In the nearly two decades since it hosted the Olympic games, Atlanta has become a world-class destination for business and tourism alike. While most would associate the city’s history with the American Civil War, Atlanta has plenty to offer travelers seeking to experience more than the movie Gone with the Wind. Here are 5 must see attractions when visiting “Hotlanta.”
The Georgia Aquarium
Atlanta is home to the world’s largest aquarium, and perhaps the most impressive display of sea life outside of the Great Barrier Reef. One of the highlights of the Georgia Aquarium is the fantastic dolphin viewing window. The theatrical performance exemplifies the emotional ties that are shared between dolphins and humans. Be sure to visit the giant viewing theater for a close up view of majestic whale sharks and beluga whales.
Stone Mountain Park offers plenty for those that enjoy the great outdoors. Take the cable car or hike your way 1700 feet up for an amazing view of Atlanta and the surrounding area. In addition, the Stone Mountain Laser Spectacular is a popular attraction on warm summer nights. Stone Mountain Park is the perfect destination for a family outing and what better way to experience the outdoors than a family camping trip. With over 400 camp sites that can house everything from full-size RV’s to tents, you can be sure to enjoy a special outdoor adventure in Atlanta.
Dubbed “The World’s Largest Drive-In,” The Varsity is a mainstay of downtown Atlanta. This iconic restaurant prides itself on serving delicious, quality fast food in a fun environment. Only the freshest ingredients are used at the varsity and 3-6 deliveries per day are habitual. It’s here that over two miles of hot dogs, 300 gallons of chili, and more Coca Cola than any single outlet in the world are served fresh daily. “What’ll ya have?”
Step inside the world headquarters of the first 24-hour cable news channel. Here you can take a behind-the-scenes peek at CNN’s global news operation, by touring their impressive studio. You may even get a chance to meet some of the network stars during the studio tour. The CNN center also is also home to many restaurants and retail stores for you to keep yourself busy throughout the day.
The World of Coca-Cola
Atlanta is home to Coca-Cola and this attraction in downtown showcases the company’s history, and even features a short theatre experience. At the Vault of the Secret Formula you can discover the intrigue behind Coca-Cola’s most closely guarded trade secret. Bottle Works provides you with a unique perspective on the bottling process as you witness Coca-Cola being bottled before your eyes. There are over 100 different Coca-Cola beverages from all over the world served here, allowing everyone to enjoy their own favorite.
From Whale Sharks to Coca-Cola, and everywhere in between, Atlanta is home to many great attractions that are sure to please visitors of all ages. If you are planning a trip to this gem of the American south, no itinerary would be complete without a visit to at least some of these amazing sites.
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