Top 9 Places Visited in Atlanta

Have you visited Atlanta? Or plan to visit Atlanta? For me this is the first city that I saw when I reached USA. My visit in the city was not for leisure trip but a business reason. But, I still tried to explore the city even my first 10 days has been raining. I still tried to explore this city at the south. And during my exploration, I enjoyed discovering Atlanta.

Below are rank of the places that I visited. What are yours?

Top 1 – World of Coca-Cola

What I like about this museum is the secret formula of the famous soda itself. Seeing the vault made me excited and felt that the secret itself is real.

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Top 2 – The Fabulous Fox

One of the things that I dream to get inside of is the classic theater of the Fox. And I realized this dream when I got a chance to watch Shaping Sound contemporary dance artist.

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Top 3 – Margaret Mitchell’s House

When I learned about the movie “Gone With the Wind” and the author of the famous movie of all time has museum in Atlanta which was her former house and exhibits most about her, I felt excited as I got a chance to discover more about her and about the movie.

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Top 4 – Center for Civil and Human Rights

The museum made me cry as I felt in my heart the persecution that African-American experienced during the decades of sufferings, a part of USA history that I learned.

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Top 5 – Georgia Aquarium

The former largest aquarium in the world reminded me again how diverse our water world and how amazing their ecosystem.

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Top 6 – Centennial Olympic Park

A historical park that made Atlanta historic in the world.

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Top 7 – Pemberton Place

The home of famous museums that will make every visitor enjoys the city just in one place.

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Top 8 – Peachtree Street (Part 1, Part 2, & Part 5)

The name of the street itself is famous in Atlanta. And don’t be surprised if you will encounter lots of streets with the name “Peachtree”. It has its own reason, because it has historical significance in the city.

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Top 9 – Underground Atlanta

This historical city beneath the city has its historical part in Atlanta and an enjoyable place to explore the city if you are into shopping.

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Strolling at Downtown Atlanta (Peachtree Street Northwest – Atlanta Walk Part 5)

After coming from Centennial Olympic Park, my journey in exploring the city continues. I walked towards Andrew Young International Blvd NW and turned right in Carnegie Way NW until I reached it end at Forsyth St NW. From there I crossed the street to reach Margaret Mitchell Square which located between Forsyth St NW and Peachtree St NW.

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Margaret Mitchell Square

From Margaret Mitchell Square, I wandered along Peachtree St NW and stopped when I reached Auburn Ave NE. Here I saw the historic Flatiron Building which built in 1897 and the curve fountain called International Peace Fountain which commemorates the significant role of Atlanta city towards civil and human rights movement.

At Auburn Ave NE

 

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Flatiron Building
At Northern Edge of Woodruff Park

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International Peace Fountain at northern edge of Woodruff Park

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Playground “ATL”

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Atlanta Streetcar

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Peachtree St NW

When I crossed Auburn Ave NE, I reached the main area of Woodruff Park. The park was named after Robert Woodruff a former president of Coca-Cola company. Here I saw a monument that symbolized the rebirth of the city after civil war that was torn when it was burned by William T. Sherman’s Union Army.

At Woodruff Park

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Woodruff Park

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Atlanta From The Ashes or The Phoenix monument

At Edgewood Ave SE

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Georgia State University-Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Next walking adventure happens at Underground Atlanta. Until then.

Notes:
1. Plan to visit Downtown Atlanta ? – Please check latest information here
2. Entrance Fee – Walking in the city is totally free
3. Public Transportation Ticket – Use MARTA Breese Card,  here’s the official website, here’s alternative site for the card
4. Directions to walk in this part of Peachtree Street NW using train :
If you will ride within Red Line or Gold Line regardless which station you will come from, just remember to get-off at Peachtree Center Transit Station.
If you will ride in any of Blue or Green Line, you are required to transfer at Five Points Station and take Red or Gold Line and get off at Peachtree Center Transit Station.
From Peachtree Center Transit Station, get off at Forsyth Street NW,  cross next road which is Peachtree Street NW. And walked along Peachtree Street towards Downtown direction or towards Marietta Street NW.

Arts and Craft : Atlanta From The Ashes (The Phoenix) by James Siegler

Arts and Craft (Post#16) : Atlanta From The Ashes (Phoenix) by James Siegler

While walking in Peachtree St NW, at the end of Woodruff Park, I saw a monument called “Atlanta From The Ashes” or simply “The Phoenix”. The monument symbolizes the rise of Atlanta from the ashes during the Civil War to become a world city. The monument was created by James Siegler of Houston, Texas. These photos are part of Atlanta Walks Photo Collection November 2015.

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Random Angle : Flatiron Building (Atlanta)

Random Angle (Post#6) : Flatiron Building (Atlanta)

Another interesting historical building that I found along Peachtree St NW is what they called Flatiron Building (or as English-American Building) which completed in 1897, 5 years earlier that Flatiron Building in New York. At the time that I found this building it was under renovations. This building is protected by the city and listed in National Registers of Historic Places. Currently, the building is used for commercial space such as eateries, events and offices. These photos are part of Atlanta Walks Photo Collection November 2015.

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Strolling at Downtown Atlanta (Peachtree Street Northeast – Atlanta Walk Part 2)

My walks in Midtown ended when I reached North Avenue NE. That is the border of Midtown and Downtown Atlanta. Since I am still in Peachtree St NE, I continued my stroll in the city. The significant things that I found in this walks are Bank of America Plaza, Emory University Hospital, SunTrust Plaza and Hardy Ivy Park. Below are some of my snapshots along the street in this part of Peachtree St NE.

After crossing North Avenue NE

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Bank of America Plaza

The tower is recognized as 107th tallest building in the world. 14th tallest building in USA. It has a title as well as tallest building in Georgia and tallest building in any US state capital.

After crossing Pine St NE

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SunTrust Plaza (Middle) from a distance

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Emory University Hospital Midtown and Bank of America Plaza

At Baker St NE

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“Ballet Olympia” sculpture by John Portman at SunTrust Plaza

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Peachtree Street NE

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Peachtree Street NE and Hardy Ivy Park

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W Peachtree St NE

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Carnegie Monument by Henri Jova at Hardy Ivy Park

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“Grand Mercy” artworks by Jerry Peart at Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Notes:
1. Plan to visit Downtown Atlanta ? – Please check latest information here
2. Entrance Fee – Walking in the city is totally free
3. Public Transportation Ticket – Use MARTA Breese Card,  here’s the official website, here’s alternative site for the card
4. Directions to walk in this part of Peachtree Street NE using train :
If you will ride within Red Line or Gold Line regardless which station you will come from, just remember to get-off at North Avenue Station.
If you will ride in any of Blue or Green Line, you are required to transfer at Five Points Station and take Red or Gold Line and get off at North Avenue Station.
From North Avenue Station, get off at Ponce De Leon Avenue NW and turn right towards Peachtree Street NE. And walked along Peachtree Street towards Downtown direction or Baker Street NE

Arts and Craft : “Grand Mercy” by Jerry Peart

Arts and Craft (Post#14) : “Grand Mercy” by Jerry Peart

Before I crossed W Peachtree St NE, I had a glimpse of unique arts within the vicinity of Hyatt Regency Atlanta. I did not knew this art and I found some information about it after looking in the net. It was called “Grand Mercy” and created by Jerry Peart which means to saluting the people of Atlanta. The photo is part of Atlanta Walks Photo Collection November 2015.

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Strolling at Midtown Atlanta (Peachtree Street Northeast – Atlanta Walk Part 1)

After visiting Margaret Mitchell House last November 20, 2015, I thought that it was still early to wrap-up my day and since its my last day in Atlanta, as soon as I left the museum past 5 PM in the afternoon, I decided to walk the Peachtree Street. I know that there are so many streets named with Peachtree in Atlanta but my walk happened specifically in Peachtree St NE. The starting point was 10th St NE towards North Avenue NE which all within Midtown. Since it was November and the beginning of autumn season, there were still greens in the trees on both side of the road that made the Peachtree St NE so pleasant for walk. At the part of Peachtree Street that I walked, I saw some significant structures and buildings along the way. Below are some of the snapshots that I captured in my walk.

At 10th St NE

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Margaret Mitchell House

I included Margaret Mitchell House since it stands along Peachtree St NE. Detailed post in my visit in the house museum has been described here.

After crossing 7th St NE

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After crossing 6th St NE

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After crossing 4th St NE

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Bank of America Plaza from a distance

After crossing 3rd St NE

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Fox Theatre

A historical former movie palace which opened in 1929 with Middle Eastern and Egyptian designs and listed as National Historic Landmark in USA.

After crossing Ponce De Leon Ave NE

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The Georgian Terrace

When I passed the Georgian Terrace Hotel at that time, I don’t have idea that it was historical, I recently learned that the Hollywood stars of legend movie “Gone With the Wind” stayed in the hotel.

Notes:
1. Plan to visit Midtown Atlanta ? – Please check latest information here
2. Entrance Fee – Walking in the city is totally free
3. Public Transportation Ticket – Use MARTA Breese Card,  here’s the official website, here’s alternative site for the card
4. Directions to Margaret Mitchell House using train :
If you will ride within Red Line or Gold Line regardless which station you will come from, just remember to get-off at Midtown Station.
If you will ride in any of Blue or Green Line, you are required to transfer at Five Points Station and take Red or Gold Line and get off at Midtown Station.
From Midtown Station, get off at 10th St NE and turn right towards Peachtree Street NE. And walked along Peachtree Street towards Downtown direction or towards North Avenue NE.

Name Of The Place : Peachtree Street

Name Of The Place (Post#38) : Peachtree Street

Checking which places to see in Atlanta, I found the common address has Peachtree Street. But then later, I realized that the city itself has too many names with the keyword “Peachtree”. Then I checked what’s the reason behind the name. From my research, the site were Atlanta grew where the major village is called Standing Peachtree (has dispute if its Standing Pitch tree, which later altered to “peach”). The said site has known to have lots of Pine trees which also called as “pitch” trees due to their sap. A remarkable origin of the name. The photo is part of Atlanta Walks Photo Collection November 2015.

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