Atlanta Destination Guide and Tourist Attractions
Atlanta is the perfect destination in spring in which it is like a wonderful southern Belle when none of the attractions are boring or worth missing irrespective of it being a museum or boardwalk. Despite the fact that the city is more useful for business and other commercial purposes, the numbers of tourists are increasing year by year including the new and visited ones to make their holiday trip a memorable journey. And this time, even I became a part of already visitors who were keen to come for the second time to explore the remaining Atlanta attractions.
So, in another 10 minutes, you will be aware of those Atlanta attractions that are not much famous, but are not worth missing also.
I headed first towards the Governor’s Mansion situated on the West Paces Ferry Road Northwest at 1 mile from the Atlanta History Center. Herein the early 19th century paintings, porcelain, and Federal-era furniture catch up your vision. This Greek Revival, antebellum mansion has 30 rooms full of these interesting collections. This might make you feel as if you are in a Mississippi’s plantation house. There is no entrance fee and the timings are morning 10 to dusk from Tuesdays to Thursdays.
Then, the High Museum of Art at the Woodruff Arts Center on the Peachtree Street Northeast is an award-winning mansion. It is a wonderful building in white planned by Richard Meier that is the home to the modern, contemporary, and attractive pieces of work of the American artists. A new addition that is double the size of the building is where you can explore the three year collection of the Musee du Louvre in Paris. With reasonable fees, you can tour the building on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 to 5 and on Sundays from 12 to 5.
On the same street is the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum wherein the Apartment 1 was the home of Margaret Mitchell and her husband. And yes, this is where she brought her deep story in the form of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gone with the Wind. Sadly, the mansion was not protected due to which it was prone to wreckage and fire. However, now it has been restored and houses the personal memorabilia, images, and her typewriter.
For the fans of the book, there is also the Gone with the Wind Museum costing you some pennies wherein the posters, a portrait of Scarlett O’Hara, costumes, and the actual door of Tara. The timings are daily from 9:30 to 5:00.
The Martin Luther King Jr Historic District at Auburn Avenue never leaves you without taking you into the Atlanta’s turbulent history. Go to the Visitor Center to hear the most amazing recording of King’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech. Other highlights are the home of his birthplace Ebenezer Baptist Church where he became the pastor in 1960, Fire Station No. 6 regarded as the first fire station in Atlanta, and Martin Luther King Jr Center for Nonviolent Social Change that hosts the Nobel Prize works of the hero for equality. Certainly, there is a fee worth to pay and its timings are daily 0900-1700 in winters and 0900-1800 in summers.
Now, it was the turn of one of the major Atlanta attractions – The Museums in the 1400 Spring Street Area that offers the Center for Puppetry Arts, the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, and the National Museum of Patriotism. The Center For Puppetry Arts is dedicated to puppets where you can see the various puppets, explore the puppet-making workshops, or watch the puppet performance in a theatre. The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum is full of the Holocaust and Atlanta Jewish Heritage and displays TV monitors with Holocaust survivor events. The National Museum of Patriotism is dedicated to the American patriotism housing the American nationalistic symbols and a jewelry collection of patriotic donations. You can also give a free video to a serviceman here.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden at 3 miles from the downtown is where the English and Japanese gardens will make you feel amid a tranquil atmosphere. There are some wonderful sculptures here and that with some cost, tropical, desert, and rare plants are exhibited in the Fuqua Conservatory. It is opened from 0900-1900 (Apr-Oct) and 0900-1700 (Nov-Mar), except on Mondays.
Lastly, I visited the NEW World of Coca-Cola on the Baker Street where you are welcome with a 27 feet icy replica of the Coke. Then, artifacts, a bottling factory, 4D theater, pop culture gallery, ads, and Coca-Cola souvenir shop is all present, but as a whole, it is quite shabby. Are you looking for cheap hotel deals to Atlanta? Discover Reservations.com for discount hotels and all inclusive package deals.