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Travel to Atlanta, USA

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Visiting Atlanta is like visiting an oversized small town; glittering skyscrapers, super highways and sprawling suburbs belie a magnetic Southern charm that’s hard to resist.

Atlanta, capital of the state of Georgia, is in almost all respects the principal centre of the American South. It lies in the foreland of the southern foothills of the Piedmont Plateau, on the watershed between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. The city was originally planned as a railway junction, and rapidly developed into an important commercial town. In recent years it has become a major economic and cultural centre in the American southeast and an important hub of air traffic. Internationally famed businesses, including Coca-Cola and CNN, have their headquarters here. Those visiting Atlanta should not expect to find a romantic southern city, but rather a large and vibrant American city with southern charm.

It’s home to world-class attractions, booming businesses, leading sports teams, a pair of cute pandas and herds of zombies (on screen at least). Atlanta was also pivotal to America’s modern history and gave birth to the Civil Rights Movement.

The climate in Atlanta is humid subtropical with hot, humid summers and mild winters. The city receives abundant rainfall which is common in the southeastern states. There are lots of things to see and do in Atlanta, from the arts to sports, history, and other entertainment. Highlights are the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, and numerous museums.

Tourist Attractions in Atlanta

Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

wo blocks on Auburn Avenue are now protected as a National Historic Site. They include the birthplace of the civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King Jr at 501 Auburn Avenue, which dates from 1895, and the Ebenezer Baptist Church at 407-413 Auburn Avenue, in which he and his father were ministers. Immediately adjoining, in the Freedom Hall Complex, is his grave. The Martin Luther King Jr Center for Nonviolent Social Change is also in this area.

Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center is a large complex that comprises the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Smith Family Farm, and the Kenan Research Center, along with a number of historic gardens. The History Museum features changing exhibitions and a permanent collection with topics such as the American Civil War, Folk Art of the South, and various other exhibits related to the history of Atlanta.

The Fox Theatre

The Fox Theatre was built in the 1920s as the Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque, with an extremely posh Arabian-themed design. It has had a varied history, with problems during the Great Depression, but has always been a much loved landmark building since its construction. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior of the theatre has seen considerable restoration work over the years in an attempt to maintain its original elegance, including the repair and restoration of the furniture collection to preserve its 1929 appearance.

Piedmont Park

Located just a short distance northeast of downtown Atlanta, Piedmont Park is the oldest and largest park in the Atlanta metro region. The grounds were originally part of the Battle at Peachtree Creek during the Civil War.

In 2006 plans were drawn up to update and revitalize the park, a plan which resulted in a lovely new look. The former bathhouse, which served as a locker room, was transformed into the Greystone, a lovely lakefront venue which can now be used for weddings, receptions, and other events. The overhaul of the pool area, which is now the Piedmont Park Aquatic Center, led to the expansion of Piedmont Park. Other additions include the Legacy Fountain, the Magnolia Greenway, new bridges, fishing piers, and restored natural areas with trails and walkways.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden offers a lovely space with a variety of well laid out gardens. The idea for the garden was presented in the early 1970s and by the early 1980s the garden saw its first visitors. Over the decades since it opened the complex has gradually expanded with new gardens, new features, and new programs.

The Botanical Garden is a great place year round, with something always in bloom. Spring is, of course, an amazing time with a riot of colors.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Opened in 1992, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History portrays the natural history of Georgia as well as technical and scientific phenomena with the aid of modern techniques. Some of the most eye catching exhibits at the museum are the huge dinosaur statues at the entrance and the dinosaur skeletons in the Great Hall. Perhaps more entertaining are the interactive displays of the "Sensing Nature". There are many other interesting exhibits on the natural history of the local landscape and cultures from other parts of the world. Note that the floors are made of limestone tiles with embedded fossils.

 

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