Atlanta, United States Guide - - Hotels, Restaurants, Nightlife - Classic Travel
Southern hospitality mixed with a sophisticated, eclectic city is the recipe for "Hot"lanta's popularity. The frenetic pace of many northern and western U.S. cities has moved down south to Atlanta. This diverse city, with a population of over 4 million people, offers luxury travel with classic "Southern Hospitality" to all visitors, whether in town for business or pleasure. Atlanta's thriving neighorhoods and cultural diversity will reshape your perceptions of the South. Atlanta is home to numerous interesting museums, cultural centers, sports arenas, and, of course, wonderful luxury hotels and restaurants. Many large businesses including Coca Cola and CNN are headquartered here. Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport is the busiest airport in the U.S.
The High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street Northeast
The High is the premier museum of the Southeastern United States. To accommodate growing demand for exhibition space, the museum opened 177,000 square feet of expanded facilities at the Woodruff Arts Center in November 2005. Designed by Renzo Piano, "A Village for the Arts" is a critically acclaimed addition to the original 23 year old structure. In addition to the museum, the Woodruff Arts Center encompasses the Atlanta College of Art, the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Young Audiences of Atlanta and the 14th Street Playhouse.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum
441 Freedom Parkway
The Carter Center contains historical memorabilia and photographs from the Carter Presidency (1976-1981). It also has an exact replica of the oval office, along with exhibits of the gifts received by the Carters throughout the years.
The World of Coca-Cola
55 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (At Underground Atlanta)
This three-story museum houses the world's largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia. Trace the history of the world's best selling soft drink and sample Coca-Cola products from around the world.
CNN Studio Tours
International Boulevard at Marietta Street (Downtown)
See news in the making with this behind-the-scenes tour of the world headquarters of Turner Broadcasting Systems.
225 Baker Street
The Georgia Aquarium is the world's largest aquarium. The statistics are impressive. More than 100,000 fish are displayed in five galleries and 60 habitats, in a building that is more than 500,000 square feet. One pool holds more than 6.2 million gallons of water. Two whale sharks, the world's largest fish, can be seen through acrylic walls two feet thick. What goes on behind the scenes is sometimes even more amazing, and can be seen in the behind the scenes tour, a must-see activity. Most impressive is that this complex is almost completely the creation of Bernard Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot, as a gift to the people of the city in which his company began. Talk about giving back.
10th and Piedmont Avenue (Midtown)
The Central Park of Atlanta. Situated in the heart of Midtown, Piedmont Park has playgrounds, fishing ponds, extensive jogging and bicycle paths, a tennis center, and playing fields that can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis online. It also hosts many outdoor events, including the popular Atlanta Jazz Festival in May, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in April (www.dogwood.org), and the Atlanta Pride Festival in June (www.atlantapride.org).
The Atlanta Botanical Garden
10th and Piedmont Avenue (Midtown)
The Garden occupies 30 acres of Piedmont Park's spread and includes one of the world's largest permanent orchid displays and carnivorous-plant collections. closed Mon
793 Juniper Street NE
This in restarurant and meeting place in Atlanta offers up Singaporean cuisine with influences of Chineses, Milay, Indian, Thai and Indonesian.
1198 Howell Mill Road
Anne Quatrano is the South’s leading chef, and Bacchanalia is the southern couture capital of Atlanta dining. The Zagat Guide has recognized this restaurant as Atlanta’s top restaurant for the last seven years. It is also listed in Gourmet Magazine’s Top 50 restaurants worldwide for 2006.
Atlanta Fish Market
265 Pharr Road, Northeast
Great fish and a great scene, both on a grand scale. The Atlanta Fish Market is one of the most popular restaurants in town.
South City Kitchen
1144 Crescent Avenue (Midtown)
Sophisticated southern cooking in contemporary midtown digs.
3455 Peachtree Road
Sleek decor with soaring ceilings describes this stylish, hip and sophisticated restaurant. New American cuisine with an Asian influence makes this an Atlanta hotspot.
3085 Piedmont Rd
The restaurant is absolutely stunning, with 16-foot solid marble columns weighing 55,000 pounds each, a ceiling lit by twinkling stars, a broken-plate wall mosaic, and a fountain cascading over a marble display of iced fresh whole fish. Fresh fish, char-grilled whole and served as a main course with a sauce of lemon and olive oil, is the keynote of this excellent upscale Greek restaurant.
Highland Avenue at Virginia Avenue
Virginia Highland is one of Atlanta's most popular areas for shopping and dining, just five minutes from downtown. From trendy boutiques and antique stores to sidewalk cafes, this is an enjoyable place to stroll and browse. It was developed in the early 1900s and is made up of five distinct commercial "villages" alternating with walkable blocks of charming homes.
Little 5 Points
Where Woodstock and the Sixties meet punk rockers. Streets are lined with vintage shops, bars and outdoor cafes. This is the place to go for the best Halloween costumes anywhere.
784-782 North Highland Avenue
Tel. 404.876.6055 (Men’s), 404.607.1171 (Women’s)
The latest in trendy fashions for men and women. Great accessories and clothing make this store a must visit for the fashion conscious.
Castleberry Hill Art District
Located in the historic neighborhood of Castleberry Hill, the Castleberry Hill Art District has rapidly ascended as Atlanta's premier neighborhood for visual artists and art galleries. The Art District came about in the late 1980s when artists began moving into the area and buying or renting vacant warehouse buildings left over from the early Atlanta railroad days. Galleries began opening in the 1990s, and by 2005 ten fine art galleries, plus restaurants and boutiques had taken permanent root along side the artist studios.
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Arts in Atlanta
Links to various Atlanta arts organizations.
259 Peters Street
This trendy pizza place and martini bar is open until 3:00 am on weekends. You’ll find a friendly crowd and good music in this new artsy district of Castleberry Hill.
Agatha's Dinner Theatre
161 Peachtree Center Avenue
Agatha's is a comedy, murder mystery dinner with audience participation. Original comedy, murder mystery shows are presented along with a five-course meal. Check the website for information about the current show.