Atlanta was largely razed to the ground in the Civil War so not much remains pre 1864. So Atlanta is really a story of regeneration: from total destruction to modern success perhaps culminating in the Olympic Games of 1996, her hospitality to film makers and big names such as Coca Cola. Atlanta today is a vibrant city divided into many neighbourhoods. As a visitor, one is likely to see downtown which is where much of the business is carried out, mid town which is mainly residential but home to some of the more charming hotels and restaurants and Buckhead Village which houses the most upmarket hotels and shopping malls including the extensive Lenox Mall. Frontier America suggests you stay in Midtown and use the MARTA (the excellent rapid transit system) to get around.
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Why should I visit Atlanta?
Tour the World of Coca Cola, (unsurprisingly you cannot buy Pepsi Cola in Atlanta), the Centennial Olympic Park, home of the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, take in a show at the 1920’s former movie palace the Fox Theatre, Martin Luther King Jr’s birthplace and the Center for Human and Civil Rights. Join the Inside CNN Studio Tour and visit the Georgia Aquarium or get involved in the Civil War at the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum.
Atlanta has a thriving film industry with such popular shows as the Walking Dead and the Hunger Games using Atlanta’s sky line as a backdrop. Old favourites include Gone with the Wind; Margaret Mitchell fans can take the excellent Margaret Mitchell tour which leads you through her life, her house and her final resting place plus the Road to Tara Museum in nearby Jonesboro. The Mystic Grill often featured in “The Vampire Diaries” is a real restaurant in Covington where Lockwood Mansion and the town square were also featured. Like Covington, Senoia is less than an hour from Atlanta and here you can retrace the zombies’ footsteps with a walk down Main Street stopping for a coffee in The Walking Dead Café.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is beautiful and frequently has an interesting special exhibition and some permanent Chihuly installations.
Stone Mountain, just outside Atlanta, is a huge monolith with a vast carving on its face depicting three famous figures of the Confederacy: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E Lee and Jefferson Davis. Take the cable car or hike up through the woodland for splendid views not only of the carvings but Atlanta’s sky line.
Atlanta‘s “Beltline”. Walk or cycle the circumference of the city stopping and points of interest or one of the many bars and restaurants to refuel.
TIP - Pick up your rental car in downtown Atlanta rather than the airport
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