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Atlanta, Georgia, is a city mixed with culture and industry. This rising U.S. super-city serves as a major transportation and business hub, while presenting a growing arts and cultural community. “The City in a Forest,” Atlanta’s abundant trees and natural streetscapes complement its progressive and modern architecture and offerings. During your Atlanta vacation, explore the High Museum of Art and the city’s other major artistic institutions, check out bohemian shops, sample diverse dining, or pay homage at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. Atlanta’s sophisticated music and arts scene blends nicely with laid-back Southern hospitality and specialties.
Discover What Makes Atlanta Unique with these Places to Visit that are Only in Atlanta:
Restaurants, nightclubs and bars – all the major cities have them. Come to Atlanta, however, and you can discover what makes this Southern city truly unique. Think you know everything about the ATL? Think again as you explore these places to visit that are found "only in Atlanta."
The Georgia Aquarium is home to more than 100,000 animals of varying species. From the whale sharks to seahorses, visitors stand in awe of the marine life behind the huge picture window. Fun fact: Georgia Aquarium has more than 10 million gallons of water pumping through its exhibits.
Center for Puppetry Arts
North America’s largest museum dedicated to the art of puppetry calls Atlanta home. The Center for Puppetry Arts puts on shows for kids and adults, inspiring visitors to look at even classic childhood favorites a bit differently.
Atlanta History Center
One of the nation’s largest collections of Civil War memorabilia can be found at the Atlanta History Center. Also at the Atlanta History Center is the Swan House, which was showcased in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” as President Snow’s mansion. You can take a tour and even sit behind his desk.
Peachtree Road Race
The largest 10K road race in the country takes place every Fourth of July in Atlanta. Join in as more than 60,000 participants run the streets of Atlanta.
Atlanta is home to the oldest continually operating ballet company in the nation. Leaping, dipping and plié-ing since 1929, the Atlanta Ballet performs at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and stages its iconic ‘Nutcracker’ at the fabulous Fox Theatre each holiday season.
Inside CNN Studio Tour
In addition to a tour of CNN’s Atlanta headquarters, guests are treated to a ride on the world’s tallest free-standing escalator. Step on and get carried up, up and away eight stories to begin your CNN tour.
Zoo Atlanta is one of only four zoos in the United States with Giant Pandas. And – wait for it – we have Giant Panda twin cubs. Twice the fun in Atlanta!
Atlanta University Center
Is higher learning a priority? Atlanta is home to the largest concentration of historically black colleges and universities.
Don’t be scared! “The Dump” in Atlanta is actually where Margaret Mitchell penned her epic novel “Gone With the Wind.” Located right on Peachtree Street, you can tour the furnished apartment and get even more info from very knowledgeable tour guides.
This global branded started where? You guessed it, Atlanta. Born and raised in Atlanta, Coca-Cola is synonymous with our city. Visit the World of Coca-Cola to learn the story of the famous soft drink, which dates back more than 125 years.
Nobel Peace Prize… times two
Atlanta is one of only two cities in the world to lay claim to two Nobel Peace Prize winners – Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Jimmy Carter. See the medals on display and learn about their legacies at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.
Not often does a city claim a fast-food restaurant as being a can’t-miss destination, but in Atlanta we do. When you visit this Southern city, you have to check out the world’s largest drive-in restaurant, The Varsity. President Obama did. He ordered five chili dogs, four hot dogs and a hamburger. What’ll ya have?
Stone Mountain Park
Get active during your Atlanta visit with a trip to Stone Mountain Park where you can see, and walk across, the world’s largest exposed mass of granite. Take a 1.3-mile hike to the top of the mountain for breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline.