Caroline Eubanks has lived everywhere from Charleston to Sydney, but continually finds herself drawn back to her place of origin: Atlanta, Georgia. She shares her hometown pride on her blogs Caroline in the City and This Is My South and now she’s sharing some of her hard-won insider secrets with the Intelligent Travel community.
Atlanta is My City
Spring is the best time to visit my city because it’s not too hot yet, there are plenty of festivals going on, and baseball season begins.
The boutiques of Virginia Highland are the places to buy authentic, local souvenirs, namely cleverly designed local T-shirts.
If there’s one thing you should know about getting around my city, it’s that both traffic and public transportation are terrible. There’s no good solution yet.
The best place to spend time outdoors in my city is Piedmont Park, our answer to New York City’s Central Park.
My city really knows how to celebrate July 4th because we host the Peachtree Road Race, the largest 10-K race in the world, followed by a day full of parties.
You can tell if someone is from my city if they avoid using the terms “Hotlanta” and “The ATL” at all costs.
Just outside my city, you can visit the Buford Highway Farmers Market, the city’s corridor of international cuisine.
My city is known for being home to the world’s busiest airport, but it’s really the capital of the New South.
The best outdoor market in my city is the Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market, which sells all manner of food and drinks.
To find out what’s going on at night and on the weekends, check out the Creative Loafing site.
If my city were a celebrity it’d be Ted Turner because he’s opinionated, yet reserved.
Bank of America Plaza is my favorite building in town because it’s the first thing I spot when I’m flying home.
The most random thing about my city is that Coca-Cola was developed here.
Restaurants where international cuisine meets soul food could only happen in my city.
In the spring you should go to one of the city’s many festivals. The Dogwood Festival is my favorite.
In the summer you should grab a float, some friends, and beers, and “shoot the Hooch,” (the Chattahoochee River), to cool off.
In the fall you should enjoy the kitsch of the North Georgia State Fair.
If you have kids (or are a kid at heart), you won’t want to miss the Georgia Aquarium. It may be touristy, but it’s that way for a reason!
The best book about my city is Gone with the Wind.
In 140 characters or less, the world should heart my city because it’s nothing like what you’ve heard and everything you wouldn’t expect.
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