Atlanta is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia .Atlanta is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, which is home to 5,268,860 people and is the ninth largest in the U.S.It is a major business city and the primary transportation hub of the Southeastern United States. Atlanta's economy ranks 15th among World cities and sixth in the nation. The city is a center for services, finance, information technology, government, and higher education. Metro Atlanta contains the country's third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies.
Atlanta is the seventh most visited city in the United States, with over 35 million visitors per year.Atlanta's museums, the High in particular are a great draw, as are the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the Georgia Aquarium (the world's largest indoor aquarium), and the World Of Coca-Cola.Outdoor events and attractions are plentiful. Yearly traditions include the Southeastern Flower Show, and at Christmastime the Macy's Great Tree and "Pink Pig" ride at Macy's Lenox Square.The city is home to a mix of high-end chef-driven restaurants receiving praise at the national level, an ethnic restaurant scene along Buford Highway, and traditional Southern eateries.
The arts and entertainment are well represented in Atlanta, and the city is an important base for hip hop, gospel, and neo soul music; in addition, it has become a major center of film and TV production.In music, Atlanta has been called the "center of gravity" for hip hop, including Southern hip hop, and is also an important center for R&B and of neo soul.The Fox Theatre is a historic landmark and is among the highest grossing theatres in of its size. The city also has a large collection of highly successful music venues of various sizes that host top and emerging touring acts including the Tabernacle, the Variety Playhouse and The Masquerade.