If you’re an Atlanta native, you know that the traffic can be quite horrendous. With so many people traveling to and from the city your average route could be an hour long drive. It's best to use alternate routes and back roads as much as possible depending on the location you are coming from. For those of you that are traveling to A3C from another state, the city can be intimidating to navigate. Luckily we have a quick guide for you to get to all the A3C festivities with little hassle. Here are a few alternate routes to keep in mind during your A3C stay.
Traveling from the Northside
The traffic coming from Marietta and Chamblee-Dunwoody area is always hectic during rush hour. These routes to the city are a little more challenging because cutting through the Buckhead area can lead to major traffic as well. You could take either GA 400 all the way through or merge from GA 400 to I-85 S. If you’re in the Chamblee area you can take back roads through Druid Hills and reach the city as well.
Traveling from Eastside
It is relatively easy to avoid in coming rush hour traffic if you’re coming from the Stone Mountain and Decatur area. You can either take your chances on the highway and travel down I-285 to I-20 until reaching the city or you can just go straight down Memorial Dr. and enter all of the festival areas.
Traveling from Westside
For those lucky few coming from the AUC or West end area, it is a pretty short commute to the city. Depending on the time of day the highway should be clear to get to any festival area, if not you can take Northside Dr. to W Marietta St and continue to your destination.
Traveling from Southside
If you’re coming from the Clayton or Henry County area, it is best to take I-675 to Moreland Ave and continue until reaching the East Atlanta Village area. You can then head down I-20 to the city to arrive at the Conference Center off Courtland or get off on Atlanta Zoo exit to reach the festival grounds on Edgewood Ave.
If anybody wishes to avoid these traffic problems altogether, it is advised to travel to your nearest MARTA station and take the train to the city. You can either walk, call an Uber, or transfer on to the Atlanta Street Car to get to your exact location.