Atlanta is the capital of the state of Georgia. This Southern city is rich in Southern history and Southern culture. Atlanta's Southern history and cultural history can be seen in the historic mansions and cemeteries, the French Renaissance-style architecture of the Georgian Terrace hotel, the presence of Atlanta University Center as well as on Auburn Avenue - the epicenter of historically African-American businesses. Atlanta is also an international city of commerce as well as a locatiom of choice for entertainment productions. It is the corporate headquarters of Coca Cola, Home Depot and Delta Airlines. Atlanta is a city of big business evidenced by the presence of CNN Center and the distincion of having the busiest airport in the world. For its unique blend of Southern history, Southern culture, internation commerce and entertainment production, Atlanta is called the Capital of the New South.
Atlanta is divided into four primary commercial and/or residential districts: Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead and Cumberland. The Cumberland Galleria district in Northwest Atlanta is a popular destination for mid-sized conventions and meetings. The district is also the location of SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, and the location of Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Perimeter Center business district is centered around Perimeter Mall and contains three cities: Brookhaven, Dunwoody, and Sandy Springs.
Atlanta is surrounded by small towns full of traditional Southern charm and warm Southern hospitality. Many of these small towns have nostalgic town squares and quaint shops and cafes that line the historic squares. Even in these small towns, there's always something to do! The metropolitan area of Atlanta includes ten counties.
Atlanta attractions include the world's largest acquarium, a zoo that features giant pandas, the world's largest Civil War Battle of Atlanta painting, the house where Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Atlanta nightlife may include enjoying the Southern cuisine at South City Kitchen in Midtown or at a restaurant in Atlantic Station, dinner at Underground Atlanta, a show at Fabulous Fox Theatre or the Alliance Theatre, a concert, opera or a ballet. Opportunities for family fun in Atlanta include a trip to Six Flags Over Georgia theme park that features Goliath, the tallest roller coaster in the Southeast! For adventure, take a hot air balloon ride, go skydiving or boating on the Chattahoochee River.