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Atlanta EventsIn addition to the city's many cultural and historic landmarks, this destination hosts a number of outstanding festivals and events that may coincide with your visit. If your travel dates are flexible, you can take advantage of the many fun places to go. Here's a sampling of things to do in Atlanta when you plan your trip.

When little white flower clusters start blooming on dogwood trees, you know spring has come to Atlanta. There's really no better way to celebrate than to attend the Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park in early April. The arts and crafts festival has taken place since 1936 at the beginning of spring, when the trees are at their prettiest. In addition to a chance to admire the delicate blooms, the event offers many fun things to do with friends, including an artists' market, hot air balloon floats and a disc dog competition.

Things to Do: Celebrate Spring, Jazz and More

Auburn Avenue is the venue for Sweet Auburn Springfest in early May, offering entertainment on 10 stages, the Children's Fantastic Fun Zone, a food court and a marketplace. The Atlanta Jazz Festival , in late May, features international artists and offers a range of activities in the metro area.

The Peachtree Road Race 10K , a 10-kilometer event in which 60,000 runners participate, takes place July 4 in downtown Atlanta.

The destination draws lots of visitors when the ACC and SEC square off in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl , one of the top bowl games in college football. The event takes place in December.

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Atlanta, GA

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Travel Information

City Population

420,003

Elevation

1,050 ft.

Sales Tax

The sales tax in the Atlanta metro area is 8.9 percent. An additional 7 percent is levied on hotel rooms, bringing the total tax on hotel stays to 15 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(404) 614-6544

Time and Temperature

(770) 455-7141

Hospitals

Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center, (404) 265-4000; Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, (678) 843-7001; Emory University Hospital, (404) 712-2000; Grady Memorial Hospital, (404) 616-1000; Northside Hospital, (404) 851-8000; Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, (404) 605-5000.

Visitor Information

233 Peachtree St. N.E. Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30303. Phone:(404)521-6600 or (800)285-2682

Air Travel

Atlanta is served by

Rental Cars

Hertz, with offices downtown and at the airport, offers discounts to AAA members; phone (404) 530-2925 or (800) 654-3080. For listings of other agencies check the telephone directory.

Rail Service

Amtrak train service is provided out of Southern Railway's Peachtree Station, known locally as Brookwood Station, at 1688 Peachtree St. N.W.; phone (800) 872-7245. Atlanta is a major stop on Amtrak's route known as “The Crescent,” which connects New York City with New Orleans.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc., 232 Forsyth St. S.W., is the major bus line serving Atlanta; phone (404) 584-1728 for recorded information or (800) 231-2222. There is a location at the airport at 6000 N. Terminal Dr.; phone (404) 765-9598.

Taxis

Cab companies include Checker Cab, (404) 351-1111; and Yellow, (404) 521-0200. Taxis are metered. Base fare for Checker Cab and Yellow is $2.50, $2 for each additional one-eighth mile and $2 for each additional passenger. A fuel surcharge may apply. Other taxi companies are listed in the telephone directory.

Public Transportation

Atlanta's public transportation consists of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's (MARTA) bus, rail and subway systems. See Public Transportation for details.

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