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Visitors once set foot in Atlanta as the final stop of a state-run railroad, and its name comes from "Atlantica-Pacifica," signifying its importance to rail history. The city burned when General Sherman came through during the Civil War, but was rebuilt to later become one of the South's major centers for commerce and technology.
The Community of Atlanta
Since the Summer Olympics were held here more than 20 years ago, neighborhood revitalization in Atlanta has been a priority. There are 242 officially recognized neighborhood districts in the city, which are highlighted by the Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead areas. Most of the other 230-odd districts are primarily residential.
What to Do in Atlanta
Thousands of species of marine animals inhabit the Georgia Aquarium, situated in downtown near Centennial Olympic Park. A 6.3 million-gallon aquarium is the largest in the world and provides guests with a chance to swim with dolphins and other friendly creatures. You'll also love the informative shows and displays that teach about biology and conservation. Admission starts at $26.95 and goes up depending on when you arrive.
Atlanta's historical place as a hub for the civil rights movement is commemorated in the Center for Civil and Human Rights downtown. View the papers of the late great Dr. King, watch programs about great moments in the movement and learn about efforts today to enhance human rights globally. Tickets are $19.99 for adult admission.
A pair of the only pandas in the U.S. live at the Atlanta Zoo among more than 1,000 different animals from all over the world. See it all for $25.99 for adult admission; discounts are available for children and for purchasing online.
One Place You Shouldn't Miss in Atlanta
If you're a college football fan in any way -- casual to hardcore -- the College Football Hall of Fame should be an important stop on your itinerary. Find your favorites on the giant helmet wall or test your skills in the Indoor Playing Field.
Dining in Atlanta
With more than 3,000 restaurants dotted throughout the city, you won't go hungry when you visit Atlanta. Try Canoe, where ambiance and amazing steaks and house-smoked salmon combine for a near-perfect dining experience. Or, drop by The Porter Beer Bar for the best selection of brews on tap and simple but amazing Belgian Fries.
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