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While Atlanta is sprawling with towering buildings made of glass and steel, it is truly a city in the forest, dotted with expansive green spaces. Recently named to Lonely Planet's 2017 "Best in the U.S." list, 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.


  • The Atlanta Botanical Garden: In the middle of Midtown Atlanta more than 30 acres of lush green garden grow, just waiting to be explored. Seasonal activities keep adventure blooming at this urban oasis.
  • The Atlanta History Center: The Atlanta History Center features exhibitions, festivals, and interactive activities, as well as historic houses and 32 acres of gardens, wildlife trails, and woodland areas. It was also used in the filming of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
  • The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: The 95-member Atlanta Symphony Orchestra puts on over 200 performances annually, and they’ve received over 24 Grammy Awards. Take in a classical, pops, or family concert during your stay!
  • Bicycle Tours of Atlanta: Outdoor enthusiasts, unite! You can explore a variety of Atlanta neighborhoods with a three-hour bike tour. Try the Fall in Love with Atlanta, Street Art, or Twilight tours.
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center: If your family will be accompanying you to Atlanta, LEGOLAND’s kid-friendly offerings include a 4D cinema, interactive rides, a build and test area for race cares, a pirate adventure island, and more.
  • High Museum of Art: The High, one of the leading art museums in the Southeast, features a collection of over 11,000 pieces of classic and contemporary art, plus award-winning architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano.
  • Stone Mountain Park: Georgia’s most-visited attraction features the nation’s largest adventure course, cable car and train rides, the world’s largest laser light show, and a wide variety of other activities.
  • Atlanta Movie Tours: This bus tour features guides who performed on the sets of famous movies and TV shows filmed in Atlanta. Hear behind-the-scenes stories about The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, and more!
  • Georgia Aquarium: Swim with whale sharks, feed a dolphin, view the only manta rays in a U.S. aquarium, and see thousands of other animals.
  • Margaret Mitchell House: Visit the apartment where Margaret Mitchell (Peggy Marsh) penned Gone With the Wind. Get the dirt on Peggy’s personal notoriety, her life before and after the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, and more.
  • Zoo Atlanta: Say hello to the pandas (only four zoos in the U.S. house them), visit large populations of gorillas and orangutans, and check out the new Treetop Trail aerial playground.
  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History: See the largest dinosaurs in the world, fossils dating back to the Jurassic period, a saltwater aquarium, rose garden, and 75 acres of nature adventures, including elevated walkways and old-growth trees.
  • Skyview Atlanta: Experience Atlanta from new heights atop the SkyView Ferris wheel! Take in a panoramic view of downtown Atlanta and the surrounding area from a climate-controlled gondola nearly 20 stories up.
  • CNN Studio Tours: The behind-the-scenes tour of CNN’s world headquarters begins with a ride up the world’s largest freestanding escalator (it’s eight stories high!), and includes watching the action in CNN’s largest studio and learning how teleprompters, weather maps, and election night touch-screens work.
  • Center For Civil And Human Rights: This engaging cultural attraction connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. Get inspired by powerful imagery, compelling artifacts and poignant storytelling.

Restaurants & Food:

  • Sweet Auburn Curb Market: Look no further than this urban farmer’s market for meats and produce straight from the farm, plus everything from soul food and gourmet hot dogs to artisanal ice cream.
  • Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View: Situated on the 71-73 floors of the Westin Peachtree Plaza, the Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar, and View feature exciting culinary and cocktail experiences set against breathtaking panoramas of Atlanta.
  • The Varsity: The Varsity offers chili dogs, burgers, chicken sandwiches, grilled cheeses, salads, and more in a family-owned, drive-in restaurant setting. It first opened in 1928, and was visited by President Obama.
  • Bar Mercado: Situated in a food hall on the east side of Atlanta, Bar Mercado serves up a tapas menu featuring the greatest hits of Spanish cuisine, tapas-size beer, Spanish wines, and an array of cocktails.
  • Where to Eat in Atlanta: Trader Vic’s: Within walking distance of the Hyatt and Marriott, this classic eatery is where the Mai Tai was born!
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