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Take in Peachtree Street, including the High Museum of art, where you can peruse collections of modern, African and Southern folk art.

You could easily spend an entire day along Peachtree Street, Atlanta’s throbbing main artery packed with high-profile cultural attractions and unbeatable shopping. Take in a little historic culture, shopping, art and a great meal on this route.

Start in Midtown with a guided tour of the historic Fox Theatre, a wildly fanciful Moorish-revival movie palace that locals lovingly call the Fabulous Fox. Next, fuel up with a hearty Southern lunch (think fried chicken, black-eyed peas and okra) at Mary Mac’s Tea Room two blocks east. Order a glass of sweet tea—“the table wine of the South.”

After lunch, drive north on Peachtree to see up-to-the-minute architecture at Woodruff Arts Center, whose recent expansion is the work of famed architect Renzo Piano. Here you can peruse collections of modern, African and Southern folk art at the High Museum of Art or see a show by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra or Alliance Theatre, winner of the 2007 Tony for regional theater.

Continue on your Peachtree pilgrimage until you come to Buckhead, a stylish and affluent section of town. Fashion boutiques are scattered about the area, including Addiction, where you’ll find fun vintage jewelry and designer clothing for women.

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

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