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Atlanta travel guide: Where to go and what to eat

Home to a vibrant plethora of things to do and places to eat, Atlanta beckons visitors to this southern capital with teams like the Atlanta Braves and places like The Coca Cola Museum. Come and experience the tastes and adventures of The Big Peach. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Red Phone Booth is both an eatery and an experience in Atlanta. Step inside the iconic red phone booth to enter this speakeasy. However, without the proper code, you will not gain entrance to this prohibition-era cigar bar and restaurant. This is designed to mimic the days when prohibition was rampant, and southerners devised ingenious ways to get their liquor. Large leather sofas, a crackling fireplace, and billiards complete the ambiance. Order up cocktails from Bob, (voted ‘best bartender’) like the ‘Never Say No’ or the ‘French 75’. There is an extensive list. Dinner is served until 10 pm. A large walk-in humidor provides plenty of cigar choices, which guests can smoke inside the establishment.

Gunshow offers a unique dining experience to guests. Chef Kevin Gillispie and his staff are center stage, open for guests to watch as they prepare from a daily menu. The creators then offer their item to guests, who can accept or wait for another creation. The mixologists work their magic, concocting drinks with black salted rims, or a split green pea in a beautiful jade-colored cocktail. Don’t miss the desserts – banana puddings or cardamom meringue are top-notch. Foodies will love this one-of-a-kind experience.

Georgia Aquarium is world-famous for being the largest aquarium on the eastern hemisphere. Here, guests can see whale sharks, seahorses, and a multitude of marine life as they visit the dolphin celebration, the sea lion shows, and imagination nights – just to name a few. Visit with Scuba Claus during the holidays, explore behind-the-scenes, or swim with the sharks. There are so many ways to enjoy this 6.3-million-gallon aquarium filled with marine life from around the world. Ticket prices start at about $30 dollars. The Georgia Aquarium is open 365-days a year.

Center for Civil and Human Rights features moving displays, films, and exhibits to emphasize the struggle of the black men and women during the 1960’s in the South. Such things as the Jim Crow laws, segregated schools, and the famous lunch counter, can be better understood after a visit to this place. Tickets start at $21 dollars. This center is located near the aquarium, the hotels, and Coca Cola World attractions.

World of Coca Cola calls Atlanta ‘home’. Here, visitors can explore artifacts, signs, and the history of this world-famous beverage that was born in 1886 right here in Atlanta. Originally sold as a medicinal product for five cents a glass – today this is a beloved beverage around the world. Taste over 100 varieties from countries like Africa. See the Coca Cola Polar Bears. Experience 4D films on the history of the company. Tickets are reasonably priced at $18 dollars.

Come and experience ‘Hotlanta’ for yourself today! And if you feel like you just can’t pull yourself away, reach out to our friends at Suddath, they can help turn this vacation into a staycation! So, get out there and explore. Atlanta is calling, don’t let her have all that fun by herself.

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