Atlanta’s History is Peachy Keen
With the city’s rich history, nationally acclaimed attractions, and thriving entertainment scene, Atlanta is a city you’re sure to be peachy keen on.
The World of Coca-Cola is a constant travel destination for those visiting Atlanta, as the popular beverage originated here in 1886. Inside, guests will find fun exhibits on the history of Coke, a 4-D movie presentation, and a giant Coca-Cola tasting center which offers over 64 different Coca-Cola products from around the world.
Take an exciting tour inside the headquarters of the globally recognized news network, CNN. Founded in Atlanta in 1980, CNN now broadcasts to over 200 countries worldwide. Guests can tour this major-media enterprise while learning how broadcasts are produced and taking advantage of noteworthy photo ops.
If you’re looking for a great historic site, go to The King Center. The King Center serves in honoring, celebrating, and furthering the teachings of the revolutionary, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born and raised in Atlanta. Regarded as one of the greatest orators of the modern era, visitors to the King Center are able to experience the passion that changed a nation through Dr. King’s inspirational words and ever viable philosophies.
Conveniently located in downtown Atlanta across from CNN, the Centennial Olympic Park was constructed to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Throughout the park, guests will find multiple sculptures and displays honoring the Olympic Games as well as the ever popular Fountain of Rings – a computer controlled water fountain in the shape of the Olympic rings.
Swim with the big fish at the record breaking, Georgia Aquarium. The Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium and the only institution outside of Asia to house whale sharks, the largest known shark species in the world. With roughly 120,000 animals inhabiting the aquarium’s 8.5 million gallons of marine and fresh water, visitors can spend countless hours admiring rare sea creatures and capturing once-in-a-lifetime memories.
If you’re looking to experience some of Atlanta’s best entertainment while learning about some of its history, visit the Fox Theatre. The Fox Theatre is a dazzling establishment dating back to the 1920s. Originally designed to be a grand, mosque-like temple, the Fox Theatre now delights guests with its diverse entertainment showcases and historic appeal. http://www.travelthruhistory.tv/staying-encore-fabulous-fox/
The High Museum of Art maintains an impressive collection composed of various artistic genres. Visitors can enjoy rare European works, such as those of Monet and Bellini, as well as visually stunning modern and contemporary artworks. The museum also features unique artistic departments such as folk art and decorative arts and design, which displays American décor styles from the 1640s to the present day. In addition to the museum’s permanent collection, the High Museum of Art continually showcases special exhibits to keep even the locals coming back for more.
Open year-round, the Turner Field and the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame are sure to please any baseball fan. The baseball field lets fans get up close to the Braves’ stomping ground, while the museum offers fans the chance to view rare artifacts and photos dating from the team’s conception in 1871.
Live Like an Atlantan
Looking for a fun, quirky place to spend the day? Look no further than Little 5 Points.
Little 5 Points is one of Atlanta’s oldest commercial districts and lies just north of where Atlanta’s first streetcar was constructed in the 1890s. Now, brimming with funky artistic flair, this neighborhood is frequented by visitors and locals alike who come to enjoy the unique vintage shops, laid-back restaurants, and edgy music scene of this all-things-alternative local.
If you’re looking to enjoy the more uptown lifestyle of Atlanta, head to Buckhead.
From its purchase in 1836, Buckhead has been a place of indulgence. Even throughout the Great Depression, this area of Atlanta saw mansions going up opposed to buildings shutting down.
With the areas cultured performing arts, luxury shopping, and upscale restaurants, Buckhead is unquestionable the place to go for the finer things. Buckhead features premiere shopping destinations such as Hermes (opening Spring 2014) as well as award-winning restaurants like King + Duke, listed in Esquire’s “The Best New Restaurants of 2013.”
For refined entertainment, the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre features nationally acclaimed theatre performances. The Alliance has launched multiple Broadway hits and sets a high standard for theatrical entertainment.
You can’t fully appreciate Atlanta until you’ve played a round of golf.
The golf course at Peachtree is a treat for any golfer and was the first big break for the globally recognized architect, Robert Trent Jones. Robert Trent Jones collaborated with legendary golfer, Bobby Jones, in the construction of the Peachtree golf course. After completion of the Peachtree course, Robert Jones went on to develop roughly 500 golf courses throughout his career. His golf courses can be found throughout the United States as well as 35 other countries. Robert Trent Jones passed in 2000, but at the Peachtree Golf Club he’s never forgotten. Legend has it that, “The sun never sets on a Robert Trent Jones golf course.”
The Peachtree golf course in Atlanta has previously been ranked by Golf Magazine as one of America’s best public courses and is a great place to relax after an exciting vacation.
Photography courtesy of Kevin Rose, AtlantaPhotos.com