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Atlanta was almost completely destroyed in the past, because of this most buildings date back from the early 1900’s and this architectural time loop is still visible in the district to this day. One area in particular that pays testament to this quality is that of the historic, “Grant Park” Built up around the late to the early 1900’s this park is lined with stunning two story mansions and is also surrounded by quaint one story cottages and craftsmen bungalows to the east with a remnant of the Civil War to the southeast that of Fort Walker.
Another nearby historic site is that of Inman Park, this park has some stunning Victorian era architecture of its own. Dating back to 1889, this park is considered to be Atlanta’s very first Suburb. Interestingly enough many of the famous homes and structures here were built and financed by Asa Candler the founder of Coca Cola soft drinks. Right next door to this is the “Little Five Points” commercial shopping square. This is Atlanta’s shopping, dining and sight seeing Mecca. This place has a “come as you are” kind of vibe. Shopping and business here is an eclectic mix and those who frequent this location are a diverse bunch as well; ranging from Hipsters, Rastafarians, cosmopolitan socialites and even those with a punk rock vibe like to hangout at this location.
After the shopping is done, for those of you interested in history take a walk over to the “Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum”. This museum not only documents the ferocious Civil War that ripped the United States asunder, but in its telling it employs a Cyclorama as its story telling device.
This is a very unique thing to see, Cyclorama’s were in vogue in the late 1800’s this one was installed in 1887. Predating the days of the motion picture, the Cyclorama employs huge panoramic, wrap around paintings that suck the viewer right into the battle field. This one depicts the “Battle of Atlanta” that took place on July 22, 1864. There are very few of these kinds of story telling devices left in the world. So this remaining Cyclorama telling of the Civil War is a very rare attraction to see in Atlanta.
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Next door to mid town, take in some concerts at the Chastain Park Ampitheatre. This is the outdoor venue and the sister home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra when it is not in Midtown. Created in 1939 as part of FDR’s New Deal, this is the place to be for summer concerts in Atlanta. From classical music to rock groups, many a good time has been held at these summer festivals in Buckhead.
The Nightlife in Buckhead is great too, check out, “Dante’s Down the Hatch”, a truly imaginative night club. This place is designed to look like an 18th century sailing ship! Why this pub is harbored in Atlanta no one is really sure, but it is a lot of fun! Immersed in the backdrop of an antique naval vessel, eat the specialty fondue and jam out to some of the best Jazz music ever heard in Atlanta. Unique is definitely a good adjective for this Buckhead attraction.
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Perimeter Center Area
Perimeter Center is a great place to stay in Atlanta if you’re looking to avoid the high parking fees in the city center. It is only 15 miles and 20 minutes by car to reach the city center, so all sights and attractions will be in easy and convenient reach. Best of all, if you bring your car but prefer to take public transport to sightsee, this area also has access to MARTA (rail rapid transit system).
This area is centered around the Perimeter Mall making it a premier shopping destination! The mall is known for its luxury brands and has over 150 stores and numerous well-known and popular dining options. Many people prefer to stay at Perimeter Center for its ease of access to the city and complimentary parking; because of that, there are many quality hotel options to choose from to suit any budget!
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Cobb Galleria Area
Another great option to stay in if you would like to avoid high city center parking fees, the Cobb Galleria Area is only 13 miles and 18 minutes from Atlanta city center. This makes it a great base to stay while taking advantage of the many great hotels in the vicinity. These include big names such as Best Western and Hyatt Place hotels, both of which include free parking. For more of a staycation, check out the Sheraton Suites which has an outdoor pool!
This area is built around the Cobb Galleria Centre but also includes Akers Mill Square, a mall with a good selection of restaurants. For a more eclectic shopping experience, head to Galleria Speciality Shops for apparel, jewelry, and gifts. The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is located here too and is home to the Atlanta Ballet and the Atlanta Opera. This venue also hosts comedy shows and other events.
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College Park is the best place to stay in Atlanta for those who want to be close to the airport and also within reach of the main city itself. Indeed, College Park is located just minutes away from Atlanta’s major airport, and is very well-connected by train to downtown as well.
In terms of things to do, College Park is ideal for nature lovers. Its beautiful greenery and parks can be enjoyed by all, such as the wonderful Barrett Park. Active travellers can also participate in many outdoor activities, such as biking or walking along the famous Phoenix Trail. And you can even play some golf on the popular College Park Golf Course!
College Park is also home to numerous restaurants, cafés and bars- boasting top-quality cuisine as well as a lively local nightlife. There are also many fantastic accommodation options here to suit all types of travelers.
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