Atlanta Metro

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Atlanta Metro Atlanta’s nicknames, the “Capital of the South” and the “Gateway to the New South”, depict how Atlanta combines the charm of the hospitable, old south with the action-packed urban life of a modern city. Civil War history, exciting attractions, best shopping in the southeast, great restaurants, southern hospitality, cultural activities, professional sports, busiest airport in the world, Zoo Atlanta, Fernbank Museum, Woodruff Arts Center, festivals year round, the home of the civil rights movement, superb parks and hiking trails, terrific small towns throughout the metro region, Six Flags, Stone Mountain, and an exciting night life all await you in one of the great metropolitan areas in the world! The Atlanta Metro Tourist Guide can help you plan your visit so that your experience is complete and enjoyable.

Atlanta Metro Travel Association
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Douglasville CVB Gwinnett County CVB Historic Roswell

Let’s begin our tour by looking at some entertainment options. Just west of downtown Atlanta is Six Flags over Georgia where you can enjoy top thrill rides, family entertainment, and concerts. The South's largest water park, Six Flags Whitewater Park, can be found in Marietta, just northwest of Atlanta. Just east of Atlanta is Stone Mountain Park, which is one of the top visitor attractions in the world – and for good reason. The Park offers such a variety of entertainment, including: spectacular laser and fireworks shows on the face of the mountain (every summer evening), top-notch golf courses, Georgia’s largest campground, plenty of shows and activities geared towards kids, playgrounds, festivals and concerts.

Walking through the Tunnel at Georgia Aquarium

In downtown Atlanta, you should visit Centennial Park, which was built as a lasting symbol for the 1996 Olympic Games that Atlanta hosted. The park has a large water fountain in which children can play and hosts a number of events and concerts. Near the park you will discover several other exciting attractions. The Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium, is unlike any anything you might have seen before, and next door is the New World of Coca Cola. You can also tour CNN Center, which is on the opposite side of Centennial Park. Other great Atlanta attractions are the Atlanta Zoo and Underground Atlanta. Since there is so much to do, be sure to use our “Flag This” feature in the Atlanta Metro Tourist Guide to add items of interest to your “My Travel Ideas” folder.

Other entertainment options include Sun Valley Beach, the Malibu Grand Prix Family Entertainment Center, rafting down the Chattahoochee River, or running in the nation’s premier 10-K race (Peachtree Road Race). Atlanta has great professional sports teams and you can see them play in some of the most attractive parks and arenas in the country.

If you prefer cultural activities and the arts, Atlanta has some incredible offerings. The Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown is a campus center and cultural hub for the fine arts and includes: the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta College of Art, the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Young Audiences of Atlanta and the 14th Street Playhouse. Just down Peachtree Street the incredible, grand old Fox Theatre hosts a variety of concerts and Broadway shows.

If you like shopping then put on your walking shoes, because in the Atlanta Metro Region there are no limits to the shopping opportunities. If you like the sophisticated and high-end boutiques, shop in the Buckhead, Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square area. If you would like to get lost in the “Bermuda triangle” of shopping areas, travel to Gwinnett County and shop at the Gwinnett Place Mall, Discovery Mills and the Mall of Georgia – all within a few minutes drive of each other. If you wish, click the “Shopping” option on the Atlanta Metro Tourist Guide to discover the many great shopping opportunities in the various towns within this region. You can target the search by selecting a specific area within the region (such as Gwinnett County), and the Tourist Guide will narrow the information just to your request.

Barrington Hall in the beautiful, historic city of Roswell

In Jonesboro, just south of Atlanta, you can have a “Gone with the Wind Experience” and tour the Road to Tara Museum. In Atlanta you can tour the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum. For actual Civil War history, visit the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park northwest of Atlanta to learn about one of the great battles that made up the Atlanta Campaign. Near Zoo Atlanta you can visit the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum. The Cyclorama houses the world’s largest painting, which depicts the Battle of Atlanta. Other educational opportunities include two National Historic Sites - the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum.

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