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Visiting Atlanta

As the international hub of the Southeast, Atlanta makes IWF convenient and easy to attend. Atlanta has hosted the International Woodworking Fair since 1984 and welcomes our attendees with convenient flights from all over the world landing at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. Atlanta also boasts sunny weather, beautiful hotels and many fun and interesting attractions in and around the city. Atlanta is a great place to visit while attending IWF. Read more about Atlanta .


Getting Around in Atlanta

IWF will be located at the Georgia World Congress Center and getting to and from the convention is easy. Atlanta's public transportation provider, MARTA offers several options that are ideal for getting around the city. MARTA is also available directly from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and provides a Tourist Loop and the Peach Bus that connect visitors to Atlanta's most popular attractions.


Finding Out About Atlanta

In Atlanta, every day is an opening day and there's always something new to do. The city features several sport facilities, exciting attractions, historical sites and beautiful performing arts venues. Atlanta recently added three major attractions; the Georgia Aquarium the expanded High Museum of Art and a new shopping and retail district, Atlantic Station to its already exciting line up. Click here for ideas and fun Atlanta visitor tips.


Popular Atlanta Attractions

The Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta History Center
High Museum of Art (Midtown) and High Museum of Folk Art and Photography Galleries (Downtown).
Margaret Mitchell House & Museum
Georgia Aquarium
Inside CNN Atlanta Studio Tour
The New World of Coca Cola
Atlantic Station


More About Atlanta
  • Atlanta began taking substantive shape in 1837 when the Western & Atlantic Railroad selected the site as the southern end of its tracks.
  • By the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Atlanta was a major railroad hub, manufacturing center and supply depot.
  • In the late 1920s, a downtown business sector, ringed by residential districts, had taken shape giving Atlanta much of the distinct pattern it maintains today.
  • Atlanta has been called the 'sports capital of the world,' a fitting term for a city with successful professional sports teams, state-of-the-are sports facilities and host of some of the world's most prestigious sporting events including Super Bowl XXVIII and XXXIV, the World Series and the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.
  • Atlanta is home to four professional sports teams: the National League East Champion Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Thrashers.
  • Fans cheer on their favorite sports team in state-of-the-art facilities such as Turner Field, the Georgia Dome, Atlanta Motor Speedway and the downtown sports arena, Philips Arena, home to the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Thrashers.
Culture, Restaurants and Shopping
  • World-class restaurants, festive nightlife and an abundance of cultural attractions and events help make Atlanta the entertainment center of the South.
  • Atlanta features an wide assortment of restaurants and offers a variety of cuisines including African, Asian, Cajun, Caribbean, European and Middle Eastern.
  • There are more than 20 enclosed malls and hundreds of shopping centers in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Many of Atlanta's malls are located on the MARTA rail and bus line.
  • Atlanta has five outlet centers within a one-hour drive of the city.
  • Midtown and Virginia-Highlands are among the most popular neighborhoods for Atlanta nightlife. Dance clubs, sports bars and late night coffee shops offer nightlong entertainment.
  • Buckhead, the Beverly Hills of the South, features luxiurious homes, upscale shopping at Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square Mall and the finest in dining and entertainment.
  • Virginia-Highlands, a young professional's hot spot is a quaint neighborhood of renovated 60-80 year-old homes, unique shops, art galleries and restaurants.
  • Other neighborhoods noted for eclectic shops and vintage boutiques, original dining and beautiful homes include Little Five Points, East Atlanta, and the Castleberry Hill Art District.
  • Atlanta's rapid rail system, MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority), has 36 stations covering the metropolitan area at a cost of $1.75 per ride.
  • The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has added a full-service spa, beauty salon and two new restaurants to its mix of more than 200 businesses.

    (text compliments of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau)


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