|Atlanta is a popular destination for business, exhibition and conference travellers as it has a great many conference venues, though when not attending there are still many attractions within the city to enjoy.
Atlanta was the location of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, and although the Games were not very successful, there are now a good number of sporting and leisure facilities around the city because of this legacy. The Centennial Olympic Park has actually become the centre of much of the city’s tourism. During the winter this area houses a large ice skating rink whilst in the summer there are many free concerts here. Many of the city’s main attractions are within walking distance.
Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world and features over 100,000 different species of aquatic life in a number of different areas, including Cold Water Quest, Georgia Explorer, Ocean Voyager, River Scout and Tropical Diver which has the beautiful Coral Kingdom.
Next to the aquarium is World of Coca-Cola, which is an interesting look at the advertising history of the company, whilst the CNN Center is the world HQ of CNN. Here you can tour the studios or walk around the shopping mall and food court in the same building.
Atlanta was the birth place of Martin Luther King Jr. and the National Historical Site preserves the neighbourhood and home in which he was born. Tours are available here on a first come first served basis.
North of the Atlanta Downtown area is Midtown. There are several other attractions here worth visiting too, including Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the historical Fox Theatre and Atlanta’s largest park, Piedmont Park.
Elsewhere, Zoo Atlanta specializes in African animals and primates, though also has Giant Pandas and a special children’s zoo.
Atlanta is a good place for shopping and has several large shopping malls, which vary in their price ranges according to the stores they hold. At the top end of the market, Phipps Plaza Mall has stores like Tiffany’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, plus Versace and Armani amongst others.
At the lower end of the price-scale, the Underground Mall which is by the World of Coca-Cola and Atlanta Aquarium has everyday priced stores such as Foot Locker and is popular with the tourists!
In between these two are high and mid-price ranged malls – Lenox Square Mall features stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s plus many other popular chain-stores like Gap, Polo, Burberry and Hermes. Whilst Atlantic Station is an open-air shopping district which too has many chain-stores as well as a large Ikea.