Sunday, November 6, 2016

Atlanta - The Alpha city of the world

Explorer Lens
Atlanta, the capital and most populous city of Georgia is also one of the largest cities of USA.
It is known to have significant impact in areas of finance, technology, media, art and entertainment.
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, known locally as Atlanta Airport is one of the busiest airports of the world.

I was always excited to visit Atlanta as it has one of the biggest downtowns in USA and it also gave me an opportunity to meet 2 renowned bloggers, the power packed couple, very generous and amazing personalities, Archana and Desh Kapoor and few of my friends.

Finally the day came and I packed my bags for the longest drive of my life at a single stretch.
From Jacksonville, the city where I stay, Atlanta is around 560 km or 350 miles approx.

The road trip is not that scenic but the rocking bollywood songs kept my mood and spirits high.
After 7 hours of journey I reached my friend’s place, which is in Alpharetta, 30 mins drive from Atlanta.

It was great to see him after long time, 15 minutes later we were on our way to explore
 “The Alpha City of USA”, Atlanta.

Attractions to explore in Atlanta
1. Downtown
For everyone it is the aquarium but for me the first thing that’s amazing about Atlanta is it’s
     iconic buildings with artistic architecture. As I mentioned earlier it proudly owns one of the
     biggest downtowns in USA and I loved it thoroughly.

2. Georgia Aquarium
    Georgia Aquarium proudly owns the tag of being the best Aquarium in USA.
    It is also one of the largest aquariums in the world.
    500 marine spices from all over the world, excellent shows, behind the scene
    tours and great interactive activities with the beautiful animals makes this Aquarium the
    top attraction of Atlanta. I skipped this as I had already visited SeaWorld in Orlando which is super
    duper awesome, I still remember those Killer Whales jumping all over the place.

3. World of Coca-Cola
Well first thing, this place is a worth visit not only for Coca-Cola lovers but for everyone.
     It is quite an interesting museum about Coca Cola, one of the most popular brands of the world.
     Walk through the history and attend some awesome interactive movies.
     Get to drink as much coke as you want. Another plus point, the stuff is friendly and quite 

4. SkyView Atlanta
SkyView Atlanta is a 200 feet tall Ferris wheel which gives you breathtaking views of Atlanta.
    The ticket is reasonably priced. You would not miss a single view as this wheel covers 8 circles 
    before dropping you off.

5. Parks
Atlanta Botanical Garden, Piedmont Park and Centennial Olympic Park are the 3 main attractions 
     for all nature lovers. From Piedmont Park you can get awesome views of Downtown. Centennial 
     Olympic Park is famous for hosting lot of concerts and shows.

6. Philips Arena
Whenever you land in Atlanta, always check out Philips Arena as it is famous for hosting some of 
     the top most concerts, music shows, WWE events and sports games.

Finally for all Indians who want to get a feel of India, visit Patel Plaza which is home to Patel Store, variety of Indian restaurants and Indian shops. 

After filling my tummy with some lip smacking Indian food, we drove our way back to home.
I wished my friend goodnight and drove towards Kapoor’s Vila where Archana and Dev were waiting for me.
When we met, it didn’t feel like we are meeting for the first time but have known each other for years.
It was a memorable stay with them, felt being at home J

Next day I started my way back to Jacksonville and guess what, I covered 560 km in 5.5 hours, non-stop.
A small accomplishment for the adventure seeking traveler and driver in me. \m/

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