If you've long admired the nation's 39th president, you'll want to plan a detour to his Atlanta landmark. Covering more than 70,000 sq. ft., the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum offers a very detailed look into the life of President Carter, from his upbringing to his years as a Georgia state senator, then governor, and finally president, right up to his present-day role as a globetrotting promoter of peace. Visitors can sit in a replica of Carter's Oval Office as his voice narrates the scene via a recording. Visitors can explore the trinkets and gifts bestowed on Carter by dignitaries, and peruse memorabilia from his campaigns and years in the White House. If reading is more your forte, there are 27 million pages of documents and correspondence to thumb through, as well as 1.5 million photographs, and hundreds of hours' worth of audio footage and videotapes. There are some quirky elements to the exhibits, such as a display of every sweater President Carter wore in TV appearances and interviews. Save a little time to walk the expansive grounds—spanning 30 acres, they're filled with gardens, waterfalls, and ponds—and to have a beer out on the Copenhill Café patio. Allot plenty of time to explore the premises; you'll need at least 2 hrs., though many history buffs stay as long as five. If you're hoping for a sighting of the Georgia-born politician, who still resides locally, stop in at nearby Manuel's Tavern (602 N. Highland Ave. NE), where he's a frequent fixture.
- Kristin L. Luna