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Georgia See And Do

Carter Presidential Center
441 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta , Georgia
30307
Tel: 404 865 7100
www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov

Faithfully preserved records and artifacts from the 39th president's administration are on permanent display at this museum and library, which share a 37-acre campus with the humanitarian-focused Carter Center (not open to the public). Exhibitions focus on presidential or political themes—such as eyewitness accounts culled from the National Archives, like Thomas Jefferson's thoughts at the onset of the French Revolution—and change regularly.

The museum is open Mondays through Saturdays 9 am to 4:45 pm, Sunday noon to 4:30 pm.
The library is open Mondays through Fridays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

CNN World Center
1 CNN Center
Atlanta , Georgia
30303
Tel: 404 827 2300
www.cnn.com/studiotour

Back in 1991, CNN put Atlanta on the map with its real-time Gulf War coverage and its then-revolutionary concept of a 24-hour cable news service. While some programming has shifted to New York City, the global headquarters for the Turner Broadcasting System remains one of this city's most visible institutions. Guided tours provide a behind-the-scenes look at the operation, including a model control center and a blue-screen special-effects studio. Advance reservations are recommended. The walking tour includes several flights of stairs; call ahead to inquire about accessibility for persons with disabilities.

East Atlanta
www.eaca.net

Countercultural by sheer virtue of its being a walking community, East Atlanta is an up-and-coming bohemian neighborhood surrounding the intersection of Flat Shoals and Glenwood avenues. Many of the area's boutiques and bars are within a few blocks, making it a fun area to stroll around on a weekend afternoon. The Earl is the unofficial clubhouse for the area's Pabst set, and its Sunday "dunch"—brunch for late risers that begins at 12 pm—is an integral part of most residents' weekend rituals. Another landmark is the East Atlanta Arts & Antiques Bazaar, which sells modestly priced furniture and housewares from area vendors and artisans.

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street N.E.
Atlanta , Georgia
30309
Tel: 404 733 4444
www.high.org

Part of the Woodruff Arts Center, the High is one of Atlanta's premier cultural institutions and is conveniently located in the city's Midtown arts district. Highlights of its permanent collection include an impressive stash of 19th- and 20th-century American art, such as Chuck Close's Self-Portrait (3 Parts) and Dorothea Lange's White Angel Breadline. The High Museum has also partnered with the Louvre to bring exhibitions from the famed French institution to this Southern city through 2009 (www.louvreatlanta.org). But most visitors are interested in the architecture: The High's original white-on-white Richard Meier building is widely considered the architect's best work, and a three-building expansion, designed by Renzo Piano, opened in November 2005. An added bonus: Santiago Calatrava's Opera House will be going up nearby (www.atlantasymphony.org/symphonycenter/).

Closed Mondays.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
450 Auburn Avenue
Atlanta , Georgia
30312
Tel: 404 331 5190
www.nps.gov/malu

The emotional core of this sprawling city can be found in the Preservation District of downtown Atlanta's Sweet Auburn neighborhood. The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site pays tribute to the city's most famous native son, encompassing three important landmarks: King's childhood home, the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and King's burial site. Guided tours of the home can be arranged through the visitor's center, which also offers interactive exhibits, films, and educational programs throughout the year.

Piedmont Park + Atlanta Botanical Garden
10th and Piedmont Avenue
Atlanta , Georgia
30309
Tel: 404 875 7275
www.piedmontpark.org

This 185-acre green sprawl is often called the Central Park of Atlanta, and not just because of its size: Frederick Law Olmsted's sons, John and Frederick, Jr., consulted on the park's design and were no doubt influenced by their father's landscaped masterpiece. Situated in the heart of Midtown, Piedmont Park has playgrounds, fishing ponds, extensive jogging and bicycle paths, a tennis center, and playing fields that can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis online. It also hosts many outdoor events, including the popular Atlanta Jazz Festival in May, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in April (www.dogwood.org), and the Atlanta Pride Festival in June (www.atlantapride.org). The Atlanta Botanical Garden occupies 30 acres of Piedmont Park's spread and includes one of the world's largest permanent orchid displays and carnivorous-plant collections. A 53-acre expansion and restoration is scheduled to begin in fall 2007; some attractions may be temporarily closed (www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org; closed Mon).

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.