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Atlanta vacation in March

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A March 2002 trip to Atlanta by lyss710

Cafe Tu Tu Tango Photo, Atlanta, Georgia More Photos
Quote: We needed a break from the daily grind, so we drove 10 hours down to Atlanta to visit several friends living in and around the city.

Atlanta vacation in March

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Overview

Map of Atlanta Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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One of the best things to do in Atlanta is to drive around through the various neighborhoods in Atlanta - Ansley Park, Virginia Highlands, Morningside, Druid Hills, Decatur, etc. There are some beautiful (and rather pricey) homes and areas of unique shops. Tour (in car or on foot) one of the area universities, like Emory or Georgia Tech (or even drive out to Athens and tour UGA). The typical touristy destination like the World of Coca-Cola are available, and probably a good idea if you have young kids. You may also want to check out Zoo Atlanta. Another good option is visiting one of the numerous local parks and taking a walk (you can rent rollerblades and bikes at a shop at the southwe...Read More

The Grill

Restaurant | "The Grille (Athens)"

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The Grille is a typical college hangout - students grabbing a burger and fries while studying or just discussing the latest with their friends. The burgers are far from low fat, but are made at the restaurant and grilled to perfection. I had the mushroom swiss burger with sauteed onions, and it was wonderful. Plenty of mushrooms and onions over a slice of swiss and two grilled beef patties. Yum. They have hand cut steak fries which are delicious, and also mouth-watering roasted garlic mashed potatoes and gravy. Their grilled chicken sandwich is a good option if you want to cut the fat, and they have limited number of vegetarian options. Overall, it's an excellent meal for less than $8 a head, i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2002

The Grill
171 College Ave
Atlanta, Georgia 30601
(706) 543-4770

Cafe Tu Tu Tango

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Restaurant

Cafe Tu Tu Tango Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Cafe Tu Tu Tango is a tapas bar. The restaurant walls are covered in original art, all of which is for sale. There are artist stations near the door and upstairs where you can watch artists paint while you wait for a table or wait for your food. The restaurant also gives free tarot readings if you are into that, and there are "spontaneous entertainment" performances when space permits - such as a tango performance, african drummers, a belly dancer or even occassionally a fire eater. We came on a Monday night and waited about 10 minutes for a table. The best way to kill time while you wait is to sit at the bar with some sangria. Also, if you are waiting at the bar, ask to see a menu - you can b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2002

Cafe Tu Tu Tango
220 Pharr Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
+1 404 841 6222

Crescent Moon

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Restaurant

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Crescent Moon has the best breakfast in Decatur. I won't go so far as to say it's the best breakfast in all of Atlanta, because there is much to be said about the Flying Biscuit as well, but let's say it's a close race between these two. We went to the Crescent Moon for Sunday brunch, and were seated fairly quickly -in about 15-20 minutes. Sunday brunch is one of the restaurant's busiest times. They do have a nice "waiting room" in the back with coffee and a limited number of seats. If it weren't for the back room, you'd be waiting outside. The tables pack together fairly closely. Service is fast and friendly. "The Heap" is a standard favorite here - seasoned hash brown potatoes to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2002

Crescent Moon
174 West Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, Georgia 30030
+1 404 377 5623

Varsity

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Restaurant | "The Varsity"

Varsity Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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The Varsity Drive-In has been an Atlanta staple for 75 years. Established in 1928, the Varsity is the world's largest drive-in. On days of Georgia Tech football games, up to 30,000 people can be known to visit the restaurant in one day, so plan accordingly! It sells more than two miles of hot dogs, a ton of onion rings and 300 gallons of chili daily. If you go at peak lunch hour, be ready for a brisk "what'll ya have" as soon as the person in front of you steps out of the way. The counter staff don't have time for people who take 5 minutes to decide what they want, so think about it while you wait and be ready to order when you hit the counter. If you like time to decide, go at an off-peak time ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2002

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

University of Georgia

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Attraction | "University of Georgia Campus"

University of Georgia Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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A trip out to the UGA campus is a great short road trip for an afternoon. About an hour outside of Atlanta to the northeast, Athens is a wonderful college town. The university of Georgia owns a majority of Clark county - almost 4,500 acres, and another 40,000 acres throughout the rest of the state. North campus is the historic old campus - severak of the buildings were built in the early 19th century, including the University Chapel and Phi Kappa Hall. South campus is the modern campus, which according to our friends who went there means it is the ugly part of campus. (For the record, I didn't think the south campus was as bad as they said it was, though North campus is definitely prettier). ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2002

University of Georgia
Athens
Atlanta, Georgia 30601
(706) 542-3000

Jimmy Carter Presidential Center and Library

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Attraction | "Carter Presidential Center"

Jimmy Carter Presidential Center and Library Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Admission is $5.00. The Carter Presidential Center houses the Jimmy Carter Museum and Library. To truly enjoy the museum, you probably have to be somewhat interested in American and Presidential history. If you're not, I'd skip the Carter Center. Personally, I'm a pretty big history buff, and I really enjoyed the museum. The museum has a recreation of the Oval Office as it looked during Jimmy Carter's presidency, and exhibits and memorabilia from his days in office and his major policies and issues, from human rights concerns to establishing a formal relationship with mainland China to skyrocketing gas prices to the Iran hostage crisis. There are also pictures and a history of his childhood a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 15, 2002

Jimmy Carter Presidential Center and Library
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
+1 404 331 3942

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

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Attraction

Fernbank Museum of Natural History Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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The Fernbank museum is only about 1/4 mile from our friend's townhouse, so this was something close and fun to do while they were at work one day. The IMAX theater is a newer style - just a big screen in front of you, not the whole overhead dome like in the older IMAXs. The feeling is the same, but personally I prefer the domes. We saw an interesting but not spectacular show on "The Lost World" - mountains in Southern Venezuela. I enjoyed the show particularly because they didn't mount a camera on the bottom of a plane or helicopter and go zig-zagging all over the place. Most IMAX shows tend to make me motion sick if I don't close my eyes at least a few times. Aside from the IMAX, the most in...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 14, 2002

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
+1 404.929.6300; +1

New World of Coca-Cola

Attraction | "The World of Coca-Cola"

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The World of Coca-Cola is the quintessential "Tourist" thing to do in Atlanta. For the price of $6 per adult, you can view the "history" of Coca-Cola. You get a thorough overview of how Coca-Cola was made and distributed and how consuption has grown. Lots of Coca-Cola memorabilia - the old signs advertising Coke for 5 cents, bottling machines from the 1940s, etc. There's a brief blurb about "new Coke" (remember that?) with a positive spin about how consumers "remained loyal" to Coca-Cola Classic. (In other words, new Coke was a flop.) Overall, I didn't feel the museum was worth the $6 admission price. However, every kid will want to visit this place, because for your $6 admission (less for ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 14, 2002

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