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Atlanta is the city of the passion and desire with several breathtaking sights. Selected as the location of the shooting of 2018's Black Panther, its natives, including the rapper Killer Mike also call it Wakanda. The Peach State, Georgia combines everything that makes the South so attractive with fascinating landscapes from the mountains of the Appalachian Mountains to the dreamy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.

It has very warm hospitality, lots of history. Among the best places to visit in USA, in Georgia, you will find everything in one state. The name Atlanta brings to mind an active cosmopolitan city home to Coca-Cola, CNN and Gone with the Wind. But let the big city not deceive you. There are hundreds of exciting outdoor adventures and picturesque treasures in the villages a few hours away by car from the metropolitan area.

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If you are someone who is visiting this land of great historical importance for the first time, below are some things to do in Atlanta that can make your trip to USA mesmerizing from Day One.

1. Begin your Day with a Stroll in the Centennial Olympic Park

Open from 7 AM, Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park is the core of the city for live entertainment and various art festivals. It is also a delightful place for children with a lot of activities. On your walk, you can also visit the nearby landmarks like the Georgia World Congress Center, College Football Hall of Fame and Mercedes-Benz Stadium

2. Make Reservations for the tour at the Atlanta CNN Center

Tourists can make early reservations for a 50-minutes tour of the CNN Center where they can eye the behind-the-scenes of several newsrooms themselves. For an informational dose, you can also learn the working of the weather map. Another impressive option available at the CNN Center is that you can record yourself reporting from their newsroom.

3. Grab a Sumptuous Meal at the Westin Peachtree Plaza

At SunDial Restaurant Bar & View, present at the top of the tallest hotel of Atlanta, a.k.a Westin Peachtree Plaza, you can enjoy flavorsome meals with some chit-chat. From this skyscraper building, you can also enjoy a spectacular view of the city.

4. Head on to the World of Coca Cola

This Coca Cola museum is a dream come true for all the foodies where they can enjoy hundreds of beverages, and witness the story of this world-famous company. You can relive all the classic Coca Cola advertisements, a moment full of pure nostalgia and remember some great childhood memories. There's also a 4D theater present at this museum, which you would definitely not like to miss.

5. Feel One in the Center for Civil and Human Rights

For a historical touch in your journey, you can visit either Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park or Center for Civil and Human Rights. At the Sweet Auburn district, you can visit Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and also his burial ground. At the Center for Civil and Human Rights, you can enlighten yourself on the struggle that the whole world made for freedom, women's rights, and the rights of the children.

6. End your Evening with a Pleasant Visit to the Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium is the USA's largest aquarium, which takes around 3 hours if you want to visit its every corner. From numbers of fish and marine mammals to interactive galleries, you can enjoy it all at Georgia aquarium.

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7. Outdoor Adventures in Atlanta

Outdoor enthusiasts can find white water rafting, zip lining, hiking and mountain biking, skiing, kayaking, horseback riding and boating - all within four hours of Atlanta in North Georgia, or the neighbors Tennessee, Alabama, and North and South Carolina. Others may prefer to pick fresh apples and strawberries from the farm, wash gold for water, visit historic villages or go shopping at discount malls.

Some 700,000 international tourists arrive in Georgia every year, making it the second fastest growing state in global tourism, according to government statistics. Most visitors come from Europe and the Americas, but a growing number are from Asia. South Korea and Japan now rank in the top five countries of origin, with China and Hong Kong in ninth place.

Many within one million international visitors come every quarter for business and educational opportunities, while others visit Georgia solely for relaxation and recreation.

8. Exploring the Fantastic Outer

Whether tourists arrive in Atlanta to attend classes or take a vacation, they find a variety of outdoor activities and weekend getaways from Atlanta within a couple of hours by car from the city. These opportunities include:

White Water Rafting: Just two hours north of Atlanta is the Chattooga River, which is part of the Georgia-South Carolina border. Three companies offer part-time rafting and overnight rafting trips in federally protected "Wild and Scenic River" through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Section III of the Chattooga is best for beginners, mostly with Class II and III rapids ending in a Class IV "Bull Sluice".

For greater emotions, section IV offers fast Class III and IV rapids. Drive for an hour northbound and rafting through national forests on the Tennessee Ocoee River (home of the 1996 Olympic rowing competitions) or the Nantahala River in South Carolina.

Kayak and canoe: There are thousands of miles of rivers and dozens of lakes where you can explore the water with a guide or on your own. Small equipment rental locations, ports and resorts such as Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain rent kayaks and canoes.

The Altamaha River, one of the last virgin and still wild rivers in the country, is a popular rowing destination about three hours south-west of Atlanta. The river - one of the 75 Last Great Places on Earth of the Nature Conservancy, flows through remote forests and swamps. Puerto del Ridges Resort rents boats and jet skis for trips to Lake Chatuge. Or you can Shoot the Hooch.

Zip lining: The longest and largest canopy ecological zip line in the world is at Historic Banning Mills in Whitesburg, about 45 minutes west of Atlanta. Banning Mills has more than nine miles of zip lines, towers, airlifts and other challenges up to 300 feet in height. The main piece is the tour "Screaming Eagle" on Snake Creek, half a mile.

Nestled on 1,200 acres of preserved forest, Banning Mills also has the world's highest self-sustained climbing wall. Do you prefer a less exhausting route? Try North Georgia Canopy Tours in Lula; Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tours in Long Creek, South Carolina; or with Foxfire Mountain Adventures in the vicinity of Sevierville, Tennessee.

9. Hiking, cycling and skiing

Miles of hiking trails wind through northern Georgia at the Tallulah Gorge State Park (a two-mile canyon with a depth of more than 1,000 feet); Amicalola Falls and Anna Ruby Falls.

You can also find trails for mountain biking throughout the area, along with conventional biking trails such as the Discovery Trail in Callaway Gardens and the Riverwalk in Chattanooga, Tennessee. While Georgia does not have its own ski resort, one finds itself less than four hours away by car on the slopes of Ober Gatlinburg in Tennessee, or Cataloochee, Sugar, Beech, Sapphire Valley and other inns in North Carolina.

10. Historical towns and destinations to go shopping

In rural areas around Atlanta, there are hundreds of villages with their own unique stories and modern stories. The North American Revolution and the Civil War had battles on Georgia soil, leaving battlefields, museums and other places paying homage to those conflicts.

You can look for gold in Dahlonega (the place of the first gold rush in the United States); track the steps of Native Americans along the 300-mile Chieftains Trail; explore the Etowah Indian Hills in Cartersville; or enjoy Oktoberfest in the alpine village of Helen. Travel pre-war homes, such as the Jarrell Plantation Historic Site in Forsyth and the Gordon-Lee Mansion in Chickamauga.

Many towns also have a variety of shopping experiences in a less hectic environment, from Scott's Bookstore in Newnan to High Country Art & Antiques in Blue Ridge. Most areas host annual fairs and festivals where local art, crafts, and jewelry are displayed and sold.

Bargain hunters will enjoy the many discount stores near Atlanta. North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville, Calhoun Premium Outlets, and Tanger discount stores in Commerce and Locust Grove are only an hour away. The Smoky Mountains are home to the largest concentration of discount stores in the country, housing two Tanger Outlets, Pigeon Forge Outlet Mall and Belz Outlets.

There are also many traditional shopping centers, led by Lenox Square in Atlanta, the first closed shopping center in the southeastern United States.

Wine tasting is another relaxing alternative for the weekend. The wine industry in Georgia has grown dramatically over the last decade, with dozens of new vineyards opening and winning prizes. The North Georgia Wine Trail links eight established vineyards in the mountains, including Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris, Three Sisters Vineyards in Dahlonega, Habersham Winery in Helen and Tiger Mountain Vineyards in Tiger.

Just 40 miles from Atlanta is Chateau Elan in Braselton, a full-service resort with tavern, spa, cooking classes, golf, tennis, vineyard tours and wine tasting.

The vine is just one of the many agricultural products that are grown throughout Georgia, where agriculture is the largest industry (followed by tourism). Gilmer County produces more than 600,000 bushels of apples each year, with eight apple producers present along the Apple Orchard Alley near Ellijay.

During the growing season at Mercier Orchards, you can take a tractor tour on the farm and harvest your own apples, strawberries and blackberries. Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley has more than 4,000 acres of walnuts and peaches. You can see corn and wheat being ground at Nora's Mill in Helen and Logan Turnpike Mill in the vicinity of Blairsville.

If you have a long weekend and want to drive a little further, it's only five hours to reach the lush gardens of historic Savannah and the beautiful beaches of Tybee Island. Golfers will be attracted to Augusta, home of the PGA Master Championship. The beaches of northern Florida are less than six hours from Atlanta, including historic San Agustin on the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico resorts such as Panama City, Destin, Seaside and Pensacola.

However - apart from the ocean - you can find mountains, forests, streams and other natural environments less than two hours by car from Atlanta.

Best Time to Visit Atlanta:

You are welcome to Georgia all 12 months of the year, but to visit Atlanta, between March and May is the best time. These are the months when you can enjoy the charming spring and numerous concerts. If you have a thing for sports, you can enjoy an Atlanta Braves baseball game at the SunTrust Park in the month of April. Near the stadium, you can also find the restaurants of the city's most acclaimed mixologists and chefs.

Atlanta Travel Tips

• Buy travel insurance in advance to safeguard yourself from situations like medical emergencies, baggage loss, and theft.

• While using transportation apps like Uber, share the ride information with your family and friends. Do not share any personal information while talking to a driver or street vendor.

• Where possible, try to reserve seats in advance, which can save you from the trouble of waiting in long queues to buy entry tickets.

• Though medical facilities are easily available in Atlanta, as a visitor, it is better if you keep a first-aid kit handy.

• Bring a power bank if you are traveling long hours in a day. Doing a lot of photography will drain your phone's battery fast for which a power bank will provide back up.

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These were some amazing sightseeing places in the capital of Georgia where you can enjoy a wonderful day with no hassle. There are also several shopping malls in the city where you can shop for gifts for your loved ones. For a safe and secure journey, we suggest you buy your travel insurance.
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