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8 Top Sights in Atlanta

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by Well Traveled
10 months ago

Welcome to Atlanta, a vibrant city that blends rich history, modern attractions, and Southern charm. From its pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement to its thriving cultural scene, Atlanta offers a plethora of sights and experiences for visitors. In this post, we'll explore the top eight must-see sights that will leave you captivated by the beauty and diversity of this remarkable city.

1. The Georgia Aquarium 

Whale sharks, and manta rays, and beluga whales, oh my! Once the largest aquarium in the world, this aquarium has at least one exhibit that will wow everyone. You may recognize it from movies, too. It was featured in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. It's also indoors, so it can be a great escape from the Georgia heat and humidity in addition to a marine adventure. 

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2. Zoo Atlanta 

The classic tourist experience, This massive zoo features more than 1,000 animals from around the world including Giant Pandas and a brand new Red Panda exhibit. This zoo features a lot of unique conservation and after-hour programs, such as their evening Nightcrawlers Experience. If you're traveling with kids, the Scary Slimy Spectacular reptile show and the daily gorilla feedings will be trip highlights. 

3. The World of Coca-Cola 

Whether you're a Coca-Cola drinker or not, the museum, including the vault that holds the secret formula, is definitely worth a visit while you're in Atlanta. The Coke pop art collection, the Scent Discovery room, and the tasting room are the highlights of the museum. Learn all about the anatomy of smell and the flavors that make up Coca-Cola and then head to the tasting room to sample over 80 different Coke brands from all around the world. Try Coke's spin on the bitter Italian aperitif, a raspberry cream soda popular across Southern Africa, among other options.

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4. National Center for Civil and Human Rights

A powerful institution in downtown Atlanta that documents the American civil rights movement over the decades and the global fight for human rights. Atlanta has long been the center of the civil rights movement, and this museum does an excellent job of curating and displaying serious and powerful moments. This museum is worth more than a quick stop-through, you'll need a few hours to absorb all of the information. 

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5. Atlanta Botanical Garden

An urban oasis in the heart of Midtown. A serene 30-acre park is renowned for its conservation programs, an orchid house, and an upscale two-level dining establishment that resembles a glass greenhouse inside the botanical garden. The Canopy Walk is also a must-do, a 600-foot walk path nestled between the trees of the garden. 

6. Centennial Olympic Park and Sky View

Easily the best views of the city. If you're traveling with kids, there's plenty of space for them to run around and the spinning SkyView classroom will entertain and educate them. Plus, kids and adults alike will definitely be able to admire the views from the SkyView Ferris wheel.  

7. Ponce City Market

You don't have to decide what you and everyone in your group want for dinner here. Filled with over 20 award-winning restaurants and food stalls, everyone will get what they want. Come early to check out cooking and candle-making classes and the many, many shopping opportunities – from local boutiques to big box stores and fashion brands. After your meal, head to the rooftop for amazing views, drinks, and games. 

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8. Beltline

If you're outdoorsy and looking to escape the city sprawl, this is the place for you. An idea sparked by a Georgia Tech graduate thesis, a former 22-mile railway loop has now become a multi-use nature area with trails for walking, biking, and hiking. Decorated with outdoor art installations by local artists and gardens with native plants and flowers, it's Atlanta's oasis.

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