Top 3 Places to Visit in Atlanta
While Atlanta might be widely known across the U.S. for its sweaty summers and the busiest airport in the world, there are plenty of other interesting things to do in the city.
The capital of Georgia, Atlanta is also the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and offers various attractions, such as vibrant nightlife, the Fox Theatre and many types of activities you can do with kids. While it is a major commercial hub on one hand, it also serves as a sightseer’s dream. Let’s tell you about the top 3 places you must check out when you’re visiting the city.
Home to Atlanta United FC (of MLS) and Atlanta Falcons (of NFL), Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a multipurpose facility located in Atlanta. A great multitude of reputed offline and online bookmakers give these Atlanta home teams a major edge when they play their games here. It has been constructed fairly recently (opened on August 26, 2017) and replaced the earlier Georgia Dome, which had existed from 1992 to 2016. Mercedes-Benz Stadium also holds the world record for the largest video board, at a massive 62,350 feet. Constructed at the massive cost of $ 1.6 billion, it is also one of five NFL stadiums that has a retractable roof.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Follow the footsteps of one of the most important figures of not just American but world history when you visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. This place was home to the civil rights leader, and he King was born and raised here.
You can also visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. once served as a pastor. The King Center offers a wide range of exhibits related to the Civil Rights Movement, as well as the gravesite of King. Apart from that, there are many other important museums and landmarks, such as Freedom Hall and The Eternal Flame, that jointly give this place the status of a national historic site.
The Fox Theatre is much more than an important performance venue, it’s one of the most iconic landmarks of Atlanta. You don’t need to buy any tickets to enjoy its ornate interiors. The place was originally conceptualized by the Atlanta’s Shriners and its design is based on Spanish and Egyptian architecture, particularly the Alhambra in Granada and Karnak Temple Complex in Luxor.
You’ll be given a comprehensive tour of the theater when you visit, which will acquaint you with the iconic architectural details and many more facts related to the building. These tours happen on Saturdays, Mondays and Thursdays, taking visitors through 10-plus locations inside the building, from the beautifully decorated men’s washroom to the orchestra pit. You can also view the Mighty Mo, the world’s biggest Moller theatre organ (in working condition) too.
The Fox’s praiseworthy designs and mesmerizing performances, from concerts to children’s shows and Broadway plays, are good enough for anyone to recognize it as an important gem in the city of Atlanta.
Photo credit: Fox Theatre by Broadway Tour from Flickr Creative Commons.