Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: November 2021
Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and is one of the largest cities in the United States. It was founded in 1837 and was initially named Terminus as it served as the final stop of the Western and Atlantic Railroad that provided a link between Savannah and the Midwest. It soon became the convergence point among multiple railroads, which helped shape the city’s history. While its name changed, Atlanta still serves as a major transportation hub today.
Speaking of today, it was American Thanksgiving so most things were closed, with the exception of the Georgia Aquarium. The Georgia Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world and contains seven major galleries that correspond to a specific environment. Some of the highlights include a whale shark, manta rays, sea dragons, jellyfish, African penguins, beluga whales, giant starfish, tiger sharks and hammer heads. We also watched the dolphin and sea lion presentations, which were included with our general admission ticket, but we were required to reserve our seats in advance on the day of our visit.
After touring through all the various exhibits, we were eager to head out as the aquarium was getting busy. We went for a stroll around the grounds. The World of Coca-Cola, which showcases the history of the iconic brand of soda, is located across from the Georgia Aquarium. While it was closed for the day, we admired all the Coca-Cola themed Christmas decorations.
We then walked to the nearby Centennial Olympic Park to check out the various monuments and view of the Atlanta skyline. The park was built for when Atlanta hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics and features a few Olympics-related attractions, including the Olympic Rings and Fountain of Rings.
We headed back to the parking garage and drove to the Jackson Street Bridge to get an awesome view of the Atlanta skyline. This viewpoint was prominently featured in the first season of the tv series “The Walking Dead”. The nice thing about visiting the bridge (and just driving around the city in general) on a holiday was that there was no traffic and the roads were mostly empty.
After our quick detour at the bridge, we drove to Piedmont Park to meet up with one of K’s co-workers who lives in Atlanta. Piedmont Park is located just northeast of downtown Atlanta and is the oldest and largest park in the city. It features several walking trails, a running track, gardens, picnic facilities, tennis courts, basketball courts, softball fields, and even a few historic sites. It also provides excellent views of the Atlanta skyline.
Once we wrapped up our stroll through Piedmont Park, we said our goodbyes to K’s colleague and were ready to hit the road again. Since we still had a few hours of daylight left, and most things were closed, we decided to make a detour to Brasstown Bald to check out the highest point in Georgia.