Sights to See, Atlanta
Favorite thing: Take a walk through the Olympic Park. It´s a nice memorial for the 1996 Olympic Games and medal winners. They are all listed on big stone plates. Also a memorial to remember the victims of the bomb attack during the games.
Must go to Peidmont Park and bring your dog. This park is right down town. Beautiful skyline view of the skyscrapers. Lots of activities.
Fondest memory: Must have a cocktail at the Tavern at the park. This is where a crazy night with the girls started at. Then we ventured to Virginia Highlands.
Enjoy one of the many sporting events.
Atlanta Braves Baseball, Atlanta Falcons Football, the Atlanta Thrashers Hockey, or the Atlanta basketball team.
Enjoy some of the most fine dining in the area for tastes of all kinds.
There are attractions from Mountains to hike, Six Flags for those who want the amusement parks and several concert halls.
Visit Stone mountain...It has the largest memorial to our Civil War heros carved into the side of this huge chunk of granite.
If you have time and the cajo'nes! drive down to the Thomaston-Upson County Airport for some SKYDIVING! Ask for Ferg...he is a highly experienced tandem master and former US Air Force ROMAD just like me. This is absolutely the BEST drop zone in the Atlanta area. Come out..Skydive and then drink beer like a Viking.(after the skydiving is done of course)They can be reached at WWW.SkydiveAtlanta.com or 1-800-276-DIVE (3483)
Fondest memory: Although I live here, I'm not really a city person. So I dont enjoy it that much but the jobs are plentiful and the money is good.
Visit Midtown Atlanta.
Midtown Atlanta is currently undergoing big changes old buildings are being remodeled while some buildings and ex factory warehouses are being thorn down to make more mainly mid to upscale residential zones as well as adding more office towers. Midtown is slowly but surely becoming a night time entertainment mecca in Atlanta and perhaps this is the closest challenge for Buckhead Atlanta in terms of entertainment and attracting people with high income.
Midtown is also home of the largest gay community in the South East. It is home to the Margaret Mitchell House author of 'Gone with the wind'. Midtown is also home to the Piedmont Park where big concerts and other events take place especially during the summer. Piedmont Park is also great for jogging, biking or to have a day out with your family for a picnic or barbecue. Piedmont park is home to Atlanta's botanical gardens. In addition you can not miss the famous old Fox Theatre in Midtown Atlanta.
Midtown Atlanta is easily accessible by MARTA Rail which stops at Midtown Station N-4 on the North bound line heading to Doraville or North Springs. Other Midtown Stations include Arts Center Station N-5, North Avenue Station N-3 and Civic Center Station N-2.
I think a day downtown is something you have to do in Atlanta. The city is very clean and has very nice shops around town.
Fondest memory: I miss the warm, muggy temperatures the most. The city is very beautiful at night. I also miss that.
Go to the COCA-COLA MUSEUM
American commercialism in its purest essence! Actually, though, it's a phenomenal study of a century of advertising and international marketing. If you're at all interested in these aspects of business, the Coke museum is definitely a must-see. If you just like Coke, then go, because at the end of the tour is a room in which you can sample hundreds of different cokes from around the world.
It should be pointed out here that in the South, all non-alcoholic carbonated beverages are referred to as Coke, including Pepsi, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, etc. In other words, this is a typical exchange in the South:
Bob: You want a Coke?
Hank: That's cool.
Bob: What kind of Coke do you want?
Hank: I reckon I'll have a Sprite.
This is perfectly normal and good. So don't ask for a 'soft drink,' a 'soda,' or a 'pop.' Everything is a Coke. And Coke is the best coke there is.
Fondest memory: Atlanta has a little bit of everything. If you need anything, chances are you can find it in Atlanta.
Restaurants in Atlanta usually serve sweetened ice tea, which is difficult for a Southerner to find outside the South.
Underground Atlanta- This megalithic, 12 acre underground structure in the heart of Atlanta's magalopolis was built in the 1800's and was the actual street level until urban planners effectively concreted the low lying area over. The area, like a huge mall, has the feel of bustling streets, complete
with street signs. There are over 100 restaurants, nightclubs and retail stores here.
Fondest memory: Atlanta History Center a good start out if you want
to get historical information about the city before going further.This center and museum traces atlanta history from Native Americans to the 1996 Olympics.
There are many gardens and restaurant on the grounds.
Visit Buckhead in northern Atlanta on a weekend when it's warm. It's so crowded in some areas that when I walked out of a back door of a bar I still thought I was inside the bar because I was squeezing through people to move around.
Fondest memory: I love driving. Each road feels like it has its own unique style and attitude. When I'm in Atlanta, I love just driving from one end of the city to the other on Peachtree Street. You can see many styles of architecture, different socio-economic parts of cities, it goes straight through Buckhead, straight through the heart of Midtown, where the old 'peachtree' scene used to be, and through downtown. Watch your back when walking through the city downtown. A couple must see places: The Underground (a mall, underground), Turner Field, Coca-Cola Factory, The Varsity (North Street next to Ga.Tech), Stone Mountain, and Dante's Down the Hatch (fondue restaurant in Buckhead that has an indoor pond with a broken down ship, turtles, alligators, and fish. Also live jazz 24-7.)
Not sure if this happens often - however when I visited there was a lot going on in the entrance area to the Underground.
All singing and dancing and good fun to watch.
They manufacture the C-130 Hercules and the F-22 Raptor here......
This plane is why I come here....
Visit the Atlanta Zoo where two pandas from China are living and where primates run free in the Ford African Rain Forest.
Fondest memory: The zoo is also in Grant Park.
Going to a football game at The Georgia Dome which is a very nice indoor stadium.
Fondest memory: Watching the 49ers beat the Falcons and then going down to the tunnel to get some souviners from the players.
Favorite thing: My favourite thing in Atlanta was the CNN Centrum. I didn't have enough time. I was ther only for two hours, but this 2 hours was great.