Atlanta, Georgia is a popular destination for business travelers and tourists alike. eMedEvents, the world’s largest online database for medical conferences, has 125 upcoming medical events currently listed on the site for 2018-2019. If you plan to earn your next CME/CE credits in this hip, urban, and historic city, we have a few tips to help you to make the most of your trip.
The best time to visit Atlanta is in the spring, from March to May. The weather is pleasant, with average highs in the 60s and 70s, and there are lots of popular festivals and events scheduled. Summers in “Hotlanta” are notoriously hot and humid with average high temperatures in the upper 80s. Winters see average highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s but can include ice storms which will severely impact travel.
Atlanta is a home to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, an international hub and one of the busiest airports in the world. Once you arrive here, there are multiple options to get you to your conference. Atlanta’s public transportation system, and the best way to get around is MARTA. MARTA offers rail and bus service from the airport and around town. Fares for each have a flat rate of $2.50 for a one-way trip. Another option to reach popular sights downtown is the Atlanta Streetcar. You can pay $1 for a one-way ride or just $3 for a one-day pass. Rental cars are also available at the airport, but traffic is hectic and the city can be difficult to navigate. Taxis are plentiful at the airport, and Atlanta also has the ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft.
Where to Eat
Atlanta is a city in the south, so be sure to try some local southern fare while you are in town. We have a few other recommendations to try when you take a break from the medical conference. Enjoy!
Local Cuisine- Buttermilk Kitchen, South City Kitchen Midtown, Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Fox Bros. BBQ
Fine Dining- Bone’s Restaurant, Canoe, Nikolai’s Roof, The Capital Grille, Babette’s Cafe
Cheap Eats- The Varsity, Aviva by Kameel, Atlanta Breakfast Club, Home Grown, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Thumbs Up Diner
Atlanta Magic Theater
Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium
Red Phone Booth
Hoping to do some shopping on your time away from the medical conference? Atlanta has some great options depending on your mood. Atlantic Station is a large outdoor mall with shopping, dining, and a movie theater. If your tastes are more upscale try The Shops at Buckhead Atlanta or Lenox Square. If you are looking for an eclectic mix, try Krog Street Market or Ponce City Market.
Must See in Atlanta
Georgia Aquarium- a magical aquarium featuring 70 different habitats where you can even swim with whale sharks and manta rays
World of Coca-Cola- celebrate the world’s most popular beverage brand with tastings, shopping, and the secret recipe vault
Center for Civil and Human Rights- explore The American Civil Rights Movement and today’s Global Human Rights Movements
Atlanta Botanical Garden- an oasis with a rare collection of orchids
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site- connect with MLK history where he was born, preached, and is buried
Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
College Football Hall of Fame
Atlanta History Center- learn about Atlanta’s rich history
High Museum of Art
Centennial Olympic Park- built for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta
Center for Puppetry Arts- celebrate Jim Henson and all things puppet at this unique gem
eMedEvents is the largest online database for CME events and medical conferences in the world. Here you can browse through thousands of conferences in 147 countries. Search by speaker, specialty, and location to find your next conference. Want to manage your CME on the go? Try the eMedEvents mobile app. Find your next great medical conference in Atlanta or in one of more than 3500 other great cities around the world.