by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
Atlanta may not have iconic tourist attractions like Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco or the Statue of Liberty in New York, but never fear, incoming travelers, we've got five classic options that are not only entertaining, but are also truly unique to the capital of the South. From soaking up MLK history to our most recent splash (the Georgia Aquarium, pictured), here are our top five things tourists should do in Atlanta.
Updated: June 24, 2010
There is no more iconic company associated with the city of Atlanta than Coca-Cola. The sweet elixir was invented here, and the company still operate its worldwide headquarters out of Atlanta. The World of Coca-Cola gives visitors its history and allows them to sample weird (and sometimes gross) flavors of Coke from other countries. A win-win! Adult $15, senior $13, children (3-12) $10.
It's the station the world turns to for news, and it's been a centerpiece of Downtown tourism for decades. The brainchild of media mogul Ted Turner is still headquartered in Atlanta; tours of the studio give viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how news gets delivered and even allow for reading the news on a mock set. Adult $15, senior $12, student $11, children (4-12) $10.
The world's largest drive-in, 'the V? delivers retro fast food with a shout-happy ordering system, car-hops and their own colorful language (bag-o-rags, naked dog anyone?). And nothing goes better with the classic chili dogs than enjoying Braves baseball game in the summer or Tech football game in the fall.
Shaped like a giant ark and boasting the "world's largest aquarium" tag, this massive nautical exhibit is one of Atlanta's newest and most memorable sights to see. While there's a 4D theater and cool creatures like Japanese spider crabs, don't miss the underwater spectator tunnel, which allows aquarium-goers to see whale sharks and stingrays from a diver's point of view. Adult $26, senior $21.50, children $19.50.
Though Martin Luther King Jr. is an international icon, Atlanta has never forget that he called the city home. The King Center allows for a glimpse into his life and impact on the world. Travel this half-mile stretch of Auburn Avenue to the house where he grew up, the church where he preached and take in the chilling exhibits at the visitor's center. And in the name of being good to society, admission is free.