On your first 2 days, see as many of the sights described in the other itineraries as a comfortable pace allows. While many of your sightseeing decisions may be based on the weather -- Atlanta summers can be scorching, making indoor attractions more appealing -- you certainly won't want to miss Stone Mountain Park on day 3. You can, however, pass an entire day here, taking in all the activities and dining on-site. Start: Stone Mountain Park (drive).
Take I-85 N. to I-285 E.; then exit 39B for U.S. Hwy. 78 E.; and exit 8 for Stone Mountain Park. There is no public transportation from the city to Stone Mountain Park.
1. Stone Mountain Park
Georgia's number-one tourist attraction, Stone Mountain Park has lots of things to do, including visiting Crossroads, a re-created 1870s southern town with costumed characters, craft demonstrations, and diversions for kids, including the Treehouse Challenge and the Great Barn. The park's Sky Hike attraction is a family-friendly adventure course that allows visitors to "walk" through the treetops. There are also an Antique Car and Treasure Museum and cruises on the Scarlett O'Hara paddlewheel riverboat. In summer, be sure to stay late and see the laser show -- it's truly one of a kind.
From the park, take U.S. Hwy. 78 W. for 15 miles; left at Boulevard NE; left on Freedom Pkwy. Using MARTA from downtown, take train to Five Points station and a Noble bus 16 to:
2. Jimmy Carter Library & Museum
If you opt out on a morning in the park, or even if you don't, plan to tour the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum. Here you'll find an impressive collection of some 27 million pages of documents, memoranda, and correspondence, as well as 1.5 million photographs from Carter's White House years.
Head north on Freedom Pkwy.; left on Ponce de Leon Ave.; right on Peachtree St. Or, take MARTA to the Midtown station and walk 1 block east to:
3. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum
Affectionately referred to as "the dump" by Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell, her former residence and adjoining museum give great insight into this intriguing author who met with an early demise. Guided tours of 60 and 90 minutes are scheduled throughout the day.
Head north on Peachtree St. and take a left on Spring St. NW to:
4. Center for Puppetry Arts
If you're traveling with kids, you may choose to forgo the Carter Library and Mitchell House Museum and instead spend the afternoon at the Center for Puppetry Arts. In addition to its permanent exhibits and regular performances, this attraction now displays a number of Jim Henson's Muppets, part of the collection of more than 500 Henson puppets and scenes from The Muppet Show and Sesame Street.
Head south on Spring St. NW; turn left on 17th St. NW; turn right on Peachtree St. NE; turn left on Ponce de Leon Ave. NE; left on Clifton Rd. On MARTA, take the train to the North Avenue station, then board bus 2 for Ponce de Leon Ave. Ask the driver to drop you at the corner of Clifton Rd. Walk down Clifton Rd. to:
5. Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Adults don't have to have a kid in tow to enjoy all the Fernbank Museum of Natural History has to offer, including an IMAX theater and a complete mounted skeleton of the largest dinosaur ever found, the Argentinosaurus. A number of permanent exhibits include one highlighting Georgia's landscape, from the Piedmont Plateau to the Okefenokee Swamp.
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