Visiting Atlanta is like visiting an oversized small town; glittering skyscrapers, super highways and sprawling suburbs belie a magnetic Southern charm that’s hard to resist.
The Georgian state capital is an American story, a mesh of cultures among an enticing mix of tree-lined neighbourhoods. It’s home to world-class attractions, booming businesses, leading sports teams (with glitzy modern stadiums), cute panda cubs and herds of zombies (on screen at least).
Hop aboard the Atlanta streetcar to see the big sights. In the running for the hottest attraction in town, the fabulous Georgia Aquarium claims to house more creatures than any other aquarium. Right next door, a close contender for the sightseeing crown is the World of Coca-Cola.
Looking for a little action? The eastside trail in the revitalised Atlanta Beltline railway corridor is a hit with cyclists, rollerbladers and walkers. It passes by art installations, green spaces and Ponce City Market, a renovated landmark building that’s houses a trendy food hall and local designers. Hot on its heels is Krog Street Market, with jewellery, craft ale and funky eateries in a 1920s warehouse.
Meanwhile, if you want to snap a selfie with cuddly panda cubs, head on down to Zoo Atlanta. As for the Zombies, hitch a ride on a tour of The Walking Dead locations.
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