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Interesting Facts about Atlanta

1. Interesting fact: Margaret Mitchell wrote "Gone with the Wind" in Midtown Atlanta in a home that is now a museum. The famous author's final resting place can also be visited at Oakland Cemetery near downtown.

2. There are more than 55 streets in Atlanta that contain the word "Peachtree."

3. The annual Peachtree Road Race that takes place each Fourth of July is the largest 10K foot race in the world.

4. Fun Fact: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest passenger airport offering a location that is just a 2-hour flight away from 83 percent of U.S. cities.

5. Stone Mountain, located about 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta, boasts the world's largest bas-relief sculpture featuring Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis.

6. Weird fact: Local Atlantans use the abbreviations ITP and OTP to distinguish whether they live in the suburbs (Outside the Perimeter) or in the city (Inside the Perimeter. This perimeter is actually the boundary of I-285, which circles the city.

7. Atlanta is one of two cities in the world to be home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners—Martin Luther King Jr. and President Jimmy Carter.

8. Dr. John S. Pemberton invented Coca-Cola in Atlanta in 1886.

9. The Six Flags Over Georgia theme park got its name from the six flags that once flew over Georgia—England, Spain, Liberty, Georgia, Confederate States of America, and the United States.

10. The Varsity in Midtown is the world's largest drive-in fast food restaurant. 

11. Random Fact: Atlanta is the only city in North America that has been destroyed by fire as an act of war.

12. Before garnering its current name, Atlanta was called Terminus and then Marthaville.

Things to See in Atlanta

  1. Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport
  2. Downtown
  3. College Park
  4. DeKalb-Peachtree Airport
  5. Decatur
  6. Midtown
  7. Buckhead

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