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atlanta gaAtlanta GA is the capital of Georgia, a state in the US and best known as host of the 1996 Olympic Games. With over 35 million annual visitors, Atlanta is in the top 10 most visited cities in the United States and often called the 'capital of the South.' Atlanta is divided into 242 neighborhoods and is a hilly city with lots of tress and greenery. Much of Atlanta was destroyed by fire in the Civil War, and with it the historical architecture of the city. As such, Atlanta now includes many examples of modernist architecture in the skyline of Midtown and Colony Square. In brief, most tourists to Atlanta head to Downtown. As well as offices and government buildings, it is also the metropolitan area and home to sporting venues and various attractions. Midtown has a cultural feel and is home to a number of cultural and art attractions. The West of the city has seen a lot of growth over the past few decades and includes many retail buildings, galleries as well as housing. Entertainment is offered in abundance in Atlanta, from the Atlanta Opera and Ballet to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Alliance Theatre attracting various touring shows and concerts. As mentioned, Midtown Atlanta is the cultural hub of the city and the Fox Theater, a local landmark, often stages Broadways acts on tour. Those who enjoy browsing museums, will enjoy Atlanta’s offerings. The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) celebrates all things design and is the only one of its kind in the Southeast and the High Museum of Art is one of the most popular art museums in the whole world, in terms of high visitor numbers. atlanta gaThere are also a range of more contemporary art galleries. The largest indoor aquarium in the world is in Atlanta and this is the most popular tourist attraction in the city. Georgia Aquarium attracts many visitors every year. Atlanta is well-known for its history and the museums paying tribute to this. Well worth a visit is the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic site, which includes the childhood home of King and his resting place. Other museums explore the Civil War, the American Civil Rights Movement and the Battle of Atlanta. Popular with visitors is the World of Coca-Cola, which explores the history of the famous brand. Visitors learn about the production of the brand and advertising. Also, the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum celebrates the works of Gone with the Wind. atlanta gaThere are a number of outdoor places worth exploring in Atlanta. The most popular is the Atlanta Botanical Garden, with a skywalk (called the Kendeda Canopy Walk) 40-foot high allowing people to view an urban forest from a tall vantage point. There are 343 parks in Atlanta, of which Piedmont Park in Midtown is the most popular. A number of events are held in the outdoor space here, such as concerts. There is also a Centennial Olympic Park, part of the Olympic Games legacy programme. The Olympics allowed for much regeneration and improvement works to Atlanta. Zoo Atlanta is a favourite for the family, with over 1,300 animals and 220 species at the attraction in Grant Park. Among its many animals are giant panda, of which there are only three more zoos in America who are also home to them. Not only does Atlanta include the charm of the south, but it mixes this with a modern, contemporary welcome for tourists. It has a number of accommodation facilities to suit a variety of budgets and is very popular for its cuisine. The mix of restaurants means there is something for everyone, from ethnic cuisine to Southern dining.

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