Before Atlanta got its final name, it was called Terminus after the railroad hub it represented, and then Marthasville after the daughter of a Georgia governor. Still, whatever you call it, the city has been at the center of American history from the Civil War to Atlanta’s resurgence as the unofficial capital of the New South. What better place to study important events? Here are 5 of our favorite local spots for learning about the past.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park: In one visit, you’ll be able to see places where Dr. King was born, lived, and is buried. That includes the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Fire Station No. 6, and Dr. and Mrs. King’s tombs, as well as the exhibits at The King Center.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum: Of course, Atlanta is also home to the presidential library of Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Be sure to visit the replica of the Oval Office.
World of Coca-Cola: On a lighter note, how about exploring the story of the world’s most famous soft drink that started as a fountain beverage first served at a pharmacy in Atlanta. You can also sample more than 100 different beverages in the tasting room.
Atlanta History Center: If the Swan House looks familiar, it may be because you saw it in the Hunger Game movies. This 33 acre institution features special exhibitions, Olympic Games memorabilia, historic houses and gardens, and year round programs for all ages.
CNN Studio Tours: For a global perspective, no history buff or news junkie would want to miss touring the CNN Studios. As a bonus, you’ll also get to take a ride on the world’s longest freestanding escalator.
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