TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION

 

The AACL Conference 2018 will be held at the GSU Student Center, 55 Gilmer St., SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Directions to the venue (Student Center East)

Recommended Nearby Hotels

Ellis Hotel
176 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
+1 (678) 651-2767
Walking distance from GSU Student Center: 0.5 miles, 11 min.
Walking distance to MARTA Peachtree Center Station: 1 min.

The Westin Peachtree Plaza
210 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
+1 (404) 659-1400
Walking distance from GSU Student Center: 0.5 miles, 12 min.
Walking distance to MARTA Peachtree Center Station: 1 min.

Residence Inn – Downtown Atlanta
134 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
+1 (404) 522-0950
Walking distance from GSU Student Center: 0.4 miles, 9 mins.
Walking distance to MARTA Peachtree Center Station: 3 min.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta Downtown
111 Cone St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
+1 (404) 524-7000
Walking distance from GSU Student Center: 0.5 miles, 11 min.
Walking distance to MARTA Peachtree Center Station: 4 min.

Motel 6 Atlanta Downtown
311 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
1-800-466-8356
Walking distance from GSU Student Center: 0.6 miles, 12 min.
Walking distance to MARTA Peachtree Center Station: 0.4 miles, 8 min.

Hilton Atlanta
255 Courtland Street Northeast
+1 (404) 659-2000
Walking distance from GSU Student Center: 0.5 miles, 10 min.
Walking distance to MARTA Peachtree Center Station: 0.3 miles, 9 min.

Marriott Courtyard Atlanta Downtown
+1 (404) 222-2416
133 Carnegie Way, Atlanta, GA 30303
Walking distance from GSU Student Center: 0.5 miles, 9 min.
Walking distance to MARTA Peachtree Center Station: 0.2 miles, 4 min.

Hampton Inn & Suites, Atlanta Downtown
161 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA, 30303
+1 (404) 589-1111
Walking distance from GSU Student Center: 0.6 miles, 11 min.
Walking distance to MARTA Peachtree Center Station: 0.2 miles, 4 min.

 

Other useful resources:

 MARTA guide to hotels near train stations: http://martaguide.com/hotels/
Atlanta Air BnB: https://www.airbnb.com/s/Atlanta–GA
Guide to Uber Atlanta: https://www.uber.com/cities/atlanta
The Atlanta Streetcar: http://streetcar.atlantaga.gov/
ATL Cruzers: http://www.atlcruzers.com/

 

Parking

 If you plan on using a car to get to the venue, there are several parking lots the north and east sides of the GSU Student Center that offer all-day rates ranging from $5-7. These lots are located at the intersection of John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE and Courtland St. NE. You can see a map of the area here: https://goo.gl/TI2aBC.

Keep in mind there are options for public transportation downtown as well, including MARTA (http://www.itsmarta.com/) and the Atlanta Streetcar (http://streetcar.atlantaga.gov/). The nearest MARTA stop to the GSU Student Center is Peachtree Center (on the North-South line), and the Atlanta Streetcar stops right outside the Loudermilk Center at Hurt Park.

 

Airport Travel

If you are flying in, it is very easy to take the MARTA train from the airport into downtown Atlanta. The cost of one trip is $2.50 (plus $1 to purchase a reloadable Breeze card). You can take either the Gold or Red Line train north, and get off at either the Five Points Transfer Station or the Peachtree Center Station. Both stations will deliver you directly into downtown Atlanta. Google Maps has the MARTA train stations marked, so you can determine which one is closest to your hotel.

 

TO DO IN ATLANTA

Getting Around

Georgia State University and the GSU Student Center are both located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, which boasts a variety of cultural and historical sites, as well as a robust transit system (MARTA) that runs directly from the airport to the downtown area and beyond (www.itsmarta.com).

The Atlanta Streetcar (http://streetcar.atlantaga.gov/) runs every 10-15 minutes through downtown Atlanta. The Streetcar’s 12-stop loop offers conference
attendees an easy way to visit attractions such as the CNN headquarters, the World of Coca Cola, Atlanta’s world-class Georgia Aquarium, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site, and more. Visit http://streetcar.atlantaga.gov/where-will-the-streetcar-go/ for an interactive map of the Streetcar loop and nearby attractions.

Local Attractions

Centennial Olympic Park (http://www.centennialpark.com/): commemorates Atlanta’s hosting of the 1996 Olympic games and serves today as a downtown park; adjacent to 20-story high SkyView Ferris wheel (http://www.skyviewatlanta.com/)

Inside CNN Tour (http://www.cnn.com/tour/): take a 50-minute walking tour through CNN’s Atlanta broadcasting studio

World of Coca Cola (https://www.worldofcoca-cola.com/): take a tour and learn the history behind this famous beverage, see Coca Cola merchandise from around the world, taste Coca Cola products sold worldwide, and receive your own collectible Coke bottle at the end

Georgia Aquarium (http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/): directly across from
World of Coca Cola, the world’s largest indoor aquarium is home to many different aquatic creatures, including beluga whales, whale sharks, and manta rays; also offers a live dolphin show and swim/dive tours

Sun Dial (http://www.sundialrestaurant.com/): revolving bar atop the Westin Hotel with views of downtown Atlanta

Fox Theater (http://foxtheatre.org/): due to its original provenance as a Shriner’s temple, the Fox Theater’s Moorish-Egyptian façade is hard to miss; Atlanta’s historic Fox theater still hosts live Broadway shows, headliners, dance companies, and comedy stars; tours available as well

High Museum of Art (https://www.high.org/): home to a permanent and rotating collection of classic and contemporary art

Piedmont Park (http://www.piedmontpark.org/): arguably Atlanta’s most popular in-town park, Piedmont Park is a the place to jog, picnic, or people watch

Atlanta Botanical Garden (http://atlantabg.org/): this 30 acre botanical garden features outdoor and indoor collections, as well as the 25,000-square-foot Fuqua Orchid Center and a 600-foot Canopy Walk with views of the city’s last remaining urban forests

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site (http://www.nps.gov/malu/index.htm): tour the house where King was born, see his life retraced at the Visitors’ Center; also open to viewing is the Old Ebenezer Baptist Church where King, his father, and his grandfather preached

Zoo Atlanta (http://www.zooatlanta.org/): next to Cyclorama in Grant Park, the Atlanta Zoo is particularly proud of its panda exhibit and success in breeding pandas while in captivity

Fernbank Museum of Natural History (http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/): boasts a number of permanent and rotating exhibits, as well as a mounted skeleton of the largest dinosaur ever found, the Argentinosaurus

Main square of downtown Decatur (http://www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com/), accessible by MARTA (Blue line, East toward Indian Creek): contains a large amount of restaurants and shops all centered around a charming old courthouse square

Your Dekalb Farmers’ Market (http://www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com/): this 140,000 square-foot-array of international food must be seen to be believed; of interest to SLA-researchers are the many language spoken by Dekalb Farmers’ Market employees, each of whom wears a name tag listing the language(s) s/he speaks

Stone Mountain: the city of Stone Mountain is east of Atlanta and home to Stone Mountain Park (http://www.stonemountainpark.com/), where visitors can walk up the giant eponymous boulder (the world’s largest granite outcropping) and view the world’s largest bas-relief sculpture

CityPASS: for those with enough time and interest, Atlanta offers CityPASS, an affordable way to visit up to 5 major attractions, see http://www.citypass.com/atlanta

The following website is also a useful resource: http://www.atlantadowntown.com/

 

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