Sweet Georgia peaches, lazy days at Turner Field, the Coca-Cola factory, and Civil War battlegrounds - these are just four things that come to mind when one thinks of Atlanta, and the many attractions that abound when you plan a stay in one of our Atlanta vacation rentals!
The capital city of Georgia sits in the north of the state, flanked by the Appalachian Mountains and the Chattahoochee River. With nearly half a million residents, the city has a diverse and unique populace that embodies Southern hospitality at its finest. The Creek and Cherokee tribes were the first settlers; Europeans arrived in the early 1800s. Reconstruction brought unprecedented growth and prosperity, making the city a national transportation and education hub. Today, Atlanta enjoys a reputation for good food, good drink, great art, and culture, and our Atlanta vacation rentals provide the perfect base from which to tour and admire this bustling metropolis.
As the largest urban center in the state, Atlanta boasts myriad attractions from the high-brow to the recreational. As the international headquarters of Coca-Cola, visitors can expect an effervescent experience at The World of Coke. Tour the two-level museum and admire Coke memorabilia from yesteryear, as well as interactive exhibits in the 4-D theater. The highlight of any visit is the Taste It! room, which features more than 100 different Coke varieties from around the world (there's even one that tastes like vodka)!
Just down the street lies the Georgia Aquarium, one of the largest and best in the country, boasting six permanent exhibits about various sea mammals, from the Cold Water Quest (Beluga whales) to Ocean Explorer (whale sharks) to Dolphin Quest (dolphins, naturally!). Designed by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the High Museum of Art is the top museum in town, thanks to its enviable collection of contemporary and folk art and photography. Admire Target by Elizabeth Catlett or Queen's Mesh by Alan Saret.
Civil rights aficionados flock to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Tour the late leader's birthplace as well as The Peace Plaza. You'll be captivated by the "I Have a Dream" World Peace Rose Garden, and messages of peace from local schoolchildren.
As the site of many important battles during the Civil War, Atlanta is a history buff's wonderland. Head to the Peachtree Creek Battlefield, currently occupied by Tanyard Creek Park and Oakland Cemetery or the Battles of Ezra Church, Brown's Mill, and Utoy Creek. You'll find historical markers, statues, and tombstones commemorating the dead.
For a less somber excursion, spend the day watching baseball at Turner Field. The ballpark, built in 1997 and named for native son and media mogul Ted Turner, is the home of the Atlanta Braves and is known for its old-school feel and modern amenities. It's considered one of the best parks for innovative dining.
Atlanta is world-renowned for its numerous parks and outdoor spaces. At nearly 200 acres, Piedmont Park is the city's version of Central Park, with a greenmarket, pool, dog park, and fishing site. Stone Mountain is a hotspot for hiking as well as kid-friendly activities such as gondola rides, treetop treks, and rope bridge tours. As the second largest natural rock formation after Uluru (aka Australia's Ayers Rock) it's also considered the "Mt. Rushmore of the Confederacy," due to its Confederate memorial carving.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a paradise for flora, from orchids to roses and everything in between, across 30 acres. One of the gardens' highlights is the Kendeda Canopy Walk, a 600-foot-long walkway above one of the last remaining urban forests in the city.
An urban oasis with a wealth of outdoor and indoor attractions, Atlanta is a world-class destination. Stay at one of our Atlanta vacation rentals and you'll see why!
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