Atlanta's Top Five Must-Sees: tips from a local guide

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Ever been to the sunny, booming "Capital of the South"? That would be Atlanta, Georgia. This city of five million draws many visitors each year with its charming streets, riveting civil war history and family-friendly attractions. Our local guide, Martina is here today to tell you the Top Five “Must-Sees” she recommends to visitors to Atlanta.

1. Piedmont Park

This park is in the middle of Atlanta and offers garden paths, vistas and sweeping lawns. Clara Meer invites you to pause to feed the fish and take in the park from a different angle. While walking in Piedmont Park, have your camera ready because you will find many photo opportunities with the city as a backdrop. After your park visit, try one of the many restaurants that line the park’s perimeter!

2. Georgia Aquarium/World of Coca-Cola

Depending on your interest, you can visit the Georgia Aquarium or the World of Coca Cola, both are on the north end of Centennial Park. The Aquarium offers many different exhibits and the tunnel is a must see with huge fish swimming over your head or in front of you behind a giant acrylic wall. Plan your visit and get tickets online to make sure you avoid a long wait outside (remember: it's hot in Georgia). The World of Coca Cola is a family friendly affair where you can find out about the beginnings of this company and test drink 60 different beverages. Bring some time, there is lots to see in both places!

3. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

A tour of Dr. King’s boyhood home is available; the site itself is self-guided and you can visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church, The King Center and the Peace Plaza. The Sweet Auburn neighborhood where the historic site is located was a thriving African-American center of commerce and culture at the turn of the 20th century.

4. Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain is a geological feast- there are several large granite mounds in the Metro Atlanta area but Stone Mountain is the most spectacular. Once you take the cable car to the top you will be rewarded with a splendid view over the countryside and the city of Atlanta. The park surrounding Stone Mountain is very family friendly.

5. Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge

If you have time for a day trip out of the city, head to Amicalola in the North Georgia mountains. You will find a splendid waterfall and hiking trails, a lodge and a visitor center. After your visit, head to Dahlonega with its gold rush past and small shops and restaurants along a square that invites you to enjoy a leisurely stroll.

Thanks for the great suggestions, Martina. If any travelers are headed to Atlanta anytime soon, consider getting in touch with Martina to help you make the most of your time there.
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