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Atlanta is the face of the New South but with the elegance and charm of the Old World. This city precariously balances modernism with southern traditions. With more than 5 million residents in its metro area, Atlanta is known for its peach trees and its sweet tea.

What makes Atlanta an inspirational city is its resilience. Having been burnt to ground, endured the pains of floods, droughts and war, it has managed to bounce right back up with a grace rarely found in any other city in the country.

Today Atlanta has the busiest airport in the world, three spectacular skylines and has emerged as the leader of the South. It has been the centre of the civil rights movement and is just as attractive a location for tourists as any other.

Downtown Atlanta is the most commercial and central area of the city and is home to a number of attractions like Coca Cola's New World, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Centre, City Hall and the State Capitol. Midtown is a major residential and business area with its vibrant nightlife and skyscrapers. It also has the Georgia Tech Centre, Woodruff Arts Centre and the Piedmont Park.

Another popular district for nightlife and business is Buckhead, surrounded by the Governor's Mansion, Lindbergh Centre, Peachtree Battle and Brookwood Hills.

Over the years Atlanta has managed to expand vertically as well as horizontally into its many suburbs. However, while there is a lot of modernization, the city is still beautiful with elegant homes, tree lined streets and distinct neighbourhoods that retain the charm of smaller American towns.

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Atlanta holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road
What is it? Set in nine hectares (23 acres) of beautiful gardens, the Atlanta History Center is the ideal place to soak up some Georgian history. The main attractions are two historic homes, open to the public offering informative guided tours. The Tullie Smith House originally stood outside the city limits but has been relocated to the History Center, along with its outbuildings. The house was built in the 1840s and survived the near-total destruction of Atlanta in 1864 when General William Sherman burned almost every business and more than two thirds of the city's homes during his infamous 'March to the Sea'. It was once the home of yeoman farmer Robert Smith and his family, who owned 11 slaves and farmed on about 324 hectares (800 acres). The farmhouse is typical of most in Georgia at the time, despite popular belief that not all Georgians owned large plantations and mansions. The Swan House, built in 1928, is a grand Italianate mansion that is an Atlanta landmark, once the home of Edward and Emily Inman, heirs to a cotton brokerage fortune. The History Center also features several other historic buildings and exhibitions. Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday 10am to 5.30pm; Sundays 12pm to 5.30pm Phone:(404) 814 4000



2. Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site
450 Auburn Avenue
What is it? In January 1929 a baby boy was born in an upstairs bedroom of a house in Atlanta. Today the Victorian house is the centre of a protected site dedicated to the memory of that baby, Martin Luther King, who grew up to become America's Nobel prize-winning Civil Rights leader. A half-mile stretch of Auburn Avenue, including King's birth home, the Ebenezer Baptist Church where he preached, and the memorial tomb at the King Center where he is buried, has been designated a historic site, drawing hundreds of visitors every day. The exhibits contained within provide insight into the life and times of this much-revered man. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 5pm (6pm during summer) Phone:(404) 331 5190 or 331 6922 for recorded information



3. World Of Coca-Cola
55 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
What is it? In 1886 Jacob's Pharmacy, a small drugstore in Atlanta, began selling a new headache and hangover tonic called 'Coca-Cola'. In 1891, entrepreneur Asa Candler paid $2,300 to acquire the rights of what is now the world's most valuable brand. The following year he founded the Coca-Cola Company. The five-storey multi-million Dollar pavilion is more than just a museum dedicated to Coca-Cola; it is an entire soft-drink experience. Thousands of Coke objects, trivia and memorabilia are contained among the interactive exhibits in this building, backed up by commercials, radio jingles, 3-D screen shows in stereo and plenty of neon lighting. Visitors can enjoy a two-hour tour on the 114-year history of Coke, culminating in a satisfying tasting session. Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm (until 6pm from June to August), Sundays 11am to 5pm Phone:(404) 676 5151



Atlanta holidays - Top Events


1. Inman Park Spring Festival

From 2007-04-27

To 2007-04-29

What is it? Spring is certainly sprung with great gusto in historic Inman Park each year. The neighbourhood, located just to the east of downtown Atlanta, was one of America's first garden suburbs and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Every year the locals enthusiastically put on a festival during the last weekend in April, delighting spectators with a colourful parade of floats, marching bands, entertainers and all manner of quirky participants. The festival also includes a huge street market and the 'Tour of Homes', when locals open up their homes ranging from Victorian bungalows to modern lofts, to the public. There is also live entertainment in many guises, from ballet to rock, and a host of activities like pony rides and rock climbing. The festival hotline is +1 770 2424895. Where is it? Inman Park, Euclid Avenue



2. The Southeastern Flower Show

From 2007-02-07

To 2007-02-11

What is it? The south is renowned for its gardens, and the Southeastern Flower Show held in aid of the Atlanta Botanical Garden for the past 16 years has become a five day floral extravaganza, eagerly awaited by gardeners, both professional and amateur. The show provides many activities and experiences, from talks by experts to acres of magnificent landscaped gardens, unique plant exhibits and a bookstore and flower shop. Where is it? Georgia World Congress Center, International Boulevard



3. Music Midtown Festival



What is it? In the past decade Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival has kept its pledge of providing an annual affordable and varied musical experience for the masses; close to 300,000 people now pack into the huge festival grounds in central Atlanta over the three-day festival period to hear noted performers like Joe Cocker and Bob Dylan do their thing on one of the ten performance stages. Along with plenty of food and drink, the event is the city's biggest party. Where is it? Ralph McGill and Pine streets (from Piedmont Avenue to Bedford Place)



4. Atlanta Jazz Festival

From 2007-05-01

To 2007-05-31

What is it? The annual Jazz Festival is a 31-day series of events featuring internationally celebrated jazz artists, which has included the likes of Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Hugh Masekela and Dr John. It claims to be the nation's largest free jazz festival, with jazz playing throughout the city at restaurants, clubs, museums, parks, churches and department stores, with a special focus on the 3-day festival of performances in Piedmont Park at the end of the month over the Memorial Day weekend. Where is it? Piedmont Park and venues around the city



5. The US Masters

From 2007-04-02

To 2007-04-08

What is it? The US Masters Tournament (referred to simply as The Masters) is one of golf's four major championships. Unlike the other three 'majors,' the Open, The US Open and the PGA Championship, this tournament is held at the same venue each year, the Augusta National Golf Club. The Masters was begun in 1934 by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, two amateur golfers who wanted to provide a service to the sport by creating the Augusta National Invitation Tournament. It was only in 1939 that the tournament became referred to as The Masters Tournament. Augusta National Golf Cub is equidistant from Atlanta and Savannah. Where is it? Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta




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