Atlanta is the capital of the U.S. state of Georgia. It played an important part in both the Civil War and the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Atlanta History Center chronicles the city’s past, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is dedicated to the African-American leader’s life and times. Downtown, Centennial Olympic Park, built for the 1996 Olympics, encompasses the massive Georgia Aquarium.
Some fun facts:
Atlanta was the only city in North American destroyed as an act of war. (General Sherman burnt it to the ground.) Only 400 buildings survived. That’s why the city’s symbol is a phoenix.
One of the largest Hindu temples outside of India is located in the Atlanta metro area.
It was once illegal to put an ice cream cone in your back pocket in Atlanta. Atlanta also outlawed tying a giraffe to a telephone pole.
It’s The World Headquarters to major corporations you’ve done business with. Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, UPS and Home Depot are all headquartered in Atlanta, just to name a few. Oh yes, and CNN! Hello Anderson Cooper!!!