Atlanta holds a special place in my heart as the "City of Angels". When I was travelling solo in US, I've lost count of how many time I've got myself lost. Unfortunately, this is the reality of travelling, but it keeps everyday real. My biggest fears are: 1. Don't have a place to spend a night. 2. Missing transit to my next destination. And I nearly got in all these situations in Atlanta. However angels are everywhere in this city. A girl provided me so much comfort in the bus, a host in Atlanta offered me a place to stay last minute and picked me up at the station half past midnight, another girl led me to the greyhound station even thought she had to miss her home game and her friend scolded her for it! Like they said, everything happened for a reason, I thank God for helping me to restore my faith in unconditional kindness, and I promise to keep the chain going...
Day 1: Downtown
Centennial Olympic Park
Highlight: Fountain of Ring, Engrave Bricks
Take your time and watch a musical fountain show at the Fountain of rings, watch children play in the fountain, or better yet, join in the fun!
Don't forget to check out some interesting places surrounding/near to the Centennial Olympic park: World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Georgia World Congress Center, SkyView Atlanta, the CNN Center, College Football Hall of Fame and Georgia Dome. All within walking distance!
CNNMalaysians who plan to visit CNN building: please grab lunch at the food court and try to find news about Malaysia on the long strips of "important events" thumbnails on the ceiling. Clue for you: It appears not once but twice.
World of Coca-cola
Walk around in Downtown.I did not know where I was going but there were streetcars running around town for free, so I just hopped on.
BuckheadIt took me nearly 2 hours to get to Buckhead ON FOOT! Sure I could've taken a Marta, but walking sounded healthier or I just had too much time to kill?... This is an uptown district of Atlanta. A destination to experience beautiful mansions, high-end dining, shopping and more!
Day 3: Midtown and a little Downtown
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The Walking DeadAre you a fan of the Walking Dead? If you are, you've come to the right city. Join a "Atlanta Movie Tour" for all the behind the scenes stories, or simple google up places of interest and let google map lead you. Its not hard to figure out why Atlanta is the perfect setting for the popular TV series: look at the architecture around, and what did I found? Every corners screaming "Brutalism!" (blank cement walls, harsh looking building, simple plain design...)
*special thanks to Bred for pointing this out to me.
Piedmont ParkA urban park in Midtown it is! Locals come here to jog, play a sport, walk their dogs, bike, skate and spend precious family time. It is "the place to go" to relax your mind and soul (especially after too much visual stimulation+excitement for the pass 6 weeks.)
Botanical GardenSince the Piedmont Park is connected to it, don't leave before checking out the Botanical Gardens too! There were beautiful light installations and exhibition after dark featuring light bulbs on certain days of the week (although, I am not sure it is permanent or on rotation. )
Walk around in Midtown
1. Drink a Coca-Cola fresh from the Coca-Cola world headquarter in downtown.
2. Order an "Arnold-palmer", a half and half mix of iced tea and lemonade.
3. Buy a MARTA Breeze Card for public transport.
4. If you are planning to check out some paid attraction, a Atlanta CityPass will save you a lot of time and money.
5. If you dine in Five Guys Burger, the peanuts at the side of the counter are FREE.
6. Be kind, always.
Thank You for Reading!
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