A view of the city's skyline from Piedmont Park
World of Coca-Cola museum, a downtown destination
Observe, or even dive with, whale sharks at Georgia Aquarium
Bronze dinosaurs greet visitors at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Splashing in the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park
Stone Mountain Park, a must-see for fans of the outdoors
Views of downtown and cherry blossoms at Piedmont Park
Elaborate and peaceful gardens sprinkled throughout the city
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History and culture inspire vibrant atmosphere
Atlanta is a city of charming neighborhoods, and you’ll quickly discover they are easily walkable. Start at Centennial Olympic Park, the expansive downtown refuge built for the 1996 Summer Olympics. You can stroll to such attractions as the World of Coca-Cola, the Inside CNN Studio Tour and the Georgia Aquarium.
If you’re looking for an enjoyable day trip, just outside of Atlanta is Stone Mountain Park, a wonder of nature. Tthe mountain rises 251 meters above the surrounding area, and into it is carved a U.S Civil War bas-relief, the world’s largest. It’s also home to a theme park.
Atlanta’s culinary scene celebrates down-home Southern cooking while also being the center of New South Cuisine, featuring fresh-from-the-farm produce and meats prepared by inspired chefs.
International fare is never far away. On Buford Highway, you’ll find authentic ethnic restaurants, including Chinese, Cuban, Filipino, Indian, Ethiopian, Korean, Mexican and Vietnamese.
Don’t miss The Varsity, the world's largest drive-in restaurant, which has been serving hamburgers, hot dogs and delicious fried okra for 83 years.
Pop Culture Sightseeing
From classics to modern favorites, the film and television industry has found a second home in Atlanta. Visit the locations where TV’s “Vampire Diaries” was taped, then take a guided tour around the city to see places Margaret Mitchell wrote about in “Gone with the Wind.” The Margaret Mitchell House and Museum plus the Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro, Georgia, are included.
A variety of other tours are available, including sets of the “The Walking Dead” and “The Hunger Games.”
Vibrant Art and Nobel Legacy
From notable museums like the High Museum of Art to street art as seen in the Beltline and Krog Street Tunnel, Atlanta showcases an elevated collection of classic and contemporary imagery and history.
At Fernbank Museum, you can come face-to-face with dinosaurs, while the NatureQuest exhibit features interactive encounters and live animals.
At the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, tour the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s home, Ebenezer Baptist Church and Sweet Auburn neighborhood. Remember former President Jimmy Carter, another Nobel Prize winner, at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum/Carter Center.
Nightlife and Neighborhoods
When it’s time to relax, locals flock to the clubs and nightspots in Midtown – Peachtree Street’s “Midtown Mile” – and Atlanta’s Eastside.
In recent years, the latter neighborhood has become home to a young and vibrant population drawn to the hot spots in Little Five Points. Fun and funky, the Eastside also is attractive to those interested in Atlanta’s role in the U.S. civil rights movement.
The Buckhead neighborhood, less than 10 kilometers from downtown, features designer fashions at large malls, intimate boutiques and galleries, and trendy dining establishments.
Ever-expanding and always reinventing itself, Atlanta is among the most influential and most welcoming cities in the southeastern USA.