Atlanta Named “Place of a Lifetime”

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The October issue of National Geographic Traveler includes Atlanta on its list of “50 Places of a Lifetime,” one of only seven U.S. cities on the list.

Photo by Jonathan Springston, Senior Staff Writer, Atlanta Progressive NewsPhoto by Jonathan Springston, Senior Staff Writer, Atlanta Progressive News

Here’s what the magazine had to say about Atlanta:

For a sprawling city with the nation’s ninth-largest metro area, Atlanta is surprisingly lush with trees—magnolias, dogwoods, Southern pines, and magnificent oaks. Its mix of antebellum architecture and sexy glass high-rises reflects the paradox of the place; Atlanta is an ever-evolving city, honing her identity as she grows. Though steeped in Civil War history and a devotion to Southern hospitality, Atlanta is also a hotbed of upscale shopping, creative cuisine, and an exploding arts scene. Locals are passionate about college and professional sports, but also about foie gras, collard greens, and pecan pie. Neighborhoods like trendy Virginia-Highland and upscale Buckhead share cultural space with alternative Little Five Points and East Atlanta Village. The heart of the southeast has a captivating intersection of liberals and conservatives, blacks and whites. New attractions—the Georgia Aquarium, Atlantic Station, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, and the recently redeveloped World of Coca-Cola—show that Atlanta, ever re-defining itself, has no plans to rest on its laurels.

The magazine includes this personal essay from an Atlanta native espousing the virtues of the city. See the other cities on the list here.

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