Did you know that Atlanta has been the transportation hub of the Southeast for almost 200 years? While you’re here for your event, take time to explore some of our area’s rail and aviation icons! All aboard and buckle up for this quick tour of the District’s transportation treasures.
The ATL SkyTrain is the MVP when it comes making the Georgia International Convention Center the most accessible meeting venue in the city. The ATL SkyTrain began operating in 2009 and instantly put the GICC within 2 minutes of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s baggage claim. How is this possible? The ATL SkyTrain is a fully automated people mover operating on a raised light rail and 1 out of only 4 Mitsubishi Crystal Mover vehicles in the U.S.!
Delta Flight Museum
The Delta Flight Museum is a shrine to all things Delta Airlines. Here, you can find some of Delta’s most iconic passenger airliners, historic vehicles, and even a flight simulator. A special treat at the Delta Flight Museum is the presence of the famous Delta Ship 41, the company’s very first passenger plane and the only remaining Delta Douglas DC-3 in existence!
Hapeville Train Depot
The Hapeville Train Depot Museum was once a bustling train hub. You could make the case that it was to the ATL District in the early 20th century what Hartsfield-Jackson is today. You can see various exhibitions of rail history highlighting the depot and Hapeville’s contribution to the U.S. rail system. The ticket booth and rail control switches are even still intact inside the depot.
Bonus: This year, the Hapeville Train Depot will also be the home to Hapeville’s Visitor Center! Pop in to learn about this city’s transportation history and plan the rest of your exploration.
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