Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, home to the world’s busiest airport and the birthplace of Coca-Cola is one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the United States. Upon arriving in Atlanta, one of the first things that visitors notice is how green the city is, truly living up to its reputation as a “city in the forest”. This urban oasis is a multi-cultural haven for residents and visitors alike yet exudes Southern hospitality. Individuals from all walks of life add to the city’s charm and personality. Atlanta sits at the intersection of Southern charm, creativity and sophistication and is a great place to start your Deep South adventure. 

For First Time Visitors

• World of Coca-Cola
• Martin Luther King Jr.National Historic Site
• Georgia Aquarium
• Piedmont Park
• Inside CNN Studio Tour

For Repeat Visitors

• Little Five Points
• Center for Civil and Human Rights
• Atlanta History Center
• Ponce City Market
• Atlanta Botanical Garden


Centennial Olympic Park provides a starting point for exploring Atlanta, and it’s surrounded by attractions.  Begin your day visiting the Georgia Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world. See more than 100,000 animals from 500 species in more than 10 million gallons of water. 

The Georgia Aquarium features dolphins, sea lions, beluga wales, manta rays, penguins, touch tanks and a 4-D theatre perfect for all ages.  This is the only aquarium outside of Asia to house whale sharks, the world’s largest fish. After a fun filled morning, proceed next door to the World of Coca-Cola to learn the story of the famous soft drink, invented in Atlanta.  Go back to the early years of Coca-Cola’s creation in Atlanta and follow the global brand through the decades.  See a 4-D theater, a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process, the Taste It! Room, with more than 100 flavors from around the world, and the Vault of the Secret Formula.  Just across the park is the CNN Studio Tours where you get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to put a broadcast together.   Watch the newsroom as stories from around the world unfold or sit at a news anchor’s desk and predict the weather.

The early part of the day is the best time to visit Zoo Atlanta, with the animals most active when it’s cool. Zoo Atlanta exhibits more than 200 species from the African plains and Asian forests.  

Visit Giant Pandas with their twin cubs, the Giraffe Feeding Terrace and one of North America’s largest captive gorilla populations. Then head over to Fernbank Museum of Natural History. When you walk in the door of Fernbank, you are entering a world of dinosaurs, interactive science exhibits and wildlife. Unique exhibits such as A Walk in Time through Georgia, encourages visitors through their exploration of the earth’s history, the physical universe, the environment and human culture. Finish your day at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, where there is always something blooming in this urban oasis located in Midtown. Explore 30 acres of breathtaking gardens and conservatories including the world’s foremost orchid collection.


Atlanta has played a key role in U.S. history and is also is one of only two cities in the world to claim two Nobel Prize winners – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and former President Jimmy Carter. Start your day at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, which provides an unparalleled experience for visitors, solidifying Atlanta as the global gateway for exploring human rights issues.  

Through interactive exhibits, artifacts and strong imagery, the Center serves as a catalyst for civil and human rights conversation.  Then take the short ride on the Atlanta Streetcar to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Visit the Visitors Center’s exhibit on Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement, Dr. King’s birth home, tomb and Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the King family has preached for three generations.  End your day of education at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, which features a replica of the Oval Office during Carter’s term and includes exhibits that chronicle his journey to the presidency, as well as the work of The Carter Center as it works globally to fight disease and promote democracy and human rights.


Begin the day at the Atlanta History Center which features 33 acres of gardens, the 1820’s Tullie Smith House and 1928 Swan House Mansion.  The museum offers exhibitions on the U.S. Civil War, African-American heritage and Southern folk art.  In 2018, the Atlanta Cyclorama will reopen in a custom-built annex at the History Center.  

Then, head to Midtown to learn about one of Atlanta’s most famous citizens, Margaret Mitchell. Visit the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, featuring the furnished apartment, nicknamed “The Dump”, where Mitchell wrote the award-winning novel, “Gone with the Wind”.  For lunch, sample real southern fare (and southern hospitality) at Mary Mac’s Tea Room.  In the afternoon, head to Stone Mountain Park, a 3,200- acre attraction built around the world’s largest mass of exposed granite, and visit Crossroads, a recreated 1870’s Georgia town, which includes authentically costumed characters, music, shopping and restaurants. In the evening at Stone Mountain Park, grab a hotdog at the Big Rock Cafe, then check out the new 3D laser spectacular which has been taken to a new dimension. The laser show includes dazzling displays of neon laser lights, featuring characters, stories, graphics and fireworks choreographed to popular musical scores, transforming the park into a natural amphitheater.


When it comes to shopping, you’ll find plenty of options in Atlanta.  The Buckhead neighborhood houses two of the metro area’s most upscale malls and the city’s newest shopping district.  

Since 1959, Lenox Square has served as the Southeast’s premier shopping destination, anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Macy’s and features 250 specialty stores such as Louis Vuitton, Diesel, 7 for All Mankind and a two-story Nike flagship store.  The Shops Buckhead Atlanta is a shopping destination at the intersection of Peachtree and East Paces Ferry roads.  The development boasts approximately 140,000 square meters of luxury retail, including Dior, Brunello Cucinelli, Bonobos, Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo, restaurants and cafes and pedestrian friendly streets.  For savings of 25 percent to 65 percent every day, head up to the North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville, GA, featuring Hugo Boss, Lucky Brand, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and Kate Spade.