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April 2009 - Atlanta Georgia

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Welcome to the April Issue of USATourist News Magazine. This month we're headed to Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia is located in the Southeastern United States, north of Florida and south of South Carolina. Its state capital is Atlanta, the state's largest city and home to the busiest airport in the world: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). I've found Georgia to have some of the nicest people in the US. Here are some of the attractions that make this city special.

Centennial Olympic Park

A fountain in the form of the Olympic Rings offer a cool respite from the summer heat at Centennial Olympic Park.

Centennial Olympic Park

If you're traveling on a budget you will have no problem finding free and inexpensive things to do in Atlanta such as visiting Centennial Olympic Park, the 21-acre park where the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games were held offers various music performances starting in April and running through the fall. Wednesday Wind Down is each Wednesday evening from 5:30-8 p.m. Music at Noon is held Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days held on the fourth Saturday of each month is a festive setting with street performers, arts and crafts and more. In 1996 personally engraved commemorative bricks were available for $35, today you can walk along the 500,000 bricks and read the engraved names and messages.

You can find a list of "free stuff" to do here:

In Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Atlanta is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birth and resting place and has several locations dedicated to his life. At the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site visitors have the opportunity to tour the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame and see the Visitor Center exhibiting civil rights memorabilia, his birth home, historic Ebenezer Church, and Dr. King and his wife's (Coretta Scott King) final resting places.

Take me out to the ball game

The Braves Museum & Hall of Fame (BMHF) is a tribute to the Atlanta baseball team. The museum features more than 600 Braves artifacts on over 135 years of Braves history. The one-hour guided tours starts at Turner Field and offers visitors a sneak peek at many areas normally off limits during games.

Six Flags

Six Flags over Georgia is the perfect place to take the kids for a day of fun or relive your own childhood. This huge theme park has thrilling rollercoaster rides, traditional park snacks and Broadway-style shows. Just don't forget the sunscreen!

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World of Coca-Cola

At the World of Coca-Cola you can get a glimpse of where how it all started. This Coca-Cola tribute reveals the complete story-past, present and future of the world's most famous brand. It's here visitors can view the largest collection of Coke memorabilia in the world, view the Pop Culture Gallery featuring works by artists Penley, Haddon Sundblom and Howard Finster, see the bottling line that produces commemorative 8-ounce bottles of Coca-Cola, and the most popular, the "tasting experience" with 60 different products to sample.

World of Coke Museum

The World of Coke Museum is one of Atlanta's most popular attractions.

Next to the World of Coca-Cola is the world's largest aquarium - the Georgia Aquarium with more than eight million gallons of water and more aquatic life than any other aquarium.

See the city below and from above

Underground Atlanta sounds like a secret but it's actually one of Atlanta's most popular attractions. Located in the Heart of Downtown, Underground Atlanta is a happening place full of restaurants, entertainment, shopping and night life. There is also a guided history tour which relays stories from the Civil War to Civil Rights.

The SunDial Restaurant, Bar & View sits on top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza and offers a revolving view of Atlanta. If you don't want to have dinner or drinks you may go for the view only. (Tickets $5)

Gone with the Wind

65 years ago the classic movie "Gone with the Wind" was created but the love of this film has yet to die. Scattered around Atlanta are several tributes to this famed movie, starting with tours of Margaret Mitchell House and Museum where Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind. The two-block historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can find more "Gone With The Wind" attractions here.

2009 Myrtle Beach Bike Week

Spring is the perfect time to climb on the back of a Harley-Davidson®. While you're on the east coast, join fellow motorcycle enthusiasts and enjoy fun in the sun during Bike Week. EagleRider Motorcycle Rental has twelve locations within a day's ride to get you to the 2009 Myrtle Beach Bike Week in style May 8 - 17.

Located on the Atlantic Coast, Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular beach destinations in the U.S. If you're going to Atlanta, it's easy to rent a Harley and follow Interstate 20 for a 6 hour ride to Myrtle Beach. It's a road trip that will make a memory of a lifetime!

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Atlanta Ghosts and Legends Segway Tour - Imagine hearing tales of Atlanta's Civil War Ghosts, the legends of Humbug Square, and Georgia's haunted houses as you cruise through the dusky streets riding your own Segway Transporter.

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Happy and Safe Travels!

Written by: Elizabeth L. Blair

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