What is the best way to see Atlanta in one day?

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Sarah Gleim

Navigating Atlanta's notorious traffic isn't alway easy, so if there are a few attractions you know you want to see, stay as close them as possible to make the most of your day. We suggest staying near the Luckie Marietta District where you'll have access to several of the city's best attractions all within walking distance.

First, make a reservation at the Georgia Aquarium where you'll be wowed by the thousands of sea creatures that call it home. (It can get crowded during peak times, so just keep that in mind.) Just next door is Centennial Olympic Park, which commemorates the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. You can check out the Fountain of Rings or just relax in the massive lawn before you head over to either one of two stops: the World of Coca-Cola or the CNN Studio Tours. You won't have time to do both so just decide which one better suits your tastes.

The World of Coca-Cola includes a 4-D theater, Coca-Cola memorabilia throughout the soda's history, a pop culture gallery and the Taste It! room where you can sample several different Coca-Cola products from around the globe. The CNN Studio Tour takes you behind the scenes of the newsroom, shows you how the weather's "green screen" works and gives you a complete look at CNN center. Reservations are required for both, so check out their websites for more information.

Of course, if you still have time (and we're not sure you will) you’d be remiss not to visit either the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site or the Carter Center and Jimmy Carter Library. Both are short drives from the Luckie Marietta District, but they're worth the visit if you have time.

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