If you find yourself near the bottom of Georgia on I95 exit 29, take the time to check out Jekyll Island to see Driftwood Beach, you will NOT regret it! This is a fantastic view to see, make sure you bring your camera, we just couldn't get over it. There is a $3.00 toll to get on the island but it is well worth the price.
St. Simons Island Lighthouse, 1815, replaced many times, 1st one was a harbor light then a coastal light replace it. Located on the southern point of St Simons Island it marked the entrance to St Simons Sound. The lighthouse board raised the status in 1857 by installing a 3rd order lens. Civil war destroyed it. In 1870 work on the new one was started and completed in 1872 and lit in Sept. It can be seen for 16 miles and is still working to date.
This is a great way to see the historic River Street from a Riverboat! The Captain will narrate the Savannah River history Location: Cruising year round from East River Street
Saturday lunch and Sunday brunch cruises, also includes narration by the Captain and a buffet, great food and a relaxing cruise.
1 hour no reservation required
Children under 12 $8.50
There are several other cuise packages that are longer and more expensive and do require reservations, so check the link below for more details and prices.
The High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the Southeast. It houses a permanent collection of over 11,000 works of art, including contemporary art, a decorative arts collection featuring nineteenth- and twentieth-century American furniture, nineteenth-century American landscape paintings, European paintings and sculptures from the fourteenth century through the nineteenth century, African masks and carvings, folk art, and photography.
The museum also features a wide range of traveling exhibitions throughout the year, as well as guided tours, lectures, films, and special events.
The High Museum of Art has two locations: the main facility (pictured here) is in Midtown Atlanta, and the Folk Art and Photographic Galleries are located in the Georgia-Pacific Center in downtown Atlanta.
Underground Atlanta is one of the city's most popular tourist, entertainment, and shopping districts. More than 100 retail and specialty stores, and numerous restaurants and bars line the underground streets.
Underground Atlanta got its start in the 1920s. To improve the flow of traffic, the city constructed concrete viaducts over the existing streets in a five-block area to form an elevated street system. The merchants moved their businesses to the new level, and for a time used the old premises, which were now all underground, for storage. However, the underground streets were soon abandoned and were forgotten until 1968. It was then that the Atlanta Board of Aldermen declared the original five-block area a historic site. A year later, Underground Atlanta opened as a retail and entertainment district.
The world's second most popular book, after the Bible, was written by Atlanta native Margaret Mitchell. Since publication of Gone With the Wind in 1936, sales have totaled nearly 30,000,000 copies translated into 32 languages.
One month after publication, Margaret Mitchell sold the film rights to the book. The premier of the movie Gone With the Wind was held in 1939 at the Loew's Grand Theatre in downtown Atlanta. (The Loew's Grand Theatre has since burned down). The movie won ten Academy Awards, and has been seen more times than any other film in history.
The Margaret Mitchell House and Museum features a new 4,000-square-foot (373-square-meter) museum which contains exhibits, including letters written by Margaret Mitchell and her husband, pictures, and archival exhibits that portray the life of Atlanta's favorite daughter. The museum opened on December 15, 1999 on the 60th anniversary of the premier of the movie.
Tours also include a visit to Apartment Number 1 in the house where Margaret Mitchell lived between 1925 and 1932, and in which she wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
The world's most popular soft drink, Coca-Cola, was invented in Atlanta by Dr. John Pemberton in 1886. Originally intended as a medicinal drink, Coca-Cola contained cocaine, which gave rise to its name. John Pemberton took the syrup to a nearby pharmacy, where it was mixed with carbonated water and sold for five cents per glass. From such humble beginnings, Coca-Cola is now consumed 13,000 times every second of every day, worldwide. The Coca-Cola Company claims that their soft drink is the most successful product in the history of commerce.
One of the most popular attractions in Atlanta, the World of Coca-Cola highlights the history and heritage of Coca-Cola, and displays Coca-Cola memorabilia from throughout the years. The three-story atrium is draped with the flags of over 200 nations and territories where Coca-Cola products are available. Visitors can experience exhibits containing over 1,200 Coca-Cola artifacts, participate in interactive exhibits, and watch video presentations and classic Coca-Cola commercials. One of the most popular exhibits is a replica of Barnes Soda Fountain where "soda jerks" demonstrate how early Coca-Cola was prepared.
Visitors can also sample 23 beverages made by the Coca-Cola Company around the world, but which are not available in the United States.
Founded and owned by media mogul Ted Turner, CNN (Cable News Network) was the world's first 24-hour cable news service. The Atlanta-based studio brings news to over 1,000,000,000 people around the globe every day.
Vistors can take a guided tour of the CNN Center to learn about the history of the CNN networks and their state-of-the-art studios. Highlights include a re-creation of CNN main control room where visitors can see the behind-the-scenes operations of a 24-hour news service. An exhibit area features interactive video clips of the top 100 news stories that CNN has covered since its inception. There are demonstrations that show how such special effects as making images appear behind anchors and correspondents are made. And there is a special presentation showcasing the other networks that make up the rest of the Turner broadcasting empire, including TBS, TNT, and the Cartoon Network.
Built in 1929, the Fox Theatre was originally intended to serve as the headquarters of the Atlanta Yaarab Temple. Because of the Great Depression, the order was forced to sell the building. It was bought by Hollywood movie executive William Fox, who converted it into a movie palace with the decor of an Arabian courtyard. In addition to featuring movies, the theater was also the home of the Metropolitan Opera.
The Fox Theatre was almost lost to developers in the 1970s. However, the "Save the Fabulous Fox" campaign led to the preservation of the Fox Theatre as a historic landmark. Nowadays, visitors can join a guided tour of the theater offered by the Atlanta Preservation Center.
Zoo Atlanta provides natural habitats for almost 1,000 animals among the trees, hills, and along streams that closely replicate the animals' homes in the wild.
Among the exhibit highlights are the Ford African Rain Forest which is home to four gorilla families (numbering 22 gorillas) in a jungle-like setting. The Masai Mara is a recreation of the plains of Kenya, with free-roaming ostriches, antelopes, giraffes, and zebras. Neighboring land harbors elephants, lions, and rhinoceros. The Ketambe exhibit showcases three families of orangutans, while the Sumatran Tiger Forest provides a jungle habitat complete with a stream and waterfall for the rare tigers. Finally, the Asian Forest features the zoo's most popular attraction: a pair of giant pandas from China.
The Georgia State Capitol Building was completed in 1889 on the site of Atlanta's antebellum City Hall. The most striking aspect of the neo-Classical building is its golden dome. The gold was a gift from the people of nearby Dahlonega, Georgia where the nation's first gold rush occurred in 1830. There are 43 ounces (1,220 kilograms) of gold leaf covering the dome. The gold leaf was first applied in 1958 and refurbished in 1981.
In addition to housing the State Legislature, the office of the governor, and various other state offices, the inside of the capitol building contains historical exhibits, a small science and natural history museum, the Hall of Valor which houses a collection of priceless flags, and the Hall of Fame which features busts of the Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence and other notable citizens from Georgia's past.
Peachtree Street is Atlanta's "grand avenue," stretching north for miles from downtown, through Midtown and Buckhead, and ending in the far northern suburbs. Many of Atlanta's prime attractions, bustling business centers, most chic shopping venues, and best neighborhoods are on or adjacent to Peachtree Street. Despite its name, no peach trees grow along the street, since Atlanta is a little too far north, and a little too high in elevation, for peaches to thrive.
Midtown is one of Atlanta's most vibrant areas, and is bisected by Peachtree Street. Located about one mile (1.6 kilometers) north of the downtown area, many corporations are based here in one of the many new skyscrapers that have sprung up recently. In addition, many of Atlanta's cultural and historical attractions are located in Midtown, such as the Fox Theatre, the High Museum of Art, the Woodruff Arts Center, and the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum.
Built in 1992, the 55-story Bank of America Plaza is Atlanta's tallest building at 1,023 feet (312 meters), and is the tallest building in the South and the eleventh-tallest building in the United States. The building is topped with an open pyramidal structure which is spectacularly illuminated at night, and which has been referred to as Atlanta's Eiffel Tower.
Sweet dixie ways and delightful country ambience, however, are Atlanta's redeemers, qualities that continue to serve her well as
a world-class city.
Proof of her worldly appeal is reflected in a shimmering skyline where glassy towers and sleek skyscrappers embody the city's statue among corporate America.
Fortune 500 companies many of them headquartered here have made an indelible mark on Atlanta not only in civic and economic terms, but in cultural offerings as well. It was the city's wealth of attractions, after all, along with its trademark hospitality that helped earn it the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
While the streets of this capital city bustle with the goings on of governmrnt and big business, a subterranean entertainment district thrives in underground Atlanta.
A marvelous mix of old and new, the 12 acre complex retains the ambience of late nineteenth century Atlanta with original brick and terra cotta facades and cobblestone streets.
The nearby World Of Coca-Cola Pavilon is one of the city's premiere attractions, a fortified shrine to Atlanta's most famous beverage. The four story ultra modern facility features historic memorabilia, corporate archives and interactive exhibits.
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