As a cultural and economic center of the South, Atlanta’s history runs deep.
Today, its cultural cache spans hip-hop and high-end comfort cuisine, but in 1864 the city was nearly burned to the ground in the American Civil War. Re-emerging as the center of the ‘New South,” Atlanta eventually became an organizing ground for the Civil Rights Movement, led, in part, by one of Atlanta’s most prominent natives, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Within an hour from the city are plenty of opportunities to spend time in nature, such as Springer Mountain, where you can hike from the Appalachian trail’s official southern start.
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What to Eat:
- Visit the world’s largest drive-in restaurant and downtown Atlanta institution, The Varsity. The famously friendly staff will greet you with “What’ll ya have,” to which we recommend replying, “two chilli cheese dogs, a side of onion rings, and a frosted orange.”
- For more premium local fare, visit The Plate Sale, a pop-up dinner series in Atlanta and Athens serving up gourmet goods like cucumber and kohlrabi in shrimp sauce and a pork sausage dish, though the menu changes by the season.
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