Satisfy your appetite for culture with a trip to Coca-Cola HQ, home to the world famous fizzy drink. Absorb Atlanta's charming neighbourhoods before making your way down to New Orleans. The land of bayous, steaming pots of gumbo, sweet, golden beignets and intoxicating currents of Jazz swirling along the length of New Orleans' Bourbon Street.
City of eternal revivals, Atlanta had to rebuild its streets after the civil war and its reputation after the civil rights movement. Today it promises modern attractions, but still reflects on its past at sights like Stone Mountain Park’s huge Confederate Memorial Carving, and Atlanta Cyclorama, home to the world’s largest painting, The Battle of Atlanta.
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Even Atlanta’s amusements have an air of bygone times. You can ride the hand-carved horses of the 1908 Riverview Carousel and historic wooden rollercoaster at Six Flags Over Georgia – although many stick to state-of-the-art alternatives like the Acrophobia drop tower, where you fall face first from 20 stories up, and Six Flags White Water’s aqua park thrill-slides.
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The Big Easy isn’t just for Mardi Gras: this Creole and Cajun infused city’s party feel, jazz and blues sounds, and ornate sights are sense-striking all year. It’s a city of rich images, from the wrought-iron balcony strung streets of the French Quarter, to the old paddlewheel steamboats sailing along the Mississippi River, as jazz fills the air.
Once you’ve listened to live music, sipped cocktails, and tried sugar-strewn beignets, over-spilling po-boys, and oysters in the tourist trail favourites of Bourbon Street and its French Quarter neighbours, head to more authentic Frenchman Street, take a streetcar to the Garden District, and escape the city with an airboat swamp tour in the Louisiana bayou.
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