2016-12-2 12:00:00

Atlanta history and tourist sites

The history of Atlanta dates back to 1836, when Georgia decided to build a railroad to the U.S. Midwest and a location was chosen to be the line's terminus. The stake marking the founding of "Terminus" was driven into the ground in 1837 (called the Zero Mile Post). In 1839 homes and a store were built there and the settlement grew. Between 1845 and 1854 rail lines arrived from four different directions, and the rapidly growing town quickly became the rail hub for the entire Southern United States. During the American Civil War, Atlanta, as a distribution hub, became the target of a major Union campaign, and in 1864 Union General Sherman's troops set on fire and destroyed the city's assets and buildings, save churches and hospitals. After the war the population grew rapidly, as did manufacturing, while the city retained its role as a rail hub. Coca-Cola was launched here in 1886 and grew into an Atlanta-based world empire. Electric streetcars arrived in 1889,[1] and the city added new "streetcar suburbs".

Places To Go in Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium

https://www.google.com.eg/maps/place/Georgia+Aquarium/@33.763382,-84.39511,6z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xfed77076a9af4adc
As one of Atlanta's newest attractions, the Georgia Aquarium has a simple claim to fame: It is the largest aquarium in the world.

What to Do

Go underwater! Experience a view usually reserved for divers in a signature tunnel in the Ocean Voyager exhibit.

What to See

More than 60 exhibits showcase an immense variety of marine life, including playful belugas, massive whale sharks, frolicking otters, and ethereal jellyfish.

World of Coca-Cola

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Few could have dreamed that Dr. John S. Pemberton's "headache remedy" of the late 1800s would become the world's most recognized beverage.

What to Do

Visit the Taste It! gallery, which offers free sampling of the 63 beverages marketed by Coca-Cola in nations around the world.

What to See

Revel in the history of Coca-Cola and view the galleries devoted to advertising campaigns, the bottling process, and Coke in pop culture.

Inside CNN Studio Tour

https://www.google.com.eg/maps/place/CNN+Studio+Tour/@33.757781,-84.394591,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x88f50380633ff777:0x89cfb8a124920f1f
CNN Center, world headquarters of the international news channel, offers an inside look at news production.

What to Do

Take a ride on the world's longest freestanding escalator, which starts the tour. Try your hand at "cold reading" the news in Studio 7E.

What to See

Watch a newscast as it occurs! And check out the station's control room on the studio tour – complete with real-time direction and an explanation of technology used (including "blue screen").

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

https://www.google.com.eg/maps/place/Fernbank+Museum+of+Natural+History/@33.773963,-84.32773,6z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xde2b6ca5505472a0?sa=X&ei=xik-VYuXHqWeygPWvoDIDg&ved=0CJQBEPwSMBA
Surrounded by a 65-acre (26.3 hectares) forest, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History offers an observatory, a planetarium, an IMAX movie theater, and oodles of fascinating exhibits.

What to Do

Participate in Nature’s hands-on activities that helps visitors become aware of how their senses interpret the world around them.

What to See

Discover virtual waterfalls and the insides of a mighty red oak tree at NatureQuest, which lets kids explore the nooks and crannies of a multi-level clubhouse.

Center for Civil and Human Rights

https://www.google.com.eg/maps/place/Center+for+Civil+and+Human+Rights/@33.764046,-84.393005,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xe793259d9327c018
Located right in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the Center for Civil and Human Rights is a cultural gem that will inspire visitors young and old.

What to Do

Interact with touch-screen exhibits and listen to original recordings of stories of true courage.

What to See

The exclusive rotating exhibition of over 13,000 personal artifacts from the Morehouse College Martin King, Jr. Collection.

Zoo Atlanta

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Occupying nearly 40 acres (16 hectares) in Grant Park, Zoo Atlanta's lush natural habitats showcase more than 1,000 animals representing some 200 species from around the world.

What to Do

Spend a day exploring the nearly 40 acres (16 hectares) in Grant Park. If you have kids, visiting Zoo Atlanta is one of the best family things to do in Atlanta.

What to See

The zoo is best known for its gorillas – more reside here than anywhere else in the United States – and for being one of four U.S. zoos that house giant pandas.

College Football Hall of Fame

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Do you have college football fans in your family? Then you won't want to miss Atlanta's most interactive attraction, the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-a Fan Experience.

What to Do

Kick a field goal or play quarterback on the 45-yard replica football field.

What to See

Watch the ultra-high-definition 4K feature film The Game of Your Life, a behind-the-scenes look into game day on a college team.

Centennial Olympic Park

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Created to be a gathering place for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, Centennial Olympic Park is a verdant oasis that serves both locals and tourists.

What to Do

With a children’s playground, eateries on-site and short steps away, and its prime downtown Atlanta location, the park can be either destination or way station.

What to See

Be sure to time your visit with one of the pop-up water fountains' "performances."

Martin Luther King Jr. National History Site

https://www.google.com.eg/maps/place/Martin+Luther+King+Jr.+National+Historic+Site/@33.756292,-84.373446,6z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x1c108ccc0ace4f10?sa=X&ei=Wys-Vb_CHse_ygOXpYBY&ved=0CJUBEPwSMA4
Visitors can pay tribute and learn about Martin Luther King Jr. at this National Historic Site.

What to Do

Hear recordings of his sermons and speeches that play inside the church, bringing his message – in his own voice – to new generations of listeners.

What to See

His childhood home; his crypt, with eternal flame; Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as pastor; and a visitor center that showcases his important civil rights work.

Piedmont Park

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Since 1904, Piedmont Park has encouraged visitors to engage with nature.

What to Do

Explore the sports fields, skating and biking paths – separated from well-marked jogging and walking paths – and a dog park where four-legged friends romp leash-free invite both casual and organized play.

What to See

The Noguchi Playscape, an intersection of shape, color and texture designed for active and enthusiastic interaction.