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Atlanta, Georgia

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Atlanta, where fine dining, shopping and rich history combine with unique attractions to create a city with southern charm and world-class sophistication. There are more than 50 fun things to do in Atlanta ranging from professional sports, theatres, museums, theme parks, nightlife, outdoor sports and many, many festivals throughout the city. The Peachtree Road race every July 4th attracts over 60,000 runners each year.

With a passenger terminal complex equivalent to more than 45 football fields, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest passenger airport and within a 2-hour flight of 83 percent of U.S. cities.

Atlanta is the only city in North America destroyed by a fire as an act of war. Following the city's surrender to General Sherman in the American Civil War of 1864, only 400 structures remained standing. Today, the city's symbol is the Phoenix, a legendary bird of Egyptian mythology that rose from its own ashes with renewed strength and beauty.

Downtown Atlanta's walk-able attractions loop is where you can see the World of Coca Cola, where the product was invented in 1886, the Georgia Aquarium, Inside CNN Atlanta and Imagine It, the Children's Museum of Atlanta, all circling Centennial Olympic Park! The rotating Sun Dial Restaurant and Bar atop the cylindrical Westin Peachtree Plaza in Downtown Atlanta provides a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city and surrounding area while enjoying delicious cuisine.

Atlanta attractions will help you get back to nature at Zoo Atlanta, Fernbank Museum of Natural History and Stone Mountain Park. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum celebrate the lives of two Nobel Peace Prize Winners from Atlanta.

To help keep you from getting lost, you need to know that Atlanta has 65 streets with the word "Peachtree" in it. Many of Atlanta's corridors follow the paths created by the Creek and Cherokee Indian nations who inhabited the area until the early 19th Century. A large Creek settlement was called Standing Pitch Tree after a tall lone tree. Over time, the "pitch tree" became "peach tree."

If you are really energetic, you can ride your bike from Atlanta to Alabama via the Silver comet trail, a recreational path that begins in Smyrna and runs all the way across the Alabama border.

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