If you’ve been to Atlanta, Georgia and had a bad time, please don’t tell me – I won’t believe you anyway. Atlanta, or “Hotlanta” or ATL or what-have-you, is a great hub of culture and commerce (the airport is beastly, but is the biggest – in terms of flight and passenger volume – in the US). While Atlanta is definitely a southern city, as its wealth of Civil War (check out Decatur Square and Cabbagetown) museums and civil rights-era hotspots attest; die-hards of bygone Dixie can satiate their Gone With the Wind lust with a visit to Margaret Mitchell’s house. But there’s much more to ATL than history – there’s tons of parks and places to chill out, like Piedmont Park or the West End, and there’s tons of places to party, like Little Five Points (lots of great shops and music) and the Underground. There are several great art galleries and swanky shops in Buckhead, and you can always tour the Coca-Cola Museum and sample variations of the soda giant’s wares from around the world, which is a treat for all ages. Midtown offers a range of activities and sights, like the Atlanta Brewing company, some phenomenal bowling, and theaters; Atlanta is a prime spot for music of all kinds, so check before you go and you could catch some world-class acts. Of course Atlanta has some big sports names, like the Braves (MLB) and the Falcons (NFL), as well as Centennial Olympic Park, which highlights the innovations the city made for the 1996 Olympics. Finally, the Georgia Aquarium is one of the largest in the world and has some fantastic interactive exhibits. Driving in Atlanta can be nightmarish, so plan ahead and consider taking the MARTA, or just hang on and enjoy the ride.
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