The eyes of the world were trained on Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Olympics, and it remains a downtown hub. Start the day with the most famous Atlanta native of all at The World of Coca-Cola. Hopefully refreshed after sampling the soda giant’s products, your next stop is the nearby home of another global icon. Your tour of CNN Center starts with the world’s largest free-standing escalator and takes you in front of the cameras and behind the scenes.
Many people still associate Atlanta with Gone with the Wind, written in, and about, Atlanta. The broad verandas of the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, where the author wrote that famous novel, exude Southern charm, while inside you’ll find exhibits detailing her life and work. The High Museum of Art, meanwhile, symbolizes the New South. American art forms the core of the permanent collection housed in this award-winning Richard Meier-designed building expanded in the new millennium by Renzo Piano.