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The Atlanta CNN Center is the headquarters of the cable-TV news service. A visit here will give you a behind-the-scenes glance at the 24-hour news organization in high-tech action, including a visit to production areas not accessible to the general public.
Your first stop at the Atlanta CNN Center is in the lobby, where you can have a videotape made of yourself while reading news stories from a CNN anchor desk. Next, you’ll learn about the history of CNN through interactive kiosks and CNN memorabilia. In the special-effects studio, see how global news is produced via modern technology. The highlight of the a visit to the Atlanta CNN Center is watching the action of the main CNN newsroom from a glass-walled observation tower. You’ll see writers composing new scripts, camera operators positioning cameras, and maybe even a live broadcast.
Atlantic Station is a district in Atlanta, GA west of midtown. It is one of the newest areas of the city with plenty of apartments, lofts, and condos for those who want to live there. The neighborhood also has a focus on shopping, and you can find a wide variety of stores set up as an open-air mall. You'll find smaller boutiques, chain stores, and department stores. When you get hungry, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, including sit-down establishments and cafes where you can get a quick bite.
If you're looking for entertainment, Atlantic Station has you covered. A movie theater shows the latest hit movies, and several bars provide a fun place for a drink. Atlantic Station is the permanent home for BODIES The Exhibition and often hosts Cirque de Soleil. Concerts and festivals are held here throughout the year, and in the winter there is an ice skating rink. A grocery store, fitness center, and several medical facilities round out the neighborhood.
History buffs should make the Atlanta History Center their first stop. The center’s collections of photographs, maps, books, newspaper clippings, and decorative arts tell the history of Georgia, Atlanta, and the Southeast. In fact, the center has one of the largest collections of Civil War artifacts in the world. The Center itself is surrounded by 32 acres (13 hectares) of woodlands, including walking trails and five gardens.
Inside the Atlanta History Museum, hands-on discovery areas, displays, and photographs trace Atlanta’s history. Part of this permanent exhibit includes a fire engine used in Atlanta’s great fire of 1917 and a rare 1920 Hanson Six touring car. Another exhibit, the “Shaping Traditions: Folk Arts in a Changing South” shows the development and attributes of Southern folk art. It includes both traditional and modern forms ranging from clothing and food to singing and storytelling.
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta’s stunning temple of visual treats, is hard to miss. First, the building is built of white porcelain tile, and inside are four floors of galleries strung together by semicircular pedestrian ramps surrounding a sun-filled four-story atrium.
And that’s just the building. The High Museum of Art collection itself holds more than 11,000 works of art, including a stellar collection of American art, which includes fascinating works from the turn of the 20th century, plus contemporary pieces from the likes of Gerhard Richter and folk art from Georgia treasure Howard Finster. You can also see a marvelous collection of Italian paintings and sculptures from the 14th through the 18th centuries, as well as paintings by French Impressionists and German Expressionists. The collections of sub-Saharan African art and works by noted 19th and 20th century American and European photographers are also world-class.
Set in the northwest corner of Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is a stunning 30 acre (12 hectare) garden composed of winding paths and a number of smaller themed gardens. Each themed garden contains different landscapes to display a variety of plants. Two woodland areas, Upper Woodland and Storza Woods, feature large trees, paved paths, a fern glade, bubbling brooks, and shade-loving flowers and undergrowth.
One of the major highlights of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory, a massive collection of plants from tropical rainforests and deserts. Another is the Tropical Rotunda, a rainforest populated by tropical birds, turtles, and several exhibits of poison dart frogs. For those wanting to see the woodland areas from above, try the Canopy Walk, which gives you a bird’s-eye view from 40 feet (12 meters) up.
Other highlights include a rock garden, a dwarf conifer garden, and an English knot herb garden.
“Home of the Braves” is a slogan most Georgians know by heart. Although Turner Field is best known as the home ballpark for the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball team, it was originally constructed and used as the Centennial Olympic Stadium in the 1996 Olympic Games. It was converted to its current use the next year.
Turner Field, with its 49,000 seats, boasts state-of-the-art technology and high-class entertainment for visiting fans. There are 500 television monitors throughout the field, ensuring that fans catch every play, no matter where they are. The team’s catchy chant, the “tomahawk chop” is assisted by a 27-foot-long neon tomahawk situated over one of the large video boards. The Atlanta Braves announced plans in 2013 to move to a new stadium north of Turner Field by 2017, so while the stadium's past is ingrained in the minds of Atlanta fans, its future is undecided.
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One of Atlanta’s major showstoppers is the Georgia Aquarium, a colossal facility billing itself as the world's largest aquarium. The aquarium’s 8 million gallons of marine and fresh water is home to more than 100,000 animals representing 500 different species. The aquarium's notable specimens include four young whale sharks, two beluga whales, and two manta rays.
The five permanent exhibits, each with its own habitat, will surely enthrall. Within these displays are Australian weedy sea dragons, giant Pacific octopus, Japanese spider crabs, otters, and piranha. There’s even a petting tank where visitors can touch horseshoe crabs, sea stars, stingrays, and shrimp. Take a walk through an acrylic tunnel, surrounded by water, and watch as gigantic whale sharks swim overhead.
Antebellum, Georgia comes to life in the 1939 classic film, Gone with the Wind. Often thought of as the greatest romantic movie ever made, the film's heroine and hero, Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler, are featured in the film and in the halls of the Gone With the Wind Museum. Memorabilia from the iconic film lines the halls, and the exhibits transport visitors back to the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.
Opened in 2003, the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum features an impressive collection of artifacts from the film. One of the top attractions on display is the original Bengaline honeymoon gown worn by O'Hara's character. The film is based on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel of the same name, and many of the author’s personal volumes of the novel are on display here as well. Other notable displays include additional costume pieces, foreign prints of the novel and a personal script of an actress in the film.
Immerse yourself in Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler's enigmatic romance at the Road To Tara Museum, which brings to life Tara, the mythical plantation where Gone With the Wind takes place. Margaret Mitchell, the novel's author, created Tara based on the sprawling Victorian homes she saw in Clayton County, Georgia ,so today, Clayton County and the city of Jonesboro have been officially designated by the Georgia State Legislature as the "home of Gone With the Wind." Fittingly, the Road to Tara Museum is housed in the 1867 Train Depot in downtown historic Jonesboro.
At the museum visitors can see original props, wardrobe items and keepsakes from the 1939 Atlanta premiere of the feature film. The centerpiece is a large original oil mural depicting Rhett and Scarlett from the film, while additional oil paintings flank this large one. The museum also has an exhibit on the Civil War, featuring the Battle of Jonesboro.
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