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By Vickie Ferguson

Welcome to Atlanta, where southern hospitality abounds

Atlanta has earned the designation as "Hot Lanta" for a reason. It is an exciting, vibrant, active and modern metropolis that seamlessly blends technology with its rich history as a city deeply rooted in southern tradition.

Outdoor activities and attractions

Any time of year, Atlanta is a prime vacation destination. The changing of the leaves during the fall season is a rainbow of color that cannot be adequately captured by a camera. Spring is full of dogwoods and magnolias blossoming profusely taking you back in time to thoughts of southern plantations. Summer is the time for hiking and canoeing in nearby parks while winter brings a crisp freshness to the city with its blanket of gentle snowflakes.

  • Attractions are a mainstay in Atlanta, and there is plenty to see starting with the historic Atlanta Cyclorama display that depicts The Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War.
  • Plan a visit to majestic Stone Mountain Park, where you will spend hours exploring the park and enjoying the spectacular views from atop the mountain.
  • For a day of never-ending thrills and excitement, add Six Flags Over Georgia to your itinerary.
    Relax and enjoy a number of scheduled events at Piedmont Park that include the annual Dogwood Festival, Music Midtown and Atlanta Arts Festival.
  • Visit downtown and walk where the Olympic winners competed at Centennial Olympic Park and take part in scheduled events throughout the year.
  • Enjoy water activities like canoeing and kayaking on the Chattahoochee River, just a stone's throw from the city, or plan a day trip to north Georgia for whitewater rafting.

Culture, cuisine, nightlife and dining

  • Get a taste of the city and its past with visits to Fox Theatre where "Gone with the Wind" first premiered, and the Margaret Mitchell House where the author penned the classic lover story of Scarlet and Rhett.
  • Museums and historical locations abound such as Fernbank Science Center and the historic Oakland Cemetery where you will learn about the past and see exquisite sculptures such as the Unknown Confederate Dead – "Lion of Atlanta."
  • Savor the flavor of the cities nightlife with a variety of hip nightclubs or local taverns. A must when visiting this city is a visit to Underground Atlanta. Go beneath the streets of the city for dining, shopping, live entertainment and more. Take the self-guided tour to experience this historic area touting over 100 years of history.
  • Atlanta has some of the top restaurants in the U.S., providing an array of cultural cuisine. Choose from establishments like the 1927, Colonnade Restaurant for authentic southern dishes, Mary Mac's Tea Room for comfort food, or visit world famous, The Varsity, established in 1928.
  • Art plays an important role in Atlanta as seen by its outstanding art centers. See examples of work by local artisans at the High Museum of Art and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

With world-class attractions, a variety of outdoor activities, active nightlife, theme parks, annual festivals and close proximity to the North Georgia Mountains, there is never a dull moment for visitors of all ages.

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