Iconic Atlanta

Can't-miss attractions in Georgia's capital city.

Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park

Smart. Beautiful. Fun. Words that might describe a great date can also apply to this Southern capital city. Home to leading industries, natural charm, elegant structures and an array of amusements, Atlanta is where you can make lasting memories. Grab some Southern hospitality with the Atlanta CityPASS, your ticket to saving 46 percent on admission to five attractions.

Here are some top tourist attractions in Atlanta:

Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park Fountain
Centennial Olympic Park Fountain

Splash, stroll or sit for some serious people-watching in the 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park, where art installments, including a five-ringed fountain, commemorate Atlanta’s hosting of the Summer Olympics in 1996.

The hub of the Luckie Marietta District, the park is just a short stroll to Inside CNN Studio Tour, where newscasts are produced. 

World of Coca-Cola, which showcases the brand’s history, bottling and global products. 

Georgia Aquarium, which is the world’s largest aquarium; and SkyView, a Ferris wheel that spins 20 stories above the city.

Midtown Atlanta

The Varsity in Atlanta
The Varsity in Atlanta

“What’ll ya have?” is the battle cry to squash thirst and hunger at The Varsity, the world’s largest drive-in restaurant, which is nestled between Downtown and Midtown and has been serving customers since 1928.

“Gone With the Wind” was composed in Midtown, and the Margaret Mitchell House preserves where the author lived while writing the book.

For contemporary arts, take in a performance at the historic Fox Theatre and peruse exhibits at the High Museum of Art.

Both the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden and 211-acre Piedmont Park offer the respite of green space in all seasons.

Buckhead

Stock up on thoroughly modern fashions and goods at Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza.

Then, time-travel in Buckhead at the Atlanta History Center's 33 acres of exhibitions, historic houses and gardens.

Sweet Auburn Historic District

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park

Honor the life and teachings of a great leader and explore Atlanta’s role in the civil rights movement at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park located in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood, just one of 18 significant historic sites and parks in Georgia.

Grant Park

“Ooh” and “aah” at adorable pandas, elephants and gorillas at Zoo Atlanta.

Stroll through garden-like Historic Oakland Cemetery, keeping an eye out for the names of famous residents, including author Margaret Mitchell, golfer Bobby Jones and Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first African American mayor.

Published: April 2014