From a virtually uninhabited railroad terminus in 1837 to a sprawling metropolis of over four million people today, metro Atlanta has the vibrancy of the world's great urban centers combined with the Southern charm of small towns such as Roswell and Decatur. Here you'll find historic sites from the Civil War through the Civil Rights era, as well as world-class shopping, entertainment, and nightlife.
The Atlanta Metro region stretches from the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains to the beginning of the old Cotton Belt. Unique in its lack of major river systems, the region contains numerous towns and communities with their own identities.
This region is a political capital, a major tourist destination, and home to such economic powerhouses as Home Depot, Coke, Delta Airlines, UPS, and CNN. Though a bustling city, the region's outlying towns, and hospitable attistude, give it the feel of a quaint southern town.