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Downtown Atlanta

CNN Center

CNN Center, on the southern edge of Centennial Olympic Park, is just one of downtown Atlanta's many attractions.

Downtown Atlanta’s recent revival is focused around Centennial Olympic Park, which was built as a gathering place for the 1996 Summer Games. Spend a day exploring downtown from the quaint eateries to the area’s main attractions.

TWELVE Hotel & Residences Centennial Park
is a gleaming new example of the area’s growth; savor breakfast on its sidewalk terrace before taking in the park’s attractions. CNN Center, on the southern edge of the park, is headquarters of the cable network that put Atlanta on the media map. Take the studio tour, and watch newscasts being prepared and delivered.

Take a stroll to Georgia Aquarium, where you can swim with gentle whale sharks, the world’s largest known fish. Next door is the new World of Coca-Cola, a museum dedicated to Atlanta’s best-loved product. Especially fun is the Taste It! self-service soda fountain dispensing dozens of drinks Coke makes from around the world.

For lunch or dinner, head east of downtown to Dynamic Dish. (Keep your eyes open, or you may drive right by the modest storefront.) Inside is an inventive eatery with a chef who’s not afraid of surprising combinations, like a watermelon and vodka soup. The fare is all organic, and a bargain too.

One block over on Auburn Avenue stands the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the main street of black Atlanta during the segregation era. Tour the home where King was born, see exhibitions on the civil rights movement and visit the firehouse that was home to the city’s first desegregated brigade.

This article has been adapted from the original, which was published in December 2008 by MSP Communications.

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