Travel Nursing Assignments: Live Like A Local – Atlanta!


Welcome to Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia’s capital and also the largest city in the state, is one of the most densely forested cities in the US, and is known as the capital of the South. It has a diverse population, and attracts visitors and residents because it’s a financial and commercial hub, but also because it is a cultural metropolis with a wealth of things to do and see.

While it is famous for being the home of the world’s busiest airport, it is also renowned for its museums, galleries, colleges, and public figures – Martin Luther King Jr, the driving force of the Civil Rights movement, was born and raised here.

The city has amazing shopping, premium cocktail and wine bars, and incredible restaurants, which makes it a hot spot for foodies – its cultural diversity means it is full of culinary delights ranging from southern staples, to top quality modern cuisine, to traditional world food eateries.

Around the City

Not only is Atlanta 90 miles from the Blue Ridge Mountains and many other trails, lakes and state parks – it is also a goldmine for hikers and walkers who want awesome tracks readily available in their city centre.

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Piedmont Park, near the Downtown area, is one of the largest urban parks in the nation. It boasts around 180 acres of open space, in which there are walking/running trails, tennis courts, fitness classes, a pool, a community garden, playgrounds, cafes, history tours, a dog park, an excellent Saturday food market (aaand breathe), plus many events and festivals to attend throughout the year. It’s also the home of the Park Tavern, where you can get all manner of delicious things to eat such as sushi, oysters, burgers and tacos. Grab a beer and go sit outside on the patio by one of their fire pits, and soak in the atmosphere and park views.

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There is also the BeltLine, an urban development program and pedestrian and cycle path that covers the Downtown area. It is opening in phases and is expected to be completed by 2030, but as of 2016, “the Atlanta BeltLine consists of four open trails; two trails under construction; seven parks; intensive planning for modern streetcar expansion; more than $3 billion in private economic redevelopment; hundreds of affordable workforce homes; free fitness classes; a linear arboretum; and urban farm; and the largest temporary public art exhibition in the south.”

Entertainment

As most people know, Atlanta is a hugely popular film-production center and the home of Coca Cola. For the classic tourist attractions, you can’t miss the CNN tours, the World of Coca Cola museum, and the Georgia Aquarium, which is one of the world’s largest. However, there are museums and art galleries in abundance, plus a huge Six Flags amusement park, and Skyview Atlanta, the city’s premier Ferris wheel which towers over 20 stories above Centennial Park and offers panoramic views across the city.

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Atlanta is also infamous for its breweries, pubs and beer festivals, so is a must-visit city for craft beer lovers – there is even a dedicated Beer Bus Tour in operation!

Food and Drink

For the best burgers in town, locals recommend The Vortex Bar & Grill – choose from two fun and gimmicky locations, one of which is entered through a giant skull. For fast food, head to The Varsity – an Atlanta institution and “the world’s largest drive-in restaurant”.

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For a more upmarket dining experience, Six Feet Under pub and fish house serve up mouthwatering food with breathtaking views of the city skyline from the rooftop bars at both locations in the city.

And for true fine dining, Restaurant Eugene is culinary gem from restauranteur power couple Linton and Gina Hopkins (head chef and sommelier, respectively). It is a sophisticated, farm-to-table, local-pantry restaurant, which offers modern food with southern twist, expertly paired with fine wines.

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