more. Two of Atlanta's most dense and notable neighborhoods are Downtown and Midtown.

Midtown is home to attractions and venues like the Fox Theatre, the High Museum of Art, and the expansive Piedmont Park, and offers a great laid-back atmosphere. Downtown is where attendees will find some of Atlanta's largest facilities and venues and its most popular tourist sights, such as the World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park, and the Georgia Aquarium.

Atlanta MARTA Station

(📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)

While the city is car-friendly and tends to offer ample parking, expect traffic (it's the hub of the southeast!). Most of Atlanta's sights can be visited using the MARTA rapid rail transit system, which offers both bus and train services.

Atlanta People

(📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)

Atlanta's People

Atlanta is a diverse and culturally robust city. While located in the heart of the south, the destination draws people from all regions of the U.S. and the world who seek to take advantage of its opportunities. Since Atlanta's population is made up of so many transplants, its people are generally welcoming to visitors and will gladly offer a helping hand when the opportunity arises. The hospitality shown by Atlanta's people and businesses plays a big role in the city being such a sought-after location for events and meetings.

Need more insider information? The ACVB is your group of planning experts that live and breathe this awesome city. Reach out!

For more information about how your group can benefit from visiting Atlanta, read the other insider blogs here.

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