Atlantans who plan to drive to their holiday destination will have lots of company on the road. According to Google, the best time to leave the city is 3 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. The worst time, its research shows, is 3 p.m. the day before. The best time to drive home is 3 a.m. Friday, with the worst time being 3 p.m. Sunday.
According to data compiled by AAA and INRIX, Atlantans can expect their Wednesday afternoon travels to take 3.5 times longer than usual.
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Not everyone will be traveling, but nearly everyone will be making a Thanksgiving meal or entertaining guests. You’ll need to go shopping for supplies to make that happen.
According to Google, the worst time to go to the bakery is around noon the day before Thanksgiving, when crowds will be the largest. A few hours later, those shoppers will hit the grocery or liquor stores, so avoid those places between 5 and 6 p.m. The best times to buy your food appear to be early morning and at closing time.
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For those who want only to relax and maybe catch a movie, the best time to do that is Thanksgiving Day, with the biggest crowds hitting the theaters around 6 p.m. Friday, presumably when they finish their Black Friday shopping.
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According to Google that shopping might start very early, but it peaks midday, between noon and 1 p.m. And although most will hit the big box stores for Black Friday deals, Google states the top three searches for shopping in Atlanta are GameStop, Barnes & Noble, and Sam Ash Music Stores.
Google's mapping-Thanksgiving page can be customized, so you can check trends for the city you'll be visiting, too.
If you're staying in Atlanta, you can find all kinds of holiday happenings in our 2019 Winter Guide.