No matter what your style or scene is, these top three highlights of Atlanta are sure to make for a good time for anyone. There is a mix of history, broadcasting, good food, and a sensational museum to be enjoyed at all ages.
We spent 2 days in Atlanta and here is what we covered and highly recommend for you:
- CNN Tour. We paid $15 for an exclusive behind the scenes glimpse of what happens in the news room at this CNN Headquarters. We were able to ask all the questions that we wanted. I’m sure there is a lot of sensitive information that wasn’t shared, but the overview on production and what takes place during breaking news moments locally and globally was still interesting. The whole experience was about 1 hour and we finished at the gift shop where it was possible to buy souvenirs, including a picture of yourself as a reporter (for a fee). If you’re hungry, there is a food court in the atrium with typical fast food and some healthier options.
2. Sweet Auburn Historic District. The story of MLK is more than Black American history. His story is global and for all humankind. MLK was born in Atlanta. Along Auburn Avenue, you will embark on the home MLK was born in, the church his father pastored at, which later became the church he pastored at as well. MLK is also buried here and there is a memorial site with a couple of museums all within the same two blocks. Be sure to catch the two mini film documentaries in the museum, one which is the virtual tour of the interior of the home he grew up in and the other film is about MLK’s life. You might think that you know all there is to know about him, but I’m sure you will discover something new here. Estimated time to spend here: Minimum 1 hour, but plan for 2.5 hours.
3. Coca Cola Museum. Besides the amusements parks I have been to as a child, I don’t think I have seen so many happy faces in one place at the same time. Coca-Cola has always been sensational with their marketing. They really are putting smiles on people’s faces. Upon entry, we were given a small can of coke before we entered a room with a ton of artifacts, including the first fountain that was used to dispense the cola. Our tour guide told stories, shared facts and figures and even hinted at giving us the recipe. Throughout the entire experience we were teased with the notion of getting the recipe. At one point, I thought we were actually going to walk into a vault with a variety of concoctions. I found this museum to be quite fun because the design continued to heighten our senses with the use of images, collectors items, movies, samples, and interactive displays. Estimated time to spend here: 1.5-2 hours
If you have enough time, you can fit in a visit to the Aquarium. I hear it is one of the best experiences of all aquarium visits in North America. The next time, I visit this city, I’ll have to check it out.
Have you been to Atlanta? What would you say are the top 3 things to do?