Your Guide to Atlanta for the 2022 Clean Show (Part 1)

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CHICAGO — After being delayed a year due to the pandemic, Clean Show 2022 will take place July 30-August 2 in downtown Atlanta.

While dry cleaners, suppliers, manufacturers and other industry professionals are here to see the latest technology, learn from each other and – finally – catch up with their peers, it would be a shame to visit Atlanta and not not discover what the city has to offer.

To help you find your way around what’s been called the “Imperial City of the South”, we’ve compiled a list of some of the attractions, restaurants, clubs, museums and other stops you won’t want to miss, along with tips for getting around The Big Peach and some local recommendations.

Getting to – and getting around – Atlanta

The Clean Show will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), located downtown. This puts the event close to several hotels, as well as many of Atlanta’s tourist destinations, making it a great place to embark on sightseeing adventures after the Clean Show day is over.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is one of the largest and busiest airports in the country. So it shouldn’t be difficult to find flights to and from the city. Delta Air Lines is headquartered in Atlanta and is one of the company’s hubs. Other airlines serving Atlanta are Southwest, Frontier, Spirit, American, United, JetBlue, Virgin Atlantic and Air Canada.

For those wishing to rent a car once they arrive, there are still plenty of options. Car rental companies in ATL include ACE Rent a Car, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless, Sixt Rent a Car and Thrifty. There are also off-airport options in the city center.

If you’d rather leave the driving to others, Atlanta offers plenty of choices.

(For reference, the airport is approximately 14 miles from the GWCC and the many hotels around it in the city center.)

Atlanta has more than 1,500 taxis available to passengers and offers pre-set fares for rides to and from the airport. To travel downtown by taxi, the flat rate is $30, with an additional charge of $2 for each additional person.

Atlanta’s public transit system – the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) – is another option. The system is made up of a network of buses and trains that criss-crosses Atlanta. A single fare of $2.50 covers one-way bus or train travel, including transfers. At ATL, MARTA has a train station located at the northern end of the airport, near the baggage claim area.

Carpooling options are also available for visitors. Uber and Lyft are available for airport pickup – you can expect fares between $60 and $80. Once in Atlanta, there are other options for those who want additional luxury, Blacklane offers services for one to five passengers per vehicle, and Limos.com offers booking options for 1 to 50 passengers. Lyft Lux, Lyft Lux Black, and Uber Black also cater to riders who want a more extravagant experience.

Once you’ve settled in and want to see some of the downtown sights, the Atlanta Trolley offers trolley service, with 12 stops along its route. Vending machines at stops allow passengers to purchase rechargeable travel cards for the tram system.

The Clean Show has arranged free shuttles for attendees to various downtown hotels both to and from the show. Morning shuttles will depart every 15-20 minutes, starting at 7 a.m. on Saturdays and 7:30 a.m. on the remaining show days, ending at 11 a.m. each day. Shuttles will depart from the GWCC to return to hotels every 20-30 minutes from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Saturday-Monday and 1:30-4:00 p.m. Tuesday. Pickup locations and the most up-to-date schedule can be found in the “Planning and Preparation” section of The Clean Show website.

Also, a word of weather warning: when visiting Atlanta in late July and early August, expect it to be hot – and hotter. According to AccuWeather.com, high temperatures are expected to be in the low 90s for all four days of the Clean Show, dropping to 70 degrees at night. Dress accordingly for travel away from the air-conditioned GWCC.

Check back Thursday for Part 2 of this series, where we’ll explore ways to get around Atlanta, as well as some of the neighborhoods that give the city its unique flair.

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