Travel to Atlanta, Georgia – Episode 472

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Travel to Atlanta, Georgia

Hear about travel to Atlanta, Georgia as the Amateur Traveler talks to return guest Chris Willis about his hometown. Chris has been on the show talking about distant and exotic places but this time we talk about the land of Margret Mitchell and Coca-Cola.

A lot of people just know Atlanta as an airport to pass through but Chris invites us to discover this city. “Atlanta has a very interesting history, that’s very bound up with the Civil War. It was destroyed in the Civil War, but there are still somethings, battlefields and other things, left from the Civil War.”

“We have some great cultural attractions. We have a wonderful art museum for example, the High Museum of Art. You can visit the Margret Mitchell House.” Margret Mitchell is famous for writing “Gone with the Wind”.

“One thing to start off with is the World of Coke. Coca-Cola has its world-wide headquarters right here in Atlanta and they have a wonderful museum that traces the history of the product and let’s you sample different kinds of Coke beverages from around the world. That’s right in the same area of downtown where we have the Georgia Aquarium which is one of the biggest aquariums in the world. They have a huge huge salt water tank with whale sharks and all kinds of other sea creatures.”

“The Atlanta zoo is well know for a couple of things. We have a really incredible gorilla exhibit. We have several families of Gorillas. We have had pandas for the last 10 years at least. We have a new reptile exhibit. The great thing about the Atlanta zoo is that it has wonderful things to see but it is a compact zoo. It’s in a park in the middle of downtown Atlanta.”

“If you like nature, just a short drive from the city we have the North Georgia Mountains with great hiking. The Appalachian trail actually starts in the north part of Georgia. There’s wonderful driving and scenery and lakes up in the mountains.”

Chris describes some of his favorite neighborhoods and some of his favorite restaurants in the dynamic Atlanta restaurant scene.

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Show Notes

Atlanta, Georgia
Visit Atlanta, Georgia
World of Coca-Cola
Georgia Aquarium
Zoo Atlanta
High Museum of Art
Margaret Mitchell House
Stone Mountain Theme Park
Kennesaw Mountain
Piedmont Park
Peachtree Road Race
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
Georgia Appalachian Trail Club
Atlanta Farmers Market
Buckhead, Atlanta
Buckhead Life Restaurant Group
Fadó Irish Pub
Café Intermezzo
Emory University
Georgia State Capitol
Local Three
57th Fighter Group Restaurant
Chattahoochee River
Restaurant Eugene
Barnsley Gardens
Callaway Gardens
Savannah, GA
MLK National Historic Site
Atlanta Airport
Clermont Lounge


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

2 Responses to “Travel to Atlanta, Georgia – Episode 472”

lee laurino


shall have to listen to this to find out WHAT the author finds so appealing.
after too many years I find Atlanta impossible to enjoy because you either drive to a location in traffic that takes is daunting, no parking when you arrive or attempt to take multiple connection public transportation.
what other city closes the downtown at 5 pm, makes shopping at the mall or eating out the top attractions? I was blasted by another blogger because she thought Atlanta was perfect (she doesn’t live here) it does have good airport connections, it does have public trans. to airport, it does has sports. I have never met anyone who said they planned to vacation here!



Wow, it’s about time. I can’t believe it took 472 episodes, but finally we have one on my town.. the great city of Atlanta.

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