The birthplace of the civil rights movement and the hometown of Coca Cola, Atlanta also serves up fine Southern cuisine and a sizzling music scene. Shop Buckhead boutiques or tour the CNN studios. Soak up sun while watching baseball's Atlanta Braves or cheer on football's Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.
The heart of Atlanta's urban core and the home of many of the region's largest corporations, Downtown Atlanta brims with history and attractions. Go behind the scenes at the CNN Studio Tour, stroll the paths and plazas of Centennial Park or visit the World of Coca-Cola. For a taste of American history, walk to the Jimmy Carter Library and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Social Change.
Known as the Beverly Hills of the South, upscale Buckhead is a hip neighborhood filled with boutiques, mansions and sizzling nightlife. Shop for antiques and cutting-edge clothes by day; bar-hop at the area's plentiful hotspots after dark. Buckhead is also home to the Atlanta History Center, surrounded by more than 32 acres of gardens. MARTA light-rail offers easy access to and from Downtown Atlanta.
You'll find two icons of Southern food right here in Midtown Atlanta. Founded in 1928, the legendary Varsity Restaurant and Drive-in sits across the street from Georgia Tech. Nearby, the Krispy Kreme factory store cranks out hot doughnuts on an amazing conveyor belt. Need to burn off some calories? Stroll Piedmont Park's botanical gardens or browse the shops along lively Crescent Street.
A mix of malls and office buildings nestle along the Interstate 285 highway loop surrounding the city of Atlanta. You'll find a wide variety of hotel choices here, from value-conscious accommodations to more luxurious hotel brands. With easy access to the I-285 Loop, you're just minutes from Downtown Atlanta and its plentiful sights. Or, head to nearby Buckhead for trendy shopping and nightlife.
There's an Atlanta festival to suit most every interest. King Week commemorates the civil rights leader's life and work in mid-January. At the end of March, the Antebellum Jubilee fondly recalls Atlanta's Dixie heritage. Mid-September welcomes Stone Mountain's renowned Yellow Daisy Festival of arts and crafts, and the holiday season wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Festival of Trees.
Go behind the scenes of the station that brings news to more than one billion people on the CNN Studio Tour. You can even make a video of yourself broadcasting the day's news and get an up-close look at the networks state-of-the-art facilities.
Walk down the top-selling soda's memory lane at The World of Coca-Cola. You'll see vintage soda fountains and decades worth of TV advertisements. You can also take a sip of more than 20 exotic Coke products that aren't available in the United States.
Often called the Southern Mount Rushmore, Stone Mountain features a memorial carving of Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson etched into a mountainside. The park also features train rides and riverboat cruises.
Since making its debut during the 1966 Olympic Games, 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park continues to host special events and the 'Wednesday Wind Down' concert series. Don't miss the interactive Fountain of Rings, or the park's five quilt plazas.