Culture & excitement: Atlanta is a great place to visit

By Avery Aguila
Times-News correspondent 

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SkyView Atlanta, a huge Ferris wheel, is a feature of downtown Atlanta. [Avery Aguila / Times-News correspondent

   Atlanta is definitely a city fueled by its people, and with something to do around every corner, it lives up to its previous slogan, “a city too busy to hate.”
The city’s business brings people from all walks of life, and with artists, tourists, and business people alike, Atlanta is definitely a city filled with diversity.
For some, all the commotion can be rather hectic and a hassle to venture through, but the bustling traffic of Atlanta interstates and highways can be avoided by taking the Marta, essentially an above-   ground subway. The Marta can cut down on gas as well, making it the greener choice for those who venture into the city.
Once in the city, those with an interest in news broadcasting can visit CNN’s headquarters less than a block from the Marta station. If you decide to take a tour, expect a ride on the world’s longest   free-standing escalator. The tour takes you down eight tiers of the building, showing you the ins and outs of how CNN goes from the studio to your TV.
Another popular spot to visit is the Georgia Aquarium, which can be reached by a quick stroll through Centennial Olympic park, site of the 1996 summer Olympics. The aquarium is in the heart of the   city and of interest to people of all ages. Its wildlife ranges from oceanic giants, like whale sharks, to the carnivorous piranhas of the Amazon River.For those looking for more excitement, the aquarium  offers a dolphin show. The show times vary depending on the day, but the show never fails to excite. The crowd gasped after every trick, and the performers loved it, too.
For critics and foodies looking for something new, The Varsity, Atlanta’s oldest hot dog shack, is the perfect place. The Varsity is popular with tourists and locals alike, and has been bustling since it opened in 1928. The whole family is sure to enjoy its cheap prices and vintage decor. On the flip side, when it’s busy, it can take as long as 45 minutes to order and be served. But going on the right day guarantees a good meal and a look into the history of modern-day Atlanta.
Downtown Atlanta also offers the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the World of Coca-Cola, SkyView Atlanta, which is a huge Ferris wheel, and the College Football Hall of Fame.
For nature lovers and those who enjoy exploration, Stone Mountain, on the outskirts of Atlanta, is definitely a must-see. Entry to the park is free, but the parking is $20 for the day or $40 for the season. Once in the park, those who are up for a challenge can hike up the mountain, but for the quicker way up, a cable car takes people every 10 minutes. For those who would rather travel around than up, a train takes people on educational tours and explains the history of Stone Mountain.
Atlanta is teeming with culture and with excitement around every corner.

Avery Aguila is rising sophomore at Eastern Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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