Back in 1836, the Georgia General Assembly put the first milepost of the Western and Atlantic Railroad into the ground. The area soon turned into a settlement with no less than 30 residents and in a little more than 10 years the town was named Atlanta. In a way, the city was destined to become full of comings and goings, home to the world’s busiest international airport and a slew of headquarters of so many corporations. The so-called Capital of the South is full of superlative restaurants, top-notch shopping experiences, and unforgettable attractions, all immersed in a palpable Hollywood-like atmosphere. The city has played a crucial role in many recent-history events and it’s no wonder that it houses many world-class museums. Everyday Atlanta becomes more and more one of the top cities to visit in the United States. So, don’t hesitate, book a trip in advance to save some money and go enjoy one of the go-to places of the hour with some holiday travel tips.
So, if you happen to be in Atlanta on a business trip, here you can find five tips to make the most of this amazing city.
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
First off, it’s important to say that African American history had some of its key events unfolding in Atlanta. Any intellectual, political, and artistic movement which had a strong relevance in recent history, was born in the city. It’s no surprise that Atlanta paid homage to the hometown hero, Martin Luther King, Jr.: no Atlantan ever gained as much recognition as him. After growing up in a time of ruthless and shameless segregation, Martin Luther King, Jr. managed to become the leader of the modern civil rights movement. He used a message of nonviolence, slowly steering hearts and minds, and that earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change dwells on a National Historic Site: you can retrace his footsteps, relive his incredible story, visit his birthplace, discover his works of art, photographs, and exhibitions. It’s absolutely a place you don’t want to miss.
The World of Coca Cola
Located just a few blocks away from the place where John Pemberton originally conjured the secret formula of the most famous soft drink in the world, lies the World of Coca-Cola: a fun museum conceived to go deep into all the elements which make up one of America’s oldest and most popular drink. If you take a tour of the museum, you can pretty much learn everything you need to know: you can see more than 1000 never-before-displayed artifacts presented in chronological order, walk by the vault where the 125-year-old top-secret recipe is hidden, find interactive exhibitions, video presentations of Coca-Cola advertising and get a behind-the-scenes look at the process which brings Coca-Cola to life. It goes without saying that you can also sample several Coke products. What are you waiting for?
The Georgia Aquarium
If you’ve just toured the World of Coca-Cola, you’re standing right next to Atlanta’s most visited indoor attraction: the Georgia Aquarium. This living museum is a state-of-the-art facility, the biggest indoor aquarium in the Western Hemisphere: 10 million gallons of water, more than 100 habitats housing 120,000 marine animals from all the world’s continents including Californian sea lions, whale sharks, bottlenose dolphins, manta rays and penguins. An incredible variety, isn’t it? Well, that’s due to the fact that Bernie Marcus, one of the founders, and his wife went on a journey around the world to study how other cities did aquariums. In case you’re on a schedule and you happen to have a limited time, just hit the main highlight and head straight to the Ocean Voyager gallery, the biggest tank of the aquarium: there, armed with a little patience, you may spot one of the four whale sharks, the world’s largest fish.
So, if you’re wondering why you always read the Georgia Aquarium at the top of any Atlanta bucket list, don’t wait any longer, buy yourself a ticket and go. Just remember to wear comfy shoes: the place is big.
High Museum of Art
If you’re an art lover and you’re also interested in architecture, Atlanta’s modern High Museum is definitely one of your go-to destinations. The whitewashed building is unusual and outstanding at the same time with a strange mix of shapes and layers. It houses an assortment of striking late 19th-century furniture, modern canvases by George Morris, Albert Gallatin along with post-war works by Mark Rothko. Located on Peachtree Street in Midtown, the city’s arts district, The High regularly features temporary exhibits that sit right at the top of the art scene together with unforgettable permanent galleries. The museum shop is quite impressive itself with art-centric gifts and souvenirs, and handmade art by local artists.
With over 200 acres of green space, Piedmont Park is your ideal destination to just chill and relax or to keep you busy and take your mind off the emails you’ll have to send tomorrow. It may take you some time to learn how to expertly navigate Piedmont Park, so a sightseeing tour is probably what you might need if you’re visiting the park for the first time. At Piedmont Park, there’s always something going on: from cultural and music festivals to children learning everything about food and plants. It’s the perfect place for achieving your fitness goals: 200 acres and uncountable miles of walking paths are quite enough to keep you on the move and after all, a strong in the park on your own or with a friend is always a great idea. On Saturday mornings, don’t forget to go to the Green Market, where you can find fresh produce and local food while listening to buskers or experiencing other activities. And last but not least: it might not be a good idea, but if you have taken your faithful dog with you on your business trip, you should know that Piedmont Park Dog Parks are one of the few places in Atlanta where dogs are allowed to jump around unleashed.
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