Atlanta Journals

Visiting Atlanta

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A travel journal to Atlanta by Steve S.

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Quote: The unofficial capitol of the South, Atlanta combines a rich blend of tourist activities, business and cultural opportunities, fine dining and great sports. A great place to visit or to live, Atlanta has something for everyone!

Visiting Atlanta

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Overview

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Atlanta truly has something for everyone. If you're a tourist visiting for the first time, a sporting event at one of Atlanta's major venues may be in order, or a trip to Six Flags or a tour of CNN Studios. If you live in the north Georgia area, you'll find wonderful opportunities from the world famous Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to travelling exhibits at the High Museum as well as stops by practically every major touring musical group. If food is what you crave, Atlanta offers some of the world's best restaurants and certainly some of the best meals you'll find anywhere in the South. Overall, Atlanta is not a destination, it is an experience. Visit for a weekend of live here for years and you wil...Read More

Hampton Inn Atlanta-Midtown

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Hotel | "Hampton Inn"

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Located in the heart of the city and across the interstate from Georgia Tech''s campus, this Hampton Inn location is a nice find for an affordable hotel room in the center of the city. Having stayed here a couple of times, I''ve found consistently that the rooms are clean and the service is great. The staff is knowledgeable about the surrounding area and the city in general and will go out of their way to help you get to or find out about anything that you''re interested in. If you''re traveling around the downtown area, the hotel is located about a block from a MARTA light rail station which will deliver you to just about any major downtown attraction. Also, the world famous Varsity restaurant is...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 12, 2001

Hampton Inn Atlanta-Midtown
1152 SPRING STREET
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
404 872-3234

Varsity

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Restaurant | "The Varsity"

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If the Statue of Liberty is synonymous with New York, The Varsity is Atlanta. Started as a neighborhood hangout across the interstate from Georgia Tech in downtown Atlanta, The Varsity has grown into a phenomenon. From the moment you walk in the doors, you'll notice several things. First, the lines are ALWAYS long, regardless of what time of the day you go and worst when there is a special event nearby. Secondly, the bulletin boards as you come in the front door showcase the numerous celebrities, including Presidents that have eaten there. Next, you're bound to recognize the rudeness of the wait staff taking orders as the endless of chant of "What'll ya have?" echoes through the 20-25 cash regist...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 12, 2001

Varsity
61 North Ave NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
+1 404 881 1706

Sun Dial Restaurant

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Restaurant

Sun Dial Restaurant Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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If you enjoy fine dining and fabulous views, the Sun Dial atop the Westin Hotel in downtown Atlanta is a sure fire favorite. The glass elevator ride to the top of Atlanta's tallest hotel is worth making the reservation here alone. A gorgeous view awaits you once you step off the elevator and into the restaurant. With glass walls from ceiling to floor and a restaurant that makes a complete revolution about once an hour. The menu is pricey, but the food is wonderful. The last time I visited, my meal included a house salad, a 23 ounce porterhouse steak that was so tender you could almost cut it with a fork served with mashed potatoes and French green beans. Dessert was their magnificent chocolate s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 11, 2001

Sun Dial Restaurant
210 Peachtree St Northwest
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
+1 404 589 7506

Maggiano's Little Italy

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Restaurant | "Maggianos"

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Looking for great Italian food at an affordable price? Maggianos is a chain restaurant with two locations in the greater Atlanta area alone. However, the trendy Buckhead location is perhaps the best restaurant of the two. The house specialty is called the family style dinner and requires a minimum of four people willing to try it. For $19.95 per person, you get a choice of two appetizers, two salads, two pastas, two entrees and two desserts. The best part? Each of your choices is bottomless; as long as you're hungry they will keep bringing out fresh plates of whatever you desire. Add a glass of the house chianti or a fine bottle of wine from Maggianos' wine cellar and you're sure to have one of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 11, 2001

Maggiano's Little Italy
3368 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 816-9650

Athens Pizza House

Restaurant | "Athens Pizza"

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The winner of Atlanta's best Greek restaurant, Athens Pizza is a family owned and Greek run pizza kitchen with the best Greek pizza I have ever had. Their specialty pizzas are incredible, with everything from salami, pepperoni, ground beef, and ham, to spinach and mushrooms. Not in the mood for pizza? Their gyros are excellent and everything on their menu is reasonably priced. The service is incredible. If you don't have time to stop in and eat, give 'em a call on your way home and stop in and pick up a pie or they deliver if you're in the area. If you're looking for a pizza alternative to the standard mass chain pizzerias, Athens Pizza is a wonderful, value oriented alternative.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 11, 2001

Athens Pizza House
5550 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Atlanta, Georgia 30341
(770) 452-8282

Ru San's

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Restaurant | "Ru Sans"

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If you like sushi and are on a budget, Ru Sans is a good choice. With a few locations around the city, the Midtown location is my favorite. Although you might arrive to find a line, the wait is worth it. Located on the second floor of a strip mall, as you enter the restaurant you'll see a full fledged sushi bar with a nice variety of choices tempting your eye and chefs that can do masterful things with their food. Ranging in price from $1 up, I like the California rolls as well as the traditional, clam, shrimp, and oyster sushi rolls. Their oriental fried rice is terrific and if you're comfortable with chop sticks, you'll fit right in here. If you're a beer lover, you'll find some brews th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 12, 2001

Ru San's
1529 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30324
+1 404 875 7042

City Cafe 3

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Restaurant | "City Cafe Diner"

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Our most recent excursion through Atlanta brought us to perhaps the most generically named restaurant I've ever come upon. The City Cafe Diner was billed as a Greek restaurant, but the menu options and decor would lead you to believe that it was, in fact, anything but a Greek restaurant. Think a 1950s bistro on steroids. The booths were pink, the walls mirrored, and red tables and chairs and blue neon make this restaurant almost garish to look at. However, the food was fantastic, and we were surprised to learn that the menu is so huge that even our waitress claimed to have not ever seen some of the items ordered. With over 200 items on a menu that apparently changes between lunch and d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2003

City Cafe 3
1905 Rockbridge Rd.
Atlanta, Georgia 30087
(770) 413-6010

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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Attraction

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If you're a classical music buff, you're probably familiar with the fact that the Atlanta Symphony is one of the world's top tier symphony orchestras. With concerts in Woodruff Arts Center in mid-town nearly every Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, you certainly won't be disappointed by the quality of the music or the selections performed. With a repertoire that ranges from Beethoven to Holst to Scriabin and everything in between, the symphony's technical proficiency is second only to their musicianship. Tickets are reasonably priced, starting at $19 and if you're a student with a current ID, you can get in on their "Student Rush" program for about $12-14 half hour before the concert begins. With...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 11, 2001

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
1280 Peachtree St
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
+1 404 733 5000

Atlanta Braves

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Attraction

Atlanta Braves Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Over the past decade, the Atlanta Braves baseball team has been one of the most dominating teams in Major League Baseball. Playing it's home games at Turner Field, the one time Olympic Stadium in Atlanta, the Braves offer a great family outing at a reasonable price. The easiest way to get to the ballpark is to take the Braves Shuttle, courtesty of MARTA that will deliver you to the ballpark and keep you from having to pay exorbitant parking rates anywhere near the stadium. The stadium itself is perhaps one of the finest in baseball today, with it's blend of old and new features. As you first enter the entry plaza beyond center field, take notice of the billboard sized photo of the ball that Hank A...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 12, 2001

Atlanta Braves
755 Hank Aaron Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30302
+1 404 249 6400; +1

Six Flags Over Georgia

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Attraction

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As you enter the parking lot, you'll notice the roller coasters dominating the park's skyline and as you walk towards the front entrance you'll pass within feet of a couple of them. After entering the entry plaza, hang a left towards the Georgia Scorcher, a stand up coaster that is fun and offers a very brief peek of the Atlanta skyline as you crest the first hill (on clear days). Continue on your way around the outside of the park to the Riddler and to Batman, which is a copy of the Batman rides at several other Six Flags parks. As you make your way around the back of the park, you'll find a couple of the water rides and then the Ninja, also a copy of a coaster found in other Six Flags parks. If ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 12, 2001

Six Flags Over Georgia
7561 Six Flags Parkway
Austell, Georgia 30168
+1 770 948 9290

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Mercer University's Atlanta campus can be easily located in the Chamblee-Dunwoody area of Atlanta, just north of the city and slightly inside the I-285 perimeter. The campus houses several schools including the Southern School of Pharmacy, the Mercer business school, the school of nursing, etc. When you visit you'll find a campus that initially is a bit disappointing and actually failry unappealing to the eye. Reminiscent of a small community college campus, Mercer's Atlanta branch would be an utter disappointment if it weren't for the quality of the academic programs and the friendliness of the people. Ranking in the top 30 in several of their graduate programs, you'll find an strong academic are...Read More