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1. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 8y

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I'll be working near to Atlanta, Georgia this summer season and must admit, I have very little previous knowledge of the place. Obviously I can search for the facts and figures, so I'm hoping people here can give me more personal recommendations on what to see/do on my days off. I like sport and am hoping to attend a baseball game, I like adventure activities, and theme parks, and the outdoors. So tips you can give me are much appreciated :)

2. Posted by zarmaxia (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Atlanta has horrible traffic issues, sort of like going through Manhatten, take public transportation to your events.

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4. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 8y

Atlanta traffic isnt any worse than any other big city. Public transport (MARTA http://www.itsmarta.com/) can be an efficient way around the intown area's. Its not like other big citys though were a transfer from train to bus could be the norm. when transfers are involved its going to be a long journey and time consuming. Atlanta just can't get over the hump of committing to public transport, so it remains great in some points and a pain in others and people just give up and go back to taking their car.

The sports stadiums are all downtown and easy to get to on public transport, if your journey is starting near a MARTA train station. Most people will drive to a MARTA station in the perimeter and take the train in.

joining here could be a good resource for you. http://community.livejournal.com/atlanta/

For the outdoors, head to the mountains. Lots of fantastic places, and sporting activities. The boarders of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee are a couple of hours driving distance and have some of the best white water rafting, climbing and cycling in the country. try this site too if you really want adventure. http://www.trailblazerar.com/

Rog

5. Posted by luckysnap (Budding Member 37 posts) 8y

If you can visualize the Atlanta area as a clock face, the only areas worth seeing or visiting are between 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock, with the exception of Stone Mountain Park and the Airport. The North Georgia mountains(about 1 and 1/2 hours north) are really nice. Try to catch a concert or play at the Fox theater, eat a meal at The Varsity; those are the highlights.

6. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 8y

Thanks for the info so far guys :)

7. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

I agree with luckysnap, although there are some areas just north of downtown and even in downtown itself that are really nice. Generally, its the 10 to 2 areas, though.

P.S. Be sure you know where you are going--and if it says it's on Peachtree street--map it before you go--since there are 137 streets named Peachtree in Atlanta (no kidding).

Enjoy

8. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 8y

Ok I wasnt going to bother saying anything about the 10-2 stuff, but seeing as two people have now mentioned it, I think I need to put them straight for the sake of Atlanta, since it has been my home town for 17 years.

Aquarium downtown, worlds largest, not in 10-2 area

All the sports stadiums, downtown, not in the 10-2 area

Atlanta Zoo, grant Park, just south east of Downtown world famous for gorilla and panda sex!, not in the 10-2 area

Cyclorama and civil war museum just across the street from zoo, not in the 10-2 area

Oakland cemetery just north of the zoo and Grant Park. Atlantas first cemetery with interesting civil war graves, mausoleums and the resting place of Margret Mitchell author of Gone With The Wind, not in the 10-2 area.

Sweet Auburn Street, Atlanta's home of the Blues and area where Martin Luther King preached and lived, downtown, not in the 10-2 area.

Some of the best intown neighborhoods for antebellum architecture and cool neat funky stores and restaurants. Grant Park, East Atlanta Village, Decatur, Oakhurst, Midtown, Ansley, Virginia Highlands...yup non in the 10-2 area.

So whats the 10-2 area got. humm bunch of suburban housing, really bad traffic, bunch of suburban people that are scared to death of downtown in case they see a black person.

Six Flags, Atlantas theme park is on the west side of town...also not in the 10-2 area

9. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 8y

Quoting Dodger

Ok I wasnt going to bother saying anything about the 10-2 stuff, but seeing as two people have now mentioned it, I think I need to put them straight for the sake of Atlanta, since it has been my home town for 17 years.

Aquarium downtown, worlds largest, not in 10-2 area

All the sports stadiums, downtown, not in the 10-2 area

Atlanta Zoo, grant Park, just south east of Downtown world famous for gorilla and panda sex!, not in the 10-2 area

Cyclorama and civil war museum just across the street from zoo, not in the 10-2 area

Oakland cemetery just north of the zoo and Grant Park. Atlantas first cemetery with interesting civil war graves, mausoleums and the resting place of Margret Mitchell author of Gone With The Wind, not in the 10-2 area.

Sweet Auburn Street, Atlanta's home of the Blues and area where Martin Luther King preached and lived, downtown, not in the 10-2 area.

Some of the best intown neighborhoods for antebellum architecture and cool neat funky stores and restaurants. Grant Park, East Atlanta Village, Decatur, Oakhurst, Midtown, Ansley, Virginia Highlands...yup non in the 10-2 area.

So whats the 10-2 area got. humm bunch of suburban housing, really bad traffic, bunch of suburban people that are scared to death of downtown in case they see a black person.

Six Flags, Atlantas theme park is on the west side of town...also not in the 10-2 area

Oww forgot Fox Theatre in Midtown, do go see a show there, the theater is a rescued 1930's building in a Mosque like architecture. During the summer they have older big hit movies.

10. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

Hey, Dodger, I did mention all the good stuff in downtown and just north of downtown.

But thanks for filling in the details. It's always best with the locals post because they know the towns so much better than us visitors.

Enjoy.