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You can hit Atlanta highlights in two days, without hitting the floor from exhaustion.
For day one, head to the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta, the largest aquarium in the world. After your underwater adventure, take a few steps over to the World of Coca-Cola. Capture all the memorabilia, as well as the bubbly beverage world that greets you at the end of the tour. Sample away.
After tasting the Cokes of the world, swing through another global phenomenon. Centennial Olympic Park commemorates the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games held in Atlanta. Watch people from all over the world skip through the Fountain of Rings. The park enjoys live music throughout the day during most of the year.
Steps away, find the CNN Studio Tours. Get the inside scoop on the newsroom that gives you the inside scoop. See how news magic is made. Check out the website for reservations.
Call it a day and head to the Sun Dial Restaurant Bar and View for a 360-degree view of the city. Slow down and chow down.
Day two isn’t just for history buffs. It’s for anyone who wants to pay tribute to important American historical and political figures. Head to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, home to King’s birthplace, Ebenezer Baptist Church and his crypt. The visitor center can help you make sure not to miss any highlights and get you started on taking the Carter-King Peace Trail (about one-and-a-half miles by foot or bike) to get to the Jimmy Carter Library and Carter Center. Honor this second Nobel Peace Prize winner (it’s on display, too, among other treasures, such as a rug from the Shah of Iran).
After a long walk and some political history, you deserve a feast at nearby Vortex, a famed and funky biker burger joint - known for its brash political incorrectness. If you don’t eat meat, stick it to ’em and order its delicious veggie or black bean burger. There are lots of other eateries nearby for a more kid-friendly atmosphere.
Spend your final afternoon taking in the High Museum of Art. The sleek, white modern structure on Peachtree houses both classic and contemporary art. One of Atlanta’s cultural giants, the world-renowned museum gives you a glimpse of pieces from all over the globe. If art isn’t your deal, spend your afternoon hiking in Stone Mountain.
Wind down your trip at Canoe, a riverside restaurant in the Paces neighborhood that’s worth the drive. The restaurant is nestled along the banks of the Chattahoochee and serves up high-end Southern-style cuisine. Great for dinner and famous for brunch, you can start off your day at Canoe and take our travel tips in reverse, too