It All Starts Here
Whether you can spend one, two or three days visiting, there is an experience waiting for you that is entirely unique to Atlanta. Your journey will begin in the heart of the convention and entertainment district downtown. Mix and match or enjoy as they are.
Head to the Georgia Aquarium, where you can see more than 120,000 animals of 500 different species in more than 8 million gallons of marine and fresh water. The world's largest aquarium also houses the world's largest fish: whale sharks and much more.
Head to the World of Coca-Cola, where the famous soft drink's story is told through fascinating exhibits, classic ads and an imaginative replica of the bottling process.
Visit Centennial Olympic Park, the world's gathering place during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The park features the popular Fountain of Rings and many outdoor events during the summer months.
Insider's Tip: Wednesday WindDown is a free concert series every Wednesday from 5:30-8 p.m. at Centennial Park during the summer months.
The SunDial Restaurant Bar & View (atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza, the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere) offers breathtaking views of downtown Atlanta.
At the Inside CNN Atlanta Tour, watch behind-the-scenes action of the newsroom, see what it takes to put a news broadcast together and even learn how the weather map works. Insider's Tip: Make reservations in advance.
Atlanta really was built on top of Underground Atlanta. Today this urban marketplace boasts shops and restaurants as well as a rejuvenated night life scene. Visitors also can take several different walking history tours, and purchase half-price tickets to concerts, plays and attractions at AtlanTIX!, in the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau Underground Atlanta Visitors Center.
Underground hosts annual events such as the New Year's Eve Peach Drop, and the Heritage Arts Festival, the official vendors market of the National Black Arts Festival (July).
Did you know Atlanta boasts two Nobel Peace Prize and Medal of Freedom winners? Today, it is the only city in the nation where you an see two Nobel Prizes, found in the newly revitalized Carter Center as well as the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.
The Sweet Auburn district is the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site includes a visitors' center depicting the story of Dr. King and the civil rights movement; the restored King birth home; Ebenezer Baptist Church, where three generations of the King family preached; and Dr. King's burial site.
Currently on exhibit at the MLK National Historic Site: The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. Stand in the footprints and see the shoes of 17 civil rights leaders displayed as a tribute to the warriors of justice.
Or visit the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, next to The Carter Center. The library includes a replica of the Oval Office and Jimmy Carter's Nobel Peace Prize, as well as traveling exhibits.
Insider's Tip: Transportation to the MLK National Historic Site or Jimmy Carter Library/Carter Center would be best by car (both locations have free parking) or MARTA bus. You also can enjoy the Carter-King Peace Trail pedestrian and bike path between the two attractions. Commemorative plaques can be found along the 1.5-mile walk.
Evening option No. 1: Between April and October, catch an Atlanta Braves baseball game, including pre-game pep rallies and testing your hitting or throwing skills at Scout's Alley.
Insider's Tip: Visitors are allowed to bring food into the ballpark, so grab dinner at The Varsity, an Atlanta landmark on North Avenue, serving chili dogs, hamburgers and the signature Frosted Orange.
Picnic tables are right inside the ballpark's entrance.
Evening option No. 2: Want a little bit of nightlife or some great dining options? Walk around the Luckie Marietta District and you are sure to find everything you need. If you want to enjoy sports in Atlanta, you can attend an Atlanta Hawks basketball game at Philips Arena or Atlanta Falcons football game at the Georgia Dome. It's up to you!
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