You're in the home stretch now, so take it easy. Over the busy first 3 days, juggle the above suggestions as you see fit. Enjoy your fourth and final day in the city by taking in the home of the Atlanta Braves baseball team, some Civil War history, and the beautiful collections of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the High Museum of Art. Start: Turner Field (drive or MARTA to Georgia State University station).
Take I-75/85 to exit 246 Fulton St./Turner Field; left on Fulton St.; right on Capitol Ave./Hank Aaron Dr. Using MARTA, take train to Georgia State University station and less than a mile on Capitol Ave. to:
1. Turner Field
Even if it isn't game day in Atlanta, Turner Field has a lot to offer visitors year-round, including stadium tours, a Braves Museum and Hall of Fame, and Cartoon Network's Tooner Field playground for kids.
Take I-75/85 N. to exit 250 10th/14th sts.; merge onto Williams St. NW and turn right on 10th St. NW; left on Charles Allen Dr. NE; slight left at Park Dr. NE and gardens are on the right. For MARTA, take train to Arts Center station and bus 36 (bus 27 from Monroe or Lindbergh stations on Sun) to:
2. Atlanta Botanical Garden
Occupying 30 acres in the heart of the city, Atlanta Botanical Garden is home to the 25,000-square-foot Fuqua Orchid Center, a must-see at this attraction. Other highlights include the misty Tropical Rotunda with its exhibit of Central and South American poison dart frogs in colors and patterns you'd never imagine on such a creature. An English herb knot garden and the children's garden are also big draws.
It's a good 45-min. drive to the next stop, depending on traffic. Take I-75 N. to exit 273 for Wade Green Rd.; left on Wade Green Rd., and continue on Cherokee St. NW to destination. There is no public transportation from Atlanta to:
3. Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
Operated in association with the Smithsonian Institute, the museum marks the site where the wild adventure known as the Great Locomotive Chase began during the Civil War. The museum is located in a former cotton gin and houses the General, the locomotive from the aforementioned chase, as well as Civil War artifacts, memorabilia, and photographs.
Head west on Cherokee St. NW; left on S. Main St./Old Hwy. 41, and continue to intersection with Stilesboro Rd. NW. Follow entrance signs to park. No public transportation available to:
4. Kennesaw Mountain/National Battlefield Park
Established in 1917 on the site of a crucial Civil War battle in the Atlanta campaign of 1864, Kennesaw Mountain covers nearly 3,000 acres, including a visitor center, which is where your visit should begin. Start with the 20-minute film about the battle and view Civil War artifact exhibits before hiking the trails to see actual Confederate entrenchments and earthworks.
Take I-75 S. toward Atlanta; exit 250 16th St.; right at 16th St.; right at Market St. NW; right at 17th St. NW; and right on Peachtree St. NE. Or, take MARTA to the Arts Center station and a covered walkway to:
5. High Museum of Art
Atlanta's finest art museum, the High is home to extensive permanent exhibits featuring 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, a collection of American decorative arts, and Italian paintings and sculpture from the 14th through the 18th centuries. The High is also host to major traveling exhibitions each year, such as a recent exhibit on loan from the Louvre, a Dalí exhibit, and one of work by iconic 20th-century photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Take I-75/85 S. to exit 248A MLK Dr.; keep right and merge onto Butler St.; right on Decatur St. SE; right at Grant St. SE; left at Biggers St. SE, which veers right and turns into Oakland Ave. SE. Or, take MARTA to the King Memorial station near:
6. Oakland Cemetery
Oakland Cemetery can be visited any time of day, but it's especially intriguing in the evening light. If you're visiting during the long light hours of summer, consider picking up a meal from the nearby aptly named Six Feet Under restaurant or other eateries in the vicinity. It might seem weird, but folks frequently enjoy picnics on the grounds, surrounded by both the dead and the exquisite monuments to life in this Victorian cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places.
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