Atlanta is a sprawling city but a beautiful one, with so many trees that its nickname is “the city in a forest”. It’s Martin Luther King’s birthplace, and you can visit the home where the legendary civil rights activist was born and raised. The capital of Georgia
, Atlanta has a number of cool attractions, including one of the world’s biggest aquariums, a museum dedicated to Coca-Cola and a Far East-inspired theatre. Wot do you say? Book your Atlanta hotel with us to give this Southern gem a go.
Atlanta was founded in 1837 as the final destination on the Midwestern railroad. Today it remains a transport hub, with one of the nation’s biggest international airports. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta in 1929. He led the U.S Civil Rights movement from the mid-1950s right up until his assassination in 1968, and is famous for his “I have a dream” speech.
Things to do
At the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, visit the house that Dr. King called home until he was 12. Check out the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King preached his sermons of non-violence, and the “I Have a Dream” World Peace Rose Garden.
You might leave with a sugar high when you spend time at the World of Coca-Cola, a museum dedicated to the famous fizzy drink. Taste unique soft drinks from around the world and many Coca-Cola varieties, check out exhibits of Coke’s milestones and see the vault where the secret formula is secured.
Georgia Aquarium has 10 million gallons of water and hundreds of thousands of animals from over 500 species. You can help train a dolphin, catch a 3D show of the ocean from an animal’s point of view, and check out beluga whales, penguins and sea otters.
For a night out in Georgia, catch a concert or a musical at the Fox Theatre. Its 4,678-seat auditorium is decorated in the style of an Arabian courtyard, complete with ceiling coloured deep blue and dotted with crystal stars.
Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown Atlanta is a 21-acre public park where you can check out an outdoor concert or wander among the “Fountain of Rings”.
Shopping and dining
Atlanta offers malls, boutiques and outlet shopping centres. When it comes time to eat, Atlanta is home to the Varsity, the world’s largest drive-in restaurant, as well as a stack of waffle houses, Southern food, American-style restaurants and delicious foreign meals.
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with us. Don’t want to hire a car? Despite being a spread-out city, Atlanta’s inner-city neighbourhoods are easy to walk around. You can get around by bus, rail or taxi too. Get the best of both the city AND the forest with our Atlanta accommodation.