If you consider yourself a master of multitasking, you and Atlanta have a lot in common. This Georgia city juggles a little bit of everything, and it does it with a style and flair all its own. You’ll want to see and do it all when you’re in town, so take your pick of Atlanta rental cars and get to know every edge of the city.
Whether you book last minute or plan in advance, your Atlanta itinerary is sure to fill up fast. Map out what you want to see—from the world’s largest indoor aquarium north of downtown to a Porsche racing track on the southside—and prepare yourself for fun, Atlanta-style.
Eat-lanta: Eat your fill of Southern favorites, but don’t ignore the many facets of the Atlanta food scene. Mind your Bs an Qs at Daddy D’z Bar-B-Que Joynt for hickory- and oak-infused magic, play it fast and loose at Krystal, a Southern fast food staple, or grease your wheels over some fried chicken at Mary Mac’s. Cool down at Popbar with handmade gelato on a stick, steep in the delicious offerings at Just Add Honey Tea Shop, and stay sweet at Sublime Doughnuts. Join the finer things club at establishments like Spring, Staplehouse, and Sushi Hayakawa or go farm fresh and fancy free at Bacchanalia, an early Atlanta trend-setter.
Art-lanta: Atlanta kills it in the arts. It has a professional company for every type of top performing arts, is a major player in the American music scene, and is a leader in TV and movie production. There is also art everywhere you look—in galleries like MINT and ZuCot, tattoo shops like the famous City of Ink or Tri-Cities Tattoo, coffeehouses like Hodgepodge, and in various arts and culture centers all around the city. Cruise the city streets in your Atlanta car rental in search of some of the 1,000-plus murals for street art that’s as dynamic as the city that features it.
Alt-lanta: Get a little alternative in ALT and see the city’s stranger side. Go on a self-guided tiny doors tour to find the whimsical miniature entryways scattered around area buildings. Discover dark secrets at Atlanta Prison Farm or Doll’s Head Trail, but if you’re thirsty for something sunny, take a detour for the tropics at Trader Vic’s, one of the original tiki bars. Try to crack the combination on the Coca-Cola Secret Formula Vault or solve the mystery of the 54 Columns if you can. (Is it art? Is it finished or unfinished? What does it mean?)
ATL-O-V-E: There is a fierce pride that runs through the city, and with good reason. Atlanta locals are adamant about the distinctions between Inside the Perimeter (ITP) and Outside the Perimeter (OTP), but guests don’t have to choose—so hop right over that border with abandon. With rental cars, Atlanta is yours for the taking, on any side of I-285. The city’s full of boast-worthy spots to swoon over, so get down with ITP and OTP. Most of the main sights, like the Atlanta Botanic Garden are found ITP, but to understand the whole place you gotta mix it up. You’ll find charming Americana towns OTP, like Marietta, where you can stroll its historic square and enjoy its small-town vibe. Put your Atlanta car rental to good use and take a day trip beyond even OTP boundaries to Lake Lanier or Providence Canyon State Park.
After you’ve combed through cheap car rentals, Atlanta hotels are your next order of business. You don’t need weeks of planning to score a great place to stay, either. So don’t be afraid to book when the mood strikes. Last-minute Atlanta hotels are yours for the taking on Hotwire. And with Hotwire Hot Rates the deals get sweeter. The unlisted hotel deals help you save so you can spend more on treating yourself when you get there, and booking last minute saves an average of 60% on your stay. You don’t have to worry about finding last-minute hotels in Atlanta. Just leave it up to us.
When you arrive in the city, you can find a great selection of Atlanta rental cars before you leave the airport. Do you need a rental car in Atlanta? Not necessarily, but it will be a huge help if you want to see much of the city (and trust us, you do). Luckily, there are options for car rentals at Atlanta airport. Choose an Enterprise car rental, Hertz car rental, or Budget rental cars, among others.
If your first question is, “how do I get to rental cars at Atlanta airport,” the answer is simple. You can find Atlanta airport rental cars at the Rental Car Center, which you can access on the SkyTrain from any terminal. The center is just a few minutes away on the train and has 13 car rental brands to choose from. It’s always smart to book ahead and simply pick up when you arrive. If your main concern is how much does it cost to rent a car in Atlanta, you can find yourself in a beautiful car for less when you book a Hotwire Hot Rate. Choose from compact cars to standard SUVs and see the savings roll in.
With recent COVID-19 closures and reopenings, you may be wondering is it safe to travel to Atlanta right now. When you’re ready to book a last-minute trip to Atlanta, check the most up-to-date information on safety measures, closures, and guidance on traveling during Coronavirus.
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