Atlanta Journals

Heart of the Peachtree State

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A March 2005 trip to Atlanta by travellingdave

Hooters Photo, Atlanta, Georgia More Photos
Quote: Visiting the sights and sounds of Atlanta, Georgia, including the Centennial Olympic Park, Martin Luther King National Historic Site, and CNN Center.

Heart of the Peachtree State

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Overview

CNN Studio Tour Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta is a city very rare among its peers. It's classy, elegant, but not a show-off, and has just enough to see and do to entice the appetite for more. In my opinion, Atlanta is one of the best cities of the United States for these reasons and more. It's an unpretentious city that shows true Southern charm, without ever being asked to. It has a genuineness about it that other cities either don't have or don't want to have.My favorite places in Atlanta are the fun, hip World of Coca-Cola - any soda fan's dream, the classy Georgia State Capitol, the somber-yet-positive Martin Luther King National Historic Site, and the jaw-dropping Centennial Olympic Park. Atlanta has more to d...Read More
Super 8 Atlanta Downtown World Congress Center Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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This excellent budget hotel is centrally located in downtown Atlanta, minutes away by foot to the CNN Center, Centennial Olympic Park, Peachtree Street Shopping, the MARTA subway system, and the World of Coca-Cola. It is located in a safe area of downtown, surrounded by restaurants, offices, and businesses.While this hotel may not have the amenities you may be used to in a downtown hotel, it has location, location, location on its side. You are literally in the best place in Atlanta, right in the center of action, minutes from everything! You can get your coat on, head for dinner on Peachtree, have a leisurely walk in the Centennial Olympic Park, and dessert at the nearby Landmark Diner, a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2007

Super 8 Atlanta Downtown World Congress Center
111 Cone Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 524-7000

Quality Hotel Downtown

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Hotel

Quality Hotel Downtown Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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This moderately-priced downtown Atlanta hotel is minutes from all major attractions. Guests can easily walk to such sights as the CNN Center, The World of Coca-Cola, the Centennial Olympic Park, Peachtree Street, and Atlanta Underground. It is located just a few minutes’ walk from the Five Points metro station for easy access to the Atlanta International Airport, Buckhead, and other distant sights.While walking up to the hotel, with its well-manicured greenspace and brick tiling outside, under its massive canopy and into the lobby, I felt very happy to be in Atlanta. The hotel really exudes the charm and ambience you would expect when visiting this marvelous Southern city.I was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2007

Quality Hotel Downtown
89 Luckie Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 524-7991

Omni Hotel at CNN Center

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Hotel

Omni Hotel at CNN Center Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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This is perhaps the best-known hotel in Atlanta, right beside CNN studios in Atlanta, home to every guest CNN has on the air, including political dignitaries. I was lucky enough to snag this $200 per night hotel for $70 on Priceline.com by placing a bid. Amazingly, that bid was accepted, and I was on my way to Spring Break in a rainy Atlanta.Upon arrival, the very well-to-do clientele clearly wondered why a not-so-well-to-do client was entering the hotel, unshaven and dressed like he's going to a bar. I confidently approached the counter and checked into my room. As is customary when someone deemed "unimportant" checks in to a luxury hotel, I was given one of the worst rooms in the house, near...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2007

Omni Hotel at CNN Center
100 CNN Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 659-0000

Hooters

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Restaurant

Hooters Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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This uniquely American establishment is one of the United States' fastest growing and most popular burger bars and late-night hangouts. The food here is quirky, or as they say "delightfully tacky." Meal names are creative and unique, with a youthful buzz. The fare is not very impressive, though, consisting of mainly burger dishes, appetizers, and pizza. Buffalo wings are a pricey commodity in this restaurant, at around $10 per dozen, although they are one of the restaurant’s main specialties. The restaurant also offers steak, chicken, and some Mexican dishes like fajitas. There is a full bar with daily drink specials, some of which are quite inexpensive. Located in downtown Atl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 3, 2007

Hooters
209 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 522-9464

Landmark Diner

Restaurant

Landmark Diner Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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This 24-hour Atlanta institution is a beloved treasure of locals and visitors alike. Located downtown near the Quality Hotel and Peachtree Street, this classic '60s style diner serves up some of the best diner fare in very cozy, admirable surroundings.I instantly felt transported to the 1960s upon entering the steel framed doors of this classy establishment. I took a seat and ordered off of their extensive menu featuring homemade, down-to-earth favorites like meatloaf, fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, flapjacks, pot roast, and the classic hamburger. There were also a few oddities on the menu, like Greek spanikopita.The food is admittedly very expensive - unlike other diners l...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2007

Landmark Diner
3652 Roswell Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
+1 404 816 9090

Prime Meridian Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Prime Meridian"

Prime Meridian Restaurant Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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One of Atlanta's premier restaurants, located in the belly of the prestigious Omni Hotel at CNN Center, the Prime Meridian opens its doors to locals and visitors to experience fine dining, southern style, at its best. The menu is wide and varied, with prices being less at lunch than at dinner. To have an excellent meal, and not break the bank, consider visiting during the excellent lunch buffet, where you also have the option to order a la carte.Evening starters include the luxurious crab meat and avocado salad, Caesar salad with fresh Parmigianino cheese, and seafood gumbo. After whetting your appetite, dig into one of their excellent entrées, which include everything from Savannah-style ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2007

Prime Meridian Restaurant
Omni Hotel at CNN Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30335
(404) 818-4450

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

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Restaurant

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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This downtown Atlanta steakhouse backs onto the Centennial Olympic Park, frequented by suit-clad businessmen scoring their next big deal. It’s hopelessly upscale for budget travelers, so keep that in mind.After returning from a month in South America, I was hungry for some good American food, so I stumbled into this modest-looking restaurant hoping to get a decent steak dinner. "$25 at most", I thought, as I guessed the price of the meal. Boy was I wrong.When I entered, a very beautiful waitress in nice formal wear showed me to my table, a candlelit booth near the entrance. The lighting in the restaurant is very candle-lit, and I doubt they ever turn the lights on. Even in the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 8, 2007

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
5788 Roswell Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30328
(404) 255-0035

Underground Atlanta

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Attraction | "Underground Atlanta Food Court"

Underground Atlanta Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta Underground has a decent food court with all your favorites. It's of quite a decent size and is a great place to relax if you've been shopping and exploring the Underground. With wide, spacious tables, some good lighting, and the air kept relatively cool on a hot summer day, it’s quite a pleasant place to be.My favorites here include the Cajun Grill as well as the Chinese fast food place, Lotus Express. There are dozens of choices to suit your tastes and your budget. The food is generally very good and tasty, and won’t break your budget, with most entrees costing less than $5 per head.Don't miss the fresh Georgia peach iced tea on offer at many of the establishments. Fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2007

Underground Atlanta
50 Upper Alabama St.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 523-2311

CNN Studio Tour

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Attraction

CNN Studio Tour Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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One of Atlanta's premier attractions is the wonderful CNN Studio Tour. On my third visit to Atlanta, I gave this previously ignored attraction a chance. Since I was staying at the Omni Hotel in CNN Center, I didn't have to travel far to join the tour in the morning. The friendly, joyful staff greeted a group of about 30 of us and led us into the heart of the studios.The tour brought us full circle around the studio, showing us where each program is created from step to step. The wire room was shown, where the reporters first learn of stories. We then viewed the studio itself, where news anchors sat and reported the news live on screen. However, we were on a hidden platform abov...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2007

CNN Studio Tour
190 Marietta Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 827-2300

New World of Coca-Cola

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Attraction | "World of Coca Cola"

New World of Coca-Cola Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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It is a little-known fact that Atlanta, Georgia is home to the Coca-Cola Corporation, the World's largest soft drink brand, in hundreds of countries.One neat exhibit in Atlanta is not the Coke Headquarters, but the World of Coca-Cola, the World's first museum dedicated to the brown, syrupy, fizzy liquid. When I learned this, I immediately added it onto my itinerary, after all, who doesn't love Coke?I headed to the fun neighbourhood of Atlanta Underground (but above ground) and met eyes with the fun, hip museum. I entered, paid my $7 entrance fee (using widely available discount coupons - ask any hotel), and started my self-guided tour.First, you'll find yourself fac...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2007

New World of Coca-Cola
121 Baker Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
(404) 676-5151

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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The Martin Luther King National Historic Site is of premier importance to every human being, the turning point of race relations in America. It was here that Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. was born, worked, raised, went to church, and is buried.It was here, at this small church, where he preached. The Ebenezer Baptist Church is a church no more, but the talented folks at the National Parks Service have preserved its memory and its structure, maintaining it for future generations.There is no fee to visit the Historic Site. Take a self-guided tour around the church. You will visit King's private study as well as the church sanctuary. Take a few moments to reflect while in the san...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2007

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
450 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
(404) 331-5190

Georgia State Capitol

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Attraction

Georgia State Capitol Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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The Georgia State Capitol is ideally located in downtown Atlanta, 5-minute walk from the Atlanta Underground mall. This city has so much to see and do, you may not want to waste your time on such an ordinary, stereotypically "boring" sight, but don't fret - it's better than it sounds!As you approach the State Capitol from downtown, you will notice its signature gold dome. Some very good photos of the Capitol with its dome can be taken at the street corners, although it is a hard Capitol to photograph.The State Capitol is the center of government of Georgia, for those who may not know. It is one of the few State Capitols listed on the register of National Historic Places!Begin y...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 5, 2007

Georgia State Capitol
Capitol Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 656-2844

Zoo Atlanta

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Attraction

Zoo Atlanta Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Opened in 1889, Zoo Atlanta is the largest and oldest zoo of its kind in Georgia, and home to hundreds of amazing animals, including the Giant Panda. Over a million people visit the zoo every year. It is located in south-central Atlanta, in Grant Park, easily accessible from downtown Atlanta by regular bus service to and from the Five Points station. Zoo Atlanta is served by MARTA bus route 97. This is the A to Z (Aquarium to Zoo) bus line. Buses run from 9am to 5pm on weekdays, so don't be out too late.The zoo lies on 40 acres of land, making it a very large place. When you arrive, pay the $17.99 entry fee and pick up your free map to get orientated with the area. If you have time and wan...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2007

Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30315
(404) 624-5600

Centennial Olympic Park

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Attraction

Centennial Olympic Park Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Centennial Olympic Park is perhaps Atlanta's best-known landmark. At least since 1996, that is. The park was built that year to commemmorate the 1996 Summer Olympics which were held here in Atlanta, the 100th Olympic games ever, hence the Centennial.The sprawling park is located west of downtown, between downtown Atlanta and the World Congress Center. It's 21 acres are home to a vast array of sights and sounds. The key feature of this park is the Fountain of Rings, which involve the Olympic anthem playing on repeat, while the visitor is dazzled by an impressive lights and water show, in the shape of the Olympic rings. This part of the park will be closed from November 2006 to M...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2007

Centennial Olympic Park
285 International Blvd NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
(404) 222-7275

Underground Atlanta

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Attraction

Underground Atlanta Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta's quirkiest shopping center is the one the city sits upon - Underground Atlanta. Like other underground malls in other cities (Montreal comes to mind), Underground Atlanta is the place to be to get away from the crowds and let your shopping habits go wild. Located in the Five Points neighborhood of downtown Atlanta, it’s a close, convenient choice to spend your afternoon at. Kids love the idea of a shopping mall under the ground, so bring them along!While much smaller than its Montreal counterpart, Underground Atlanta still has its share of things to see and do. Built under the viaducts of the city, Underground Atlanta hosts many unique shops and services. Many of the stores are ho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2007

Underground Atlanta
50 Upper Alabama St.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 523-2311

Downtown Atlanta

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Peachtree Center Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta is one of the USA's most scenic cities, and its downtown is as unique as the heart of Georgia. Spend an afternoon walking around this amazing city's downtown core and you will not be disappointed, as there is history around every corner.Begin your self-guided walking tour at Underground Atlanta in the Five Points neighbourhood, one of the most exciting places in the city. This underground mall is home to dozens of shops and services. Pick up a Georgia peach iced tea here from the food court to cool off during your walk. From Underground Atlanta, proceed south on Central Avenue to the massive World of Coca Cola Museum. Visit this excellent museum, then walk east on Martin Luther Kin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 8, 2007