Atlanta, Georgia. Known to outsiders, but never residents, as Hot ’Lanta. The start of Sherman’s March to the Sea during the ‘late unpleasantness.’ Home to the Falcons and Braves and one of the most dynamic cities in the Deep South. Atlanta is all that and more.
Whether you are making Atlanta your destination or just part of your trip to somewhere else, passing through Atlanta without seeing a few of the many attractions in this the beautiful city would be a darn shame. Whether you have an afternoon or a few days, cram these events into your schedule. You will be glad you did.
The best place to start your visit to the city is downtown. Atlanta’s downtown areas have more history in them than most cities. Thoroughly modern, the city has not forgotten its industrial roots. Many of the areas, such as Atlantic Station, take their names from industries that existed there prior to the modern era.
No matter how long you have, you should fit as many of these five experiences in as you possibly can:
- Take a Southern Food Tou Southern food is an experience and, especially for you Northerners, taking a food tasting tour of downtown Atlanta is a great way to combine great vittles and a personal history lesson of A-Town.
- Tour the World of Coca-Cola. When it comes to pop culture, you can’t get much more relevant than Coca-Cola. Atlanta is the headquarters for the Coke empire and the World of Coca-Cola is their homage to this bubbly creation. The highlight of your visit will be sampling over 100 assorted flavors that Coca-Cola bottles all over the world.
- Visit the Georgia Aquarium. The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere and hosts thousands of animals. The aquariums hold over 10 million gallons of fresh and saltwater and includes dolphins, rays and smaller species of whales.
- Visit the childhood home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King’s home is now a National Historic Site and one of Atlanta’s most visited historic sites. Revisit the history of this transformational leader and see where he grew up, listen to his words in the church where he first spoke them.
- See Bodies: The Exhibition Atlanta. Although it looks macabre, Bodies: The Exhibition is an incredibly in-depth look into what makes up the human body. With over 200 actual human bodies – preserved in polymer – the exhibit is a unique experience that is both informative and different.
These sites are within just a few blocks of downtown Atlanta. You could easily spend days exploring them but they are all worth the time to realize the diverse and important parts of what made Atlanta the city it has become.
According to the management of The Atlantic residential skyscraper in downtown Atlanta, “Downtown Atlanta is a true gem. There are so many things to see and do here. And, of course, there is the food.” The Atlantic is the cornerstone of the Atlantic Station which used to be the site of the Atlantic Steel Company. A neighborhood built out of Atlanta’s industrial past. Visiting Atlanta doesn’t do it justice and if you’re looking for a luxury condo for sale in Atlantic Station, The Atlantic would be happy to see you move there permanently.
It’s easy to fall in love with Atlanta. From its importance in the antebellum United States as a rail hub to its modern reincarnation as a technological mecca. Atlanta is and will always be the heart of America’s Deep South.
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