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Atlanta is the capital of the U.S. state of Georgia. It played an important part in both the Civil War and the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Atlanta History Center chronicles the city’s past, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is dedicated to the African-American leader’s life and times. Downtown, Centennial Olympic Park, built for the 1996 Olympics, encompasses the massive Georgia Aquarium. Find Atlanta car rentals.
What is Atlanta famous for? The capital city of Georgia is the birthplace of Coca-Cola, which has a museum here all about it. Great family attractions are all within easy reach from downtown, while more remote places like the Stone Mountain Park are often well worth the scenic trip.
How did Atlanta get its name? Atlanta was founded in 1837 as the end of the Western & Atlantic railroad line. It was first named Marthasville in honor of the then-governor’s daughter, nicknamed Terminus for its rail location, and then changed soon after to Atlanta, the feminine of Atlantic.
What is Atlanta Ga best known for? Downtown Atlanta is home to CNN, The World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium and the National Center for Civil & Human Rights.