Travel by Car: Atlanta


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Famous for peaches, peanuts, the Atlanta Braves and President Jimmy Carter, Atlanta bustles with activities for the family.

Centennial Olympic Park, built for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, offers plenty of outdoor space for walking and playing. Kids can cool off at Fountain of Rings on summer days. Right next door, Georgia Aquarium, the world's largest, offers more than 9 acres and 8 million gallons of undersea exhibits. Don't miss the beluga whales, whale sharks and manta rays.

Quench your thirst at World of Coca-Cola, a museum and interactive experience in one. Try more than 100 Coke flavors from around the world, watch a short film titled "Moments of Happiness," view the world's largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia and learn about the legend of the secret Coca-Cola formula in the Coca-Cola 4-D theater. Be sure to stop by the Coca-Cola Store for a souvenir. Buy an Atlanta CityPass at worldofcoca-cola.com to access the World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio Tour, Fairbank Museum of Natural History or High Museum of Art, and Zoo Atlanta or the Atlanta History Center and Margaret Mitchell House.

Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site to learn about the life and legacy of this iconic civil rights leader. You'll see his birth home, the church where he preached and the memorial site where he is buried. Admission and parking are free.

For heart-pounding thrills, Six Flags Over Georgia features high-action family fun. The largest theme park in the Southeast offers rides for guests of all ages. Bring your swimsuit so you can enjoy waterpark rides to beat the heat on hot days.

Explore 3,200 acres of preserved land at Stone Mountain Park. Take the Summit Skyride to the top of this 825-foot granite wonder for an up-close look at the mountain's Confederate Memorial carving. Ride a train or take a paddlewheel riverboat cruise for a 360-degree view of the mountain.

No trip to Atlanta is complete without a meal at the largest drive-in fast food restaurant in the world, The Varsity, famous for its chili cheese dog and fried pie. For more ideas, go to atlanta.net.


Road trip bonus: Atlanta is a bustling city easily reached in less than five hours from Charlotte's center city by Interstate 85 South. On your way to Atlanta make a stop at Ty Cobb Museum in Royston, Ga., to learn about the greatest baseball hitter of all time.

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