Atlanta is the perfect starting point for a Deep South adventure. World-class attractions and plenty of history make for an interesting few days of exploring.
Atlanta burst onto the international scene as the host of the 1996 Centennial Summer Olympic Games. The lasting legacy of those Games is Centennial Olympic Park, a major gathering spot right in the center of Downtown Atlanta. The walkable area includes many of Atlanta’s top attractions, sports venues and entertainment facilities including World of Coca-Cola, a highly-visual and interactive 'museum' dedicated to Atlanta’s native soft drink.
The Georgia Aquarium is the third largest aquarium in the western hemisphere and home to more than 100,000 creatures including penguins, manta rays, beluga whales and the largest fish in the world, the whale shark.
You will also find the global headquarters for CNN on Centennial Olympic Park, as well as the Center for Civil and Human Rights, which connects the American civil rights movement to today’s global human rights movements through powerful exhibitions.
From the Civil War to Civil Rights, Atlanta has played a key role in U.S. history. You can visit the Margaret Mitchell House, the home where the famous author wrote one of the greatest American novels, Gone with the Wind.
Atlanta is also one of only two cities in the world to claim two Nobel Peace Prize winners:
Martin Luther King Jr. and former President Jimmy Carter. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Ebenezer Baptist Church are located within the Sweet Auburn Historic District, once the wealthiest black community in America and a focal point for the American civil rights movement. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum features a replica of the Oval Office during Carter’s term and includes exhibits that chronicle his journey to the presidency.
Today, Atlanta might best be known as the home of zombies and super heroes. The state of Georgia ranks number 1 in the USA in film production, according to Film L.A. Over three hundred film and television projects were shot in Georgia including “The Walking Dead," “The Hunger Games” and many Marvel films such as “The Avengers," “Spiderman: Homecoming," and “Guardians of the Galaxy." Book an Atlanta Movie Tour to see exact locations.
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.