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Have a Taste of Southern Hospitality in Atlanta

Visit the vibrant capital of the south that is Atlanta, GA.

Atlanta has been called the capital of the South and with good reason. As one of its most populous cities, it offers a great deal of diversity in when it comes to its attractions, residents and atmosphere.

1. World of Coca-Cola

Everyone has a story or a memory behind this famous brand, and now you can visit for a factory tour, a 4-D theater experience and a sampling, where you’ll taste how Coke’s recipe is tweaked to appeal to those in different countries. It's located across from the Georgia Aquarium for added convenience if visiting both.

2. Centennial Olympic Park

This attraction is quite literally – a walk in the park. Built for the 1996 Summer Olympics, the park by itself is a great escape to nature in the middle of a bustling city with its water fountains and places to sit and enjoy the weather. On occasion, there are free outdoor concerts, farmers markets and other events to enhance your visit.

3. CNN Center

If you’re a news junkie or simply want to see the inner workings of a large news corporation, step into the CNN Center. Here, you’ll enjoy an hour-long guided walking tour where news shows are in the making. For an extra experience, check out the CNN VIP Tour for expanded access or go behind the scenes of a morning show during the Morning Express with Robin Meade Tour.

4. Georgia Aquarium

Right across from World of Coca-Cola, this is an easy addition to your Atlanta itinerary. From penguins to dolphins to Nemo lookalikes, this aquarium offers an up-close look at all of your favorite underwater creatures. Perfect for adults and kids, the Georgia Aquarium puts on a variety of animal-focused programs and encounters.

5. Fox Theatre

Whether you go for a tour or for a scheduled show, you’ll get to see just how spectacular this theatre really is. Built in 1929, the building still retains much of its original Islamic and Egyptian architecture. Book tickets in advance to see popular music performances and traveling Broadway shows.

6. Atlanta Botanical Garden

There’s always something to see at the Atlanta Botanical Garden no matter what time of year you go. Along with a variety of gorgeous flowers and plants, you’ll see art, ponds and more. Right in the heart of downtown, this makes for an excellent break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

7. MLK Jr. National Historic Site

Really a multi-part adventure, visiting the home of Martin Luther King, Jr. is a moving and educational experience. Visit the home where he was born, the church where he was baptized and ordained a minister and finish at his final resting place at The King Center.

8. Turner Field

Home to the Atlanta Braves, Turner Field or “TED,” is a must for baseball fans. Since this Major League ballpark was recently built in 1997, it offers a lot of nice amenities to those taking in a game that other ballparks do not. Make sure you check out their schedule and ticket availability before you go.

9. Phipps Plaza

A trip to Atlanta wouldn’t be complete without some sort of shopping outing. This upscale indoor shopping mall is a shopper’s delight with a good mix of upscale stores, a movie theater and restaurants.

10. Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Visitors can explore everything from world cultures to live animals at the Fernbank Museum. With so many exhibits, an IMAX® and plenty of programs, this makes for an engaging and educational experience. Check out their schedule for open exhibits and special programs. Bonus points to them for making Friday nights dedicated to “Martinis & IMAX®.” There’s music, a full bar and snacks, and a movie at the end of the night.

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