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Atlanta is the capital of and the most populous city in the state of Georgia. It was established in 1847 at the intersection of two railroad lines, and quickly grew as a transportation and distribution hub. During the American Civil War, Atlanta was a target of the Union Army because of multiple railroad lines, and the majority of it's buildings were ordered to be burned by General Sherman in 1864. After the war, Atlanta was re-built and experienced an unprecedented period of growth. The city played a major role in the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, acting as an organizing center for key figures including Dr. Martin Luther King and Ralph David Abernathy. Atlanta also played host to the 1996 Summer Olympic games.

Atlanta, while very much in the South, has a culture that is no longer strictly Southern. This is because in addition to a large population of migrants from other parts of the U.S., many recent immigrants to the U.S. have chosen to make the city their home, making Atlanta one of the most multi-cultural in the nation. The city offers a variety of cultural activities, ranging from opera, ballet and theater. There are also a number of museums and gardens in and around Atlanta.

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World of Coca Cola Museum:
Coca Cola MuseumThe World of Coca-Cola features more than 1,200 artifacts from around the world that have never been displayed to the public before. You can also expect to see interactive exhibits such as a 4-D movie and a gallery dedicated to Coke and pop culture. And of course, you will have the opportunity to sample over 60 different beverages from around the globe. All this and much more make the World of Coca-Cola a unique and must-see Atlanta experience!

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Centennial Olympic Park:
Old Town SquareCentennial Olympic Park is a 21 acre public park located across the street from the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. The park was built by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) as part of the infrastructure improvements for the Centennial 1996 Summer Olympics. The park plays host to millions of visitors a year and several events, including a summer popular music concert series and an annual Independence Day concert and fireworks display.

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CNN World Headquarters:
Charles BridgeStaffed 24 hours, seven days a week by a dedicated staff in both Atlanta and in bureaus worldwide, CNN relies heavily on a global team of almost 4,000 news professionals. Individuals have the opportunity to tour CNN's headquarters, which is the largest of it's 48 bureaus worldwide. The tours include learning how a live broadcast is produced, a visit to the working studios and newsrooms of CNN and catching a glimpse of CNN's next-generation HD studio.

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