Georgia Magazine - February 2010 - (Page 12)

©2010, KEVIN C. ROSE/ATLANTAPHOTOS.COM Oh, Atlanta! BY KATHLEEN WALLS W Centennial Olympic Park For a map of these map of these For a “don't-miss” Atlanta destinations, “don’t-miss” Atlanta destinations, see page 16A. see With gas prices high and parking at a premium, what better time to leave the driving to someone else? See all of the favorites of this upbeat Southern city without breaking the gas budget or fighting Atlanta’s freeway traffic. For just $15 for a week or $9 for two days, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) visitor’s pass allows unlimited system-wide traveling on MARTA. Atlanta’s newest treasure, the Georgia Aquarium, is located in the heart of downtown facing Centennial Olympic Park. The park, an attraction in itself, acts as a plaza, not only for the aquarium, but also for the National Museum of Patriotism, World of Coca-Cola, CNN and Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta. City Segway Tours, located across the street from the park, is another way to save your feet and get a great overview of Atlanta. Segway tour guide Jamaine Washington, pictured on page 13, is very patient when explaining how to handle the machine. “Even if you’ve never ridden one, you will soon be zipping along,” he says. The three-hour tour takes visitors to most of the main attractions. They can also visit places that have become local traditions such as The Varsity restaurant, the World’s Largest Drive-in. “Varsity serves all those foods that give you a heart attack—hot dogs, fries, burgers—but they’re so good, you want to eat them anyway,” Jamaine observes. (Read more about The Varsity in Georgia Cooks, page 26.) If you stay downtown, you can walk to most downtown attractions. The Peachtree MARTA station is located next to the Ellis Hotel. This station and the Georgia Dome Station are the two closest to downtown attractions. No matter where you are, from any station, you can connect to almost anywhere in the metro Atlanta area. With more 100,000 animals of 500 different species, the Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest. Entered from the central atrium, the aquarium’s five galleries, Georgia Explorer, River Scout, Ocean Voyager, Coldwater Quest and Tropical Diver, offer an in-depth GEORGIA MAGAZINE KATHLEEN WALLS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - February 2010

Georgia Magazine - February 2010
Picture This?
Oh, Atlanta!
Good Stewards
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks

Georgia Magazine - February 2010