Many people knock MARTA for being useless, slow and inefficient. While there are occasions where hopping on the train or a bus isn't the most appropriate option, MARTA can be a great alternative to get to certain destinations without dealing with traffic or parking.
9. Buckhead Hotels
If you are visiting Atlanta, the Buckhead MARTA station is surrounded by at least 10 hotels and in walking distance to Lenox Mall. There are plenty of restaurants as well, and bus 110 can take you along Peachtree Street to additional bars, shops and the Buckhead Theatre.
8. Georgia State University/Georgia Capitol
The Georgia State stop is aptly named. From the Piedmont Avenue exit out of the station, turn right and walk five minutes to reach the fitness facilities, sports arena, law school and student center on the Georgia State University campus. Turn left on Piedmont and you'll reach the gold dome at the Capitol.
7. Fox Theatre
About two blocks from the Fox Theatre is the North Avenue Station -- a great way to save on expensive area parking. For the easiest walk, follow the signs pointing to the Fox Theatre after exiting the train (station exit opposite North Avenue/West Peachtree Street). This path will take you through an indoor mall. Walk straight ahead to a street exit on 3rd Street. Turn right, then right again at the first intersection on Peachtree Street.
6. Underground Atlanta
The Five Points Station has direct access into Underground Atlanta where there are touristy shops, food, bars and access to the Braves Shuttle. Head to street level and follow the signs to the Peachtree Street exit. After going through the fare gate, head to the right for a tunnel to Underground Atlanta.
5. Peachtree Center
Home to one of the world's longest escalators, once you make it to the top you are right in the middle of convention center galore and the downtown hotels and business district. Don't miss Dragon*Con Labor Day weekend.
4. Downtown Decatur
The Decatur Station sits right under the Decatur Square - can't get much closer than that. You'll find unique shops and nearly 50 restaurants and bars in walking distance. Popular spots include Brickstore, Leon's, Iberian Pig and Mac McGee's. The square is also home to a beer festival, wine festival, literary festival and Fourth of July fireworks and parade.
3. Philips Arena/Georgia Dome
Exit at the Dome/Philips Arena station on the blue/green rail line for direct access to the Georgia Dome and a MARTA entrance to Philips Arena at street level. Sure beats sitting in downtown traffic or the labyrinth parking garages.
2. Woodruff Arts Center
Less than a two minute walk out of the Arts Center Station is the High Museum of Art, Symphony Hall and the Alliance Theater. The buildings are literally next to the MARTA station. Follow signs to Arts Center Way, which is two levels up from the train platform.
Getting to and from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is a no-brainer for MARTA. The airport stop is even at the end of the line and the station has Delta check-in available.
For more info: See the Top 5 Most Walkable MARTA stations