With the College Football Playoff National Championship coming up on Monday, thousands upon thousands of people from all over the country will be flocking to Atlanta for the game. Some may arrive just in time for kickoff, while others may want to get into town early to see what the city has going on.
If you're one of those people looking to do a bit of exploring before the game, here are 10 things that you can't miss in the ATL!
1. The World of Coke
Experience the history of the world's most iconic beverage. From classic Coca-Cola artwork to a tasting room with more than 100 varieties of Coke from around the world, this place really has it all.
2. The Varsity
The Varsity is so much more than just your stereotypical American fast food cuisine - it's an experience, and for many people, a tradition. Many of our GNT groups enjoy stopping here on tours!
3. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Take a look at Martin Luther King Jr's birthplace. Visit the church where he preached, and pay your respects at the memorial site where he is buried. This site is a wonderful place to reflect on the Civil Rights movement and how it shaped our nation.
4. Atlanta History Center
The Atlanta History Center has a little bit of everything. Explore historic houses, take part in interactive exhibits, and so much more!
5. Centennial Olympic Park
Originally built for the 1996 Olympic Games, this park hosts free weekly concerts and is just a beautiful place to stroll through!
6. CNN Center
At the CNN Center, discover just how the world's largest news network operates. You can take the studio tour, or simply walk inside to get a glimpse of the giant globe and world flag display.
7. The Georgia Aquarium
Aquariums aren't just for kids - anyone will be delighted with a trip to the Georgia Aquarium! It is home to more than 70 habitats and thousands of species of marine mammals.
8. Atlanta Botanical Garden
Check out the southeast's rarest collection of high-elevation orchids, and marvel at the beauty of nature at the botanical gardens of Atlanta!
9. High Museum of Art
Home to over 11,000 pieces, the High Museum of Art is a magnificent building with even more magnificent artwork on the inside.
10. Fox Theatre
This recently restored theatre boasts a classic Moller organ with 3,600 pipes. Head here if you're in the mood for anything entertaining - from a Broadway musical to a comedy show.