Atlanta is the premier city of the American south. At one time, the Georgia capital city was labeled as the “New York City of the south”; however, locals despised that comparison. Atlanta may be a large city, but it has little in common with the Big Apple. It is a city that has grown incredibly in the last century. Between 1920 and 1960, Atlanta’s population more than doubled making it one of the marquee destinations for families to move or vacation in the southeast.
The jewel of the south welcomes around 50 million tourists per year. Thanks to Atlanta’s wealth of museums, galleries, and professional sports teams, visitors descend on the capital to explore its rich history and culture. Atlanta has many attractions within the city limits, which make it one of the must-see cities in the United States.
Local Favorite: Peach CobblerGeorgia is known as the peach state, and there is no food item more associated with it than peach cobbler. Cobblers were made by American settlers who "cobbled together" ingredients from items they had available such as preserved, canned, or dried fruit, and biscuit dough. They would combine the ingredients and cook them over a fire. Cobbler was a variety of pie that was easy to make for Americans moving south or west. Peach cobbler can be found at restaurants, cafes, and coffee houses around Atlanta. Be sure you eat cobbler made from 100% Georgia peaches for a true taste of the city.
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Atlanta Botanical Garden
Centennial Olympic Park
World of Coca-Cola
Margaret Mitchell House
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Top Tourist Attractions
World of Coca-Cola
A trip to Atlanta wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the World of Coca-Cola. The world’s most famous drink was founded in Atlanta in 1892, and it is synonymous with it. The museum is interactive, and visitors can explore the history of the fizzy drink through an assortment of cool exhibits.
The exhibits get updated or changed on occasions, so each visit offers a chance to see something new or unique. Visitors can learn about the history of Coca-Cola from the invention of the drink to marketing campaigns. One thing you won’t learn, however, is the recipe.
The Georgia Aquarium is home to more than 100,000 animals from hundreds of species represented in what they say is more than 10 million gallons of water in the various enclosures. From shark tanks to different exotic sea creatures in indoor and outdoor exhibits, this downtown Atlanta attraction is bound to excite visitors of all ages.
Aside from the fascinating collection of sea creatures at the facility, it’s conveniently located at the city center which makes it easy to walk to other attractions in the city.
Porsche Experience Center
Most petrolheads wouldn't expect Atlanta and Porsche to be mentioned in the same sentence. Yet, Atlanta is home to the Porsche Experience Center, and car enthusiasts can get behind the wheel of a 911 and speed around a purpose-built 1.6-mile circuit.
The driving center circuit has different specialized sections including a kink plate, a low-friction circle, an off-road circuit, and a one-mile handling course designed to be similar to a country road. Drivers can also take a 911 out on a dynamic handling area to try out some unique maneuvers.
Whether you want to get behind the wheel or ride shotgun, it is an exhilarating driving experience one won’t soon forget.