A young city by American standards, Georgia’s capital was built around the meeting of railways in the early 19th century (Atlanta was once named “Terminus”), famously burned during the Civil War, and rebuilt from its ashes. The birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. And a staging ground for the civil rights movement, Atlanta is a vibrant, multicultural metropolis with more than 5 million residents, the busiest airport in the world - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, featuring a new international terminal - and many of the state’s leading cultural and arts institutions. Despite its modern façade, Atlanta is rooted in the past. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, a living memorial to Dr. King and his legacy, provides a journey through the progression of his passions and causes with photographs, digital archives and other mementoes from his life. The Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, where Atlanta’s most well-known author penned her famed novel, Gone With The Wind, is a must-see for literature buffs. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum houses a wealth of documents, photographs and paraphernalia related to the presidency of Georgia’s native son. The Atlanta History Centre includes one of the largest history museums in the south-eastern U.S., as well as two historic houses, the Swan House and the Smith Family Farm. The Atlanta Botanical Garden, one of the city’s most beautiful attractions, offers more than 30 acres of gardens, as well as the 40-foot-high treetop suspension bridge known as the Canopy Walk and the 10,000-square-foot Fuqua Orchid Centre. Considered to be the “capital of the New South”, Atlanta also offers world-class arts venues. The High Museum of Art is home to permanent collections including European, American, African, folk, modern and contemporary art, as well as a wide range of rotating blockbuster exhibitions. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet present outstanding performances, and a number of Atlanta venues, including the historic Fox Theatre, welcome international artists and host shows from Broadway and local theatrical companies. The Alliance Theatre, one of the largest regional theatres in the nation, has produced more than 50 world premieres, bringing the globe’s best talents to Atlanta. The largest non-profit in North America dedicated to the art of puppetry, the Centre for Puppetry Arts features the nation’s premiere puppet museum, and stages Broadway-style performances throughout the year. Commercial and economic success defines Atlanta’s spirit. Coca-Cola was invented and the company has its headquarters here, and The World of Coca-Cola serves up an interactive experience focusing on the past, present and future of the iconic beverage. CNN, the world’s most well-known cable news outlet, also calls Atlanta home, and a tour of CNN Centre offers a behind-the-scenes look at the network. Professional sports fans can take in an MLB Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field, an NFL Atlanta Falcons game at The Georgia Dome or an NBA Atlanta Hawks game at Philips Arena. The city is also the site of the Georgia Aquarium - the world’s largest - which boasts more than 60 exhibits, 10 million gallons of water and more animals than any other aquarium in the world. Zoo Atlanta, in historic Grant Park, is home to more than 200 species of animal from the African plains and Asian forests, including the nation’s largest collection of gorillas and four giant pandas. Fernbank Natural History Centre brings the world’s largest dinosaurs to life and explores global cultures in hands-on exhibits. Experience five of Atlanta’s must-see attractions at 45 per cent off the combined admission price by purchasing an Atlanta CityPASS. Included in the price of the booklet is admission to the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, Inside CNN Studio Tour, the High Museum of Art or the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and Zoo Atlanta or the Atlanta History Centre. The scenic city of East Point, just minutes from downtown Atlanta and Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is a great place to unwind after visiting Atlanta’s many sites and attractions. Located on the MARTA line, this walkable community offers an array of restaurants, art galleries and charming boutiques. There are several parks, including the East Point Commons, which hosts annual festivals, as well as weekly farmers markets. Other Atlanta neighbours worth a visit include the historic cities of Marietta and Roswell and the charmingly quirky city of Decatur. For more information on Atlanta, Atlanta CityPASS and the city of East Point, visit atlanta.net.
Published by EMMIS Communications. View All Articles.
This page can be found at http://trendmag2.trendoffset.com/article/Atlanta/1341193/150186/article.html.