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Atlanta Tourism: Best of Atlanta
Atlanta has been dubbed everything from the "capital of the new South" and "the next international city" to "the best place to do business." It's also a great place to visit. Fueled by the prosperity of local mega companies like Coca Cola and Holiday Inn, the prestige of hosting the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and the energy of young upwardly mobile types who have migrated to the city in droves - Atlanta is on fire. And this time it's a good thing. From world-class restaurants and a myriad of cultural attractions to a hip nightlife and sporting events galore, the city is cosmopolitan in every sense of the word. But Atlanta has also managed to maintain its historic character. Stop by the Atlanta History Centre or visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site, a moving tribute to an American icon. Browse through the former home of famous author Margaret Mitchell or pop into the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum for details on the life and times of the former president and his family. Whether you choose modern urban endeavors or old southern pleasures, Atlanta will not disappoint.
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Atlanta Camping Done Right
Got camping on your mind? Atlanta is surrounded by three phenomenal state parks with options for camping and glamping (for folks who need a tad more comfort). My guide even covers quirky roadside attractions, hidden food finds, and a mix of outdoor adventure. Go forth, friends, and enjoy nature.
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- Fresh Air Bar-B-Que224Fresh Air Barbecue has aged well since it opened in 1929. As the oldest pit-cooked barbecue in Georgia, Fresh Air is a state institution serving up the best in barbecue and a legendary Brunswick Stew.
- Buckner's Family Restaurant360Buckner’s Family Restaurant takes the cake—erm, peach cobbler—for country cooking. Fried chicken, cornbread, and greens; does it get better than that?
- Old Car City71If you’re the type that loves the spooky vibe of junkyards where old cars go to die, you’ll be in heaven at Old Car City. Definitely bring your camera to capture that time gone by.
- High Falls State Park299Do go chasing waterfalls at High Falls State Park. Campgrounds and yurts make it easy for fishing enthusiasts to enjoy this outdoor Georgian mecca.
- Etowah Indian Mounds State Park227The Etowah Mounds State Historic Site is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast. Take time to explore six earthen mounds from a community and culture that called this part of Georgia home between 1000 and 1550 AD.
- Cauble Park73Ready for more lake action? Make your way to Cauble Park for a sandy beach and lakeside swimming. Set on Lake Acworth, it’s serving up the ultimate lake day experience from dawn to dusk.
- Henry's Louisiana Grill1,224After a day spent hitting the trails at Red Top Mountain, clean yourself up real nice and head to Henry’s Louisiana Grill for some bayou favorites. Discover joie de vivre (the joy of living) through their most tasteful delicacies—jambalaya and boudin balls.
- Red Top Mountain State Park355You can’t beat the trifecta of outdoor recreation at this state park: a lake with a beach, 15-miles of hiking trails, and camping. If you’re feeling fancy, book a stay in the lakeside yurt.
- Stone Mountain Public House42Crepes and a glass of wine? Yes, please. Stone Mountain Public House is doing romantic kitschy dining right, and they welcome all with diverse food options for vegans and gluten-free eaters alike.
- BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir167You may spot a lot of marvelous things while camping—rare birds, shooting stars, waterfalls—but what about an enormous white stone Hindu temple? Little ol’ Liliburn, Georgia has just that in the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. You don’t need to know much about architecture or Hinduism to fall hard for this glorious gem.
- Taqueria Los Hermanos217If you can overlook Taqueria Los Hermanos’ shopping-center location, you’ll be met with the best darn street tacos, asada, and tres leches cake. Portions are hefty— come hungry.
- Stone Mountain Covered Bridge41Stone Mountain Covered Bridge is as cute as a Georgian peach. Pack a picnic and enjoy one of the last remaining structures created and constructed by Washington W. King, a prominent African American businessman in the late 1800s.
- Stone Mountain Park5,046With golf courses, a dinosaur exhibit, a train ride, and campgrounds, Stone Mountain Park is the equivalent of an outdoor amusement park. Hop on the Summit Skyride, a Swiss cable car, and enjoy views as far as the Atlanta skyline.