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52 Reasons To Love North Atlanta

Mary Ellen Vanaken

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Feb 6 31 minutes read

#1 - Atlanta Sports Teams

We love our Atlanta sports teams. Whatever sport is your favorite, Atlanta has a lot to offer and a lot to cheer for!

Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta United FC

#2 - Amazing Golf Courses

The area offers many wonderful golf courses including

The Manor Golf & Country Club

Golf Club of Georgia

The River Club

Atlanta National

#3 - Fantastic Weather!

The climate of Georgia is typical of a humid subtropical climate with most of the state having mild winters and hot summers. 

Learn more about North Atlanta's climate here!

#4 - Shopping

Shop Till You Drop In North Atlanta. North Atlanta offers a variety of shopping opportunities for its residents and visitors. Here are some of our favorites.

Learn more about Great Shopping Opportunites.

#5 - Dining

Grab a bite with family or friends, North Atlanta offers everything in dining choices.

Click below for each of our favorite areas and some of the best restaurants around.

Alpharetta, GA Dining

Cumming, GA Dining

Duluth, GA Dining

Johns Creek, GA Dining

Milton, GA Dining

Roswell, GA Dining

#6 - Schools

As you determine Which North Atlanta Communities Offer The Best Schools and begin researching school districts for your move, be warned: Fair Housing laws make it very difficult for real estate agents to answer your questions because we cannot be perceived as "steering" buyers toward or away from a particular neighborhood in a discriminatory matter. So it's imperative that you do your own homework on school districts.

Below are links to schools in our favorite towns in North Atlanta:




Johns Creek



#7 - Parks

Alpharetta and Milton, Georgia are home to many fantastic parks. Here you will find trails, ballfields, picnic areas, and more. Check out our favorites!

#8 Southern hospitality

Southern Hospitality is the unexpected kindness that is a way of life in the south. People open doors for you, they may refer to you as Sir or Ma'am, say hello as they walk by, restaurant owners may greet you or check on how you like your meal, people will ask you where you are from and how you came to the South, and they may let you pet their dog. It's just a friendly and warm way of life that we just love!

#9 Arts & Culture

In Alpharetta, Georgia one will find a community that provides a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the arts, local culture, history, and more. Here you will be entertained by the Alpharetta Arts Center, the Alpharetta & Old Milton County History Museum, an art gallery, temporary and permanent public art projects, a walking historical marker tour, educational programs, musical experiences, and volunteer opportunities.

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#10 Neighborhoods with different personalities

North Atlanta has experienced great growth and changes over the years and has evolved into its own incredible destination. Known as its own affluent and thriving metropolis, North Atlanta is filled with some of the best neighborhoods, the highest quality public and private schools, luxurious shopping centers as well as popular entertainment and professional sports venues.


#11 Greenway

According to the city of Alpharetta, Georgia,

"A greenway is a linear park. A greenway is about people and the land they love. It is about conservation. It is about recreation and alternative transportation. It is about environmental education. It is about connecting the quality of life Alpharetta now has with the future plan that will help maintain that quality of life. Our greenway is an investment in the future of Alpharetta – an Alpharetta that is green, with open spaces for people as well as natural areas for plants and animals.

The Big Creek Greenway is primarily a 12-foot wide concrete path that meanders through the deciduous woods along Big Creek. The greenway offers an ideal setting for walking, jogging, inline rollerblading, and biking. Dirt mountain bike trails are located on the east side of the creek 2/5 mile south of Webb Bridge Road."

#12 Live Music Venues

Check out 8 of our favorite LIVE MUSIC VENUES in North Atlanta.

#13 Mountains

With the North Georgia mountains just hours from the heart of Atlanta, there's no shortage of scenic views for city dwellers. Check out these 5 favorites!

#14 Lakes

Three Lakes Close to North Atlanta

Lake Lanier - a reservoir in the northern portion of Georgia. The lake encompasses 38,000 acres. Located in Hall, Forsyth, Dawson, Gwinnett, and Lumpkin counties, it is a popular lake for boating and swimming. Many beautiful homes line the shoreline.

Allatoona Lake - is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir on the Etowah River in the northwestern part of the State of Georgia. Most of the north side of the lake remains protected from land development because of its isolated location, mostly blocked by the lake. Here you will find many boat ramps, marinas, and recreation areas.

Lake Acworth - a 260-acre artificial lake located southwest of the city of Acworth, Georgia. It includes a public beach and park.

#15 Growing Tech Scene

According to Business View Magazine 

"Alpharetta is known as the ‘Technology City of the South’. It’s a place where you can get the small-town rural ambiance of quaint shops and horse farms right alongside a fast-moving, high-tech industry akin to Silicon Valley."

Read More About The Tech Scene

#16 History of Alpharetta and Milton.

The history of Alpharetta dates back to the 1830s while Milton became its own city in 2006. You can learn about the local history of each city HERE.

#17 Atlanta Airport

The Atlanta airport is called Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It is one of the busiest but most efficient airports in the world. This is why North Atlanta is one of the most popular destinations for business travelers and more. 


#18 Cost of Living

Alpharetta, Georgia's cost of living is 4% lower than the national average. The cost of living in any area can vary based on factors such as your career, average salary, and the real estate market.

PayScale's Cost of Living Calculator can help you find out more about how your individual needs will factor in when beginning your research to determine how much it would cost you to relocate to Alpharetta, Georgia, or one of our other beloved towns in North Atlanta.

#19 Colleges

The North Atlanta area offers a variety of college opportunities. Here you will find everything from public to private colleges, two to four-year colleges, to technical colleges, and more.  LEARN MORE!

#20 Corporate Headquarters

North Atlanta is that the area provides a wide range of job opportunities. We are proud of the fact that many major corporations have chosen to have their headquarters here in Atlanta. Many of these companies chose Atlanta because of the people, competitive tax incentives, and fantastic quality of life for employeesSEE WHO IS HEADQUARTERED HERE!

#21 Hollywood of the South

According to Time Magazine, "While Hollywood remains the heart of the film industry, Georgia has staked a claim as its Southern campus. In 2016, more major feature films were made in Georgia than in California, according to data from the Los Angeles film office. Movies filmed in the area have dominated the box office in 2018, thanks to Marvel Studios’ recent migration to the Peach State: parts of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp were all shot in Atlanta."


#22 Fairs & Festivals

North Georgia offers a variety of festivals and fairs where you and your family can enjoy art, food, culture, history, music, and more. While we love the events in North Georgia, you will also find festivals and fairs statewide. Check out "Explore Georgia" for a complete list of ones to visit!

#23 Farmer Markets

We love fresh vegetables and produce! 

Check out these three local farmers' markets in the Alpharetta and Milton, Georgia area of N. Atlanta.

1. The Downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from April - November (from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm) in the Alpharetta Town Green area at City Center in front of City Hall on North and South Broad Streets.

2. Moss Hill Farms has organically biodynamically grown local vegetables. Located off Freemanville Road in Milton, they offer a variety of ways to purchase products.

3. Milton Farmers Market is located in downtown Crabapple. They are open April - October every Saturday morning -- weather permitting -- in the City Hall plaza between Council Chambers and Community Place. Attendees can peruse and purchase fresh locally grown produce, special hand-made gifts, one-of-a-kind must-have items for their home, and much more.

#24 - Equestrian Options

North Atlanta offers a number of options for horse lovers. Check out several North Atlanta Equestrian Options.

#25 - Trees of Green

The state of Georgia has over 100 species of evergreen trees and the most popular tree in Georgia is actually the Southern Live Oak. The Live Oak can grow up to 30 feet high and has a lifespan of around 300 years. You will also find other popular trees including the Magnolia, Cedar, Pine, Holly, Hemlock, and Leyland Cypress. North Atlanta and all of Georgia provide shades of green year-round. Another reason we love North Atlanta!

# 26 - Chattahoochee Nature Center

The Nature Center, located on the Chattahoochee River, is a 127-acre family-friendly park. According to their website, their "mission is to connect people with nature. Explore metro Atlanta’s nature destination. Enjoy trails, exhibits, programs, and events on 127 acres of forest, wetland, and river habitat. An experience, unlike any other Atlanta attraction." Located in Roswell, Georgia (just 8 miles south of Alpharetta, the center is open 7 days a week. For more information click  HERE.

# 27 - 9 Weekend Road Trips from North Atlanta

Wanting to plan a getaway with your spouse, family, or friends? Here's a list of some favorite trips that are not too far from the North Atlanta area. ROAD TRIPS!

# 28 - Lake Lanier Islands

According to the Lake Lanier Islands website, Lake Lanier Islands are "less than an hour north of Atlanta on the shores of Lake Lanier. Lanier Islands is a destination, unlike any other resort in Georgia. From the moment you cross the iconic bridge, Lanier Islands’ 1,200 acres of breathtaking natural beauty beckons for your indulgence. Play golf, enjoy luxurious lakeside amenities, and during the Summer, lounge on white sandy beaches, and ride the water slides at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. For the Winter, play in the snow with Snow Tubing at License to Chill Snow Island or visit with Santa and the Elves at Legacy Lodge or stroll through millions of twinkling lights at Margaritaville's, Lakeside Lights Spectacular. "

So pack up the family and friends and head to one of the most talked about resorts in the North Atlanta area. 

# 29 - Alpharetta Food Trucks

The Food Trucks in Alpharetta (located at Old Roswell Street, 37 Old Roswell) offers a variety of cuisine options from April through October. While dining on some unique and favorite foods, guests are entertained by live music and community businesses.  There is limited seating available on the street so it is recommended that attendees bring a blanket or chair and leave pets at home. For more about visit Alpharetta Food Trucks. 

# 30 - Downtown Alpharetta, Georgia

Downtown Alpharetta offers a place to dine, shop, listen to live music, and more. The area expands over 1.72 miles. Surrounding downtown are communities with townhomes, apartments, and single-family homes. Residents can enjoy a short walk into town where they can renew old friendships as well as make new ones. We encourage you to visit Downtown Alpharetta.

# 31 - Cumming City Center

Located on 75 acres just to the west of downtown Cumming, Georgia, the Cumming City Center is made up of unique shops, one-of-a-kind dining opportunities, a community park, and regular entertainment. It truly is a great spot to shop, grab a drink, and sit back and listen to a concert. Learn more HERE.

# 32 - Roswell

Roswell is located in the foothills of the Georgia Mountains, along the northern banks of the Chattahoochee River, and only 20 minutes north of Atlanta. There are many things to see and do in Roswell at all times - from concerts in the square to rafting down the river, you will find everything you need here! Learn more about Roswell dining, neighborhoods, commuting, schools, and more - HERE!

# 33 - Cobb Performing Arts Centre

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is a major performing arts facility in the Cobb County area of North Atlanta. The venue hosts Broadway shows, ballet, concerts, educational shows, family performances, opera, corporate meetings, and events. 

Their mission is " to operate as a world-class facility, creating diverse cultural, educational and entertainment experiences that will promote accessibility to the arts; foster community partnerships that unify the region in support of the arts; fulfill the highest expectations of patrons, performers, and employees; stimulate quality economic growth; and inspire individuals to continually increase their knowledge, patronage and financial support of the arts."

Learn more HERE

# 34 - Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

According to the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, "Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is a 2,965 acre National Battlefield that preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign. Opposing forces maneuvered and fought here from June 19, 1864, until July 2, 1864. Although most famous as a Civil War battlefield, Kennesaw Mountain has a much richer story." Learn more HERE.

# 35 - Camping in North Atlanta

You don't have to go far outside of Atlanta to find some great camping sites. Some of our favorite campsites include the four below. Click on the link for more details about each of the parks:

Stone Mountain Park

Red Top Mountain State Park

Sweetwater Creek State Park

High Falls State Park

# 36 - Day Trips to Wineries

Living in North Atlanta provides an opportunity to enjoy many fabulous wineries. The majority are located in the northern part of the state, and nearly all are within a two hour drive of the Atlanta metropolitan area. Each winery has their own winemaking techniques, and unique wines. Fall is one of the busiest times for the wineries. Nothing like enjoying some cool mountain air and sipping on your favorite wines. Several of the wineries offer tasty treats and/or food trucks. Click on the map to view some of our favorites.

# 37 - Breweries in Alpharetta, Georgia

Currahee Brewing - 25 South Main Street - 770-696-2097. This is a Dog-friendly brewery. Their facility is for test brews and small batch creations and is located across from the city center on Main Street. Here you will find plenty of outdoor seating and a counter service delicious BBQ restaurant next door at Smokejack.

Jekyll Brewing - 2855 Marconi Drive, Suite 350 - 770-549-9635. This is a Dog-friendly brewery. Inspired by Jekyll Island the brewery is located in the Alpharetta City Center. This brewery has food, regular and seasonal brews and entertainment. They were Voted one Atlanta’s top 10 craft beer destinations by

# 38 - Boutique Hotels 

If you're looking for a place to stay the night or weekend here are three of our favorites in the area:

The Hamilton Alpharetta, Curio Collection by Hilton - the hotel states "Our hotel is in the true center of downtown, where brick sidewalks lead to eclectic retail and diverse local dining. Outdoor concerts at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre are five minutes away. Join us for Southern favorites, margaritas, and more across our three casual restaurants. Gatherings are memorable with over 3,000 sq. ft. of chic indoor and patio space."

The Hotel at Avalon, Autograph Collection - according to their website,  "come Discover boutique sophistication delivered with passion at The Hotel at Avalon, Autograph Collection. Your expectations will be surpassed with our location within the resort-inspired Avalon, a perfect destination to sip, shop and stroll. As you explore the area, sing along to live music performances at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre and explore Historic Canton Street in Roswell, Georgia. Afterward, embrace luxury in our timeless rooms and suites, where colors, texture and emotive connection will awaken your senses. Once hunger arises, delight in flavorsome cuisine delivered to your door with our room service or indulge in tempting dishes at our restaurant. During downtime, get active at our outdoor lounging pool and fully-equipped fitness center. Planning an event? Our Alpharetta hotel is home to elegant venues that will bring your grand celebrations and meetings to life. Invoke rest and beauty at The Hotel at Avalon, Autograph Collection, an idyllic haven with Southern roots in charming hospitality."

Even Hotel Alpharetta - Avalon Area, an IHG Hotel - Located near Avalon,  the hotel wants you to "Enter a world of rest and rejuvenation at our hotel in Alpharetta, GA. Our team at EVEN Hotel Alpharetta - Avalon Area is here to make your stay special. And not just because we’re right across the street from Avalon, a community gathering place with shopping, dining, and outdoor Yoga. Here at EVEN, we create a space for you to practice your wellness routine while you’re on the road.

Exercise anytime at our 24-hour athletic studio with WOODWAY treadmills and free weights. Enjoy a meal at EVEN Kitchen & Bar, where dishes like our signature Caprese Salad and handcrafted beverages fuel your day. Unwind after a day spent exploring Avalon with a spa-inspired bathroom, calming bath products, and the softest bed you’ll ever meet."

# 39 Skating Rinks

Here are some of the favorite skating rinks in the North Atlanta area. 

1. The Cooler Alpharetta Family Skate Center offers public skating, ice hockey and figure skating. Here you will find camps, clinics and lessons. For those who love ice hockey, the Cooler provides lessons, a house league, a travel league, and an amateur league. The Cooler also offers beginning and competitive figure skaters a perfect training environment.

2. The Plaza Ice Skating Rink located in Avalon of Alpharetta, their Rockefeller-inspired ice skating rink is a family favorite during the holidays.  Guests will need to book ice skating reservations in advance. According to the Avalon website, "Avalon is a new experience in the timeless art of living well. In the heart of Alpharetta, this sustainably designed, 86-acre community features more than 570,000 square feet of retail, a 12-screen all premium theater, conference center and full-service hotel, Class A office, single-family residences and luxury rental homes. Avalon infuses resort-level hospitality throughout a walkable, seamlessly connected community of shopping, dining, entertainment, living and working. It’s more than just another place to go, it’s a place to be — a hub of activity that delivers the luxury of the modern South."

3. The Ice - located in Cumming, Georgia, "opened in August 2010 with the desire to bring ice sports to Forsyth County and help grow the love of figure skating and ice hockey to people of all ages. Thank you to our many customers, who have, and continue to, attend our public skate sessions, celebrate their birthday with us, and participate in our Figure Skating and Ice Hockey programs."

4. Center Ice Arena - located in Sandy Springs, Georgia, the rink offers public skating, a house league, clinics, classes, party opportunities, and an adult hockey clinic. 

5. Atlanta Ice Forum is located in Duluth, Georgia. According to their website, the rink "operates Georgia's finest two sheet ice skating facility. The ice surfaces are regulation NHL size and the facility boast a full service snack bar, a pro shop,  skate sharpening and repair service, skate rentals (figure and hockey skates), seating for spectators and locker rooms with showers. The Breakaway Grill restaurant"

6. Norcross Roller Hockey "in partnership with Gwinnett Parks and Recreation and Peachtree Booster Club, is a recreational and travel roller hockey program based at the
Mark Ogden Hockey Rink in Pinckneyville Park in Norcross, GA, offering hockey opportunities to those of ALL AGES!"

# 40 Cooking Classes & More!

1. Team Building with Taste - More than 1,500 organizations have chosen this corporate culinary team building venue. While team members build greater trust and familiarity with each other, the group gains cohesion and is set on a path to higher performance. Best Self Magazine has chosen Team Building with Taste as the best team building venue in Atlanta for 2021, 2022 and 2023!

2. A&S Culinary Concepts - a family owned business, Chef Andrew and his wife have lived in Johns Creek for more than 20 years. They offer catering, team building, cooking classes, private events, holiday menus, a store and more. 

3. Flour Power Cooking Studio- according to their website, "All children learn through hands-on discovery. Add the ingredients of fun, energetic adults and the love for home cooked food, and you have stirred up the essence of a Lil' Chef. From preschool to teens, we sizzle up amazing programs such as Birthday Parties, Weekly Classes, Camps, Adult Classes, Corporate Events, Kids Night Out Events and Etiquette Classes!"

4. Young Chefs Academy   - Founder & CEO, Julie Burleson vision is to share her passion for teaching children the joy and value of cooking to children & teens across the globe. The academy offers weekly classes, parties, culinary camps, workshops, field trips and group events. Located in Cumming, Sandy Springs and Marietta/Kennesaw. 

# 41 Taste of Alpharetta

According to the
Taste of Alpharetta website, the event "has become an annual tradition for festival goers, families, and food connoisseurs.At this event you can dine in Downtown Alpharetta at over 60 restaurants in one, fun night. Sample delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from the top chefs in town. Enjoy culinary demonstrations, activities for all ages and entertainment to please every palate.Taste of Alpharetta also is dedicated to the many facets of the local food system, including local restaurants, growers and producers, educators, distributors, innovators, and food rescuers."

Save the Date for the 2024 Event - THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2024 - 5-10PM


# 42 Fourth of July!

Celebrating the 4th with family and friends - There is so much to choose from when it comes to Fourth of July in North Atlanta. 

The day starts out with the country's largest road race. The Peachtree Road Race takes place along the course’s 10-kilometer route from Peachtree Road at Lenox Square Mall to Piedmont Park.  The race has been know to have over 150,000 spectators and 60,000 plus participants. You've got to see it to believe it!

North Atlanta continues the day with celebrations such as local city parades and cookouts. And of course there is no better way to end the day than with Fireworks displays. The area offers everything from small park fireworks to large displays such as the one you will find at the Centennial Olympic Park.

# 43 The Christmas Season

The North Atlanta area offers a variety of ways to celebrate the Christmas holidays. We have everything to make the season merry and bright. Here you will find holiday performances, Christmas light displays, Christmas tree farms, Santa appearances, ice skating rinks, crafts shows and more. Below are just a few of our favorites this 2024 season:

Holiday Performances:

1. Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting  - Powder Springs, GA

2. Roswell Winter Puppets: The North Pole Fa La La La Follies  - Roswell, GA

3. Home For The Holidays - Milton, GA

4. White Christmas  - Sandy Springs, GA

5. Historic Norcross Christmas Village  - Norcross, GA 

Christmas Light Displays:

1. Lights Over Alpharetta - Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

2. Roswell Christmas Tree Lighting  - Roswell, GA

3. Christmas tree lighting/Free s’mores!   - Norcross, GA

4. Holiday Lights  - Dunwoody, GA 

5. Garden Lights, Holiday Nights presented by Invesco QQQ - Atlanta, GA

Christmas Tree Farms:

1. Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm  - Cumming, GA

2. Deerwoods Chritsmas Tree Farms - Ballground, GA

3. Thompson Tree Farm  - Lawernceville, GA

4. Cocker Tree Farm - Marietta, GA

5. Christmas Tree Farm  - Sandy Springs, GA

Santa Appearances:

1. Jingle Mingle  - Historic Downtown Gainesville Square

2. City of Alpharetta Tree Lighting  -  Town Green Stage Alpharetta

3. Celebrate Santa - North Point Mall Alpharetta

4. Santa's Post Office -  The Battery Atlanta

5. A Day with Santa.  - Norcross, GA

Ice Skating Rinks:

1. Avalon on Ice - Alpharetta, GA

2. Ice Skating  - Sandy Springs, GA

3. Ugly Sweater Night  - Atlanta

4. Center Ice Arena  - Sandy Springs GA 

5. The Cooler - Alpharetta,GA

Craft Shows & Markets:

1Heartfelt Holiday Market - Alpharetta Community Center

2. Alpharetta Christmas Market.  - Innovation Academy 

3. The Holiday Bazaar - Atlanta, GA

4. The RUMC Christmas Gift & Craft Show - Roswell, GA

5. Apple Annie Arts & Crafts Show - Marietta, GA

# 44 - Races 🏃‍♀️

Looking for races events in North Atlanta? Whether you're a local, new in town, or just passing through, there are plenty of races to choose from. Whether it's a 5K or a marathon we've got you covered. The website - Running in the USA- lists races in our area and around the United States. Click HERE for races in the North Atlanta area. 

# 45 - Antique Markets

North Atlanta, Georgia offers several enticing Antique Markets. Below are some of our favorites:

1. Queen of Hearts Antiques & Interiors - 670 N Main St., Alpharetta

2. City Antiques & Interior Arts - 700 Holcomb Bridge Rd #100, Roswell

3. Market Place Antiques - 425 Market Pl, Roswell

4. Josephine's Antiques & Fine Linens - 8470 Holcomb Bridge Rd #170, Alpharetta

5. Roswell Antiques & Interiors - 780 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell

# 46 - Fishing

Believe it or not, the Metro Atlanta area offers several great fishing spots. Whether its a spur of the moment fishing spot or fly fishing on one of the many beautiful white water rivers, we've got you covered. 

The following are lists from local organizations who have published some of the best places to fish:

Georgia Department of Natural Resources - 5 Best Places to Go Fishing Near Metro Atlanta

Southeast Lineman Training Center - Top 10 Fishing Spots in North Georgia Region

Access Atlanta - Best Places in Georgia for Atlanta Fishermen

# 47 - Apple Farms - North Georgia

Residents and visitors to the Atlanta area are  enjoy Apple Farms in the North Georgia area. The month of September is typically the best time to pick apples. At some of the farms visitors can pick their own apples, enjoy a hot cup of apple cider or sample apple pies and other treats. Below are some of our favorites

BJ Reece Orchards

Hillcrest Orchards

Mercier Orchards

R&A Orchards

Red Apple Barn

# 48 - Southeastern Railroad Museum

Located at 3595 Buford Hwy. in Duluth, Georgia, the Southeastern Railroad Museum, is one where children can explore, touch and climb.  It is known as Georgia’s Official Transportation History Museum. Most of the museum is outdoors and has over 90 different trains.  Experiences include exhibits, film and television productions, educational programs and activities, as well as photography.  Southeastern Railway Museum tickets are to be purchased on site except for certain special events and functions.

For more information you may visit their website.

# 49 - Birth Place of Coca-Cola

According to the Coca-Cola Company website, "On May 8, 1886, Dr. John Pemberton brought his perfected syrup to Jacobs' Pharmacy in downtown Atlanta where the first glass of Coca‑Cola was poured.  Serving about nine drinks per day in its first year, Coca‑Cola was an exciting new drink in the beginning." SEE THE BIRTH PLACE

# 50 - Atlanta Film Festival

"Now in its fourth decade, the Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF)—one of only two-dozen Academy Award® qualifying festivals in the U.S.—is the area’s preeminent celebration of cinema. ATLFF is one of the largest and longest-running festivals in the country, welcoming an audience of over 28,000 to discover hundreds of new independent, international, animated, documentary, and short films, selected from 8000+ submissions from all over the world.  It is also the most distinguished event in its class, recognized as Best Film Festival by Creative Loafing, Sunday Paper, 10Best, and Atlanta Magazine." - according to

# 51 - Largest Drive In Restaurant - "What’ll ya have… What’ll ya have?"

"There’s no friendlier greeting than the one you’ll receive when you step up to the counter at The Varsity. And that’s just the beginning of what makes The Varsity so special. There’s not a faster, fresher, or more fun-filled dining experience like it anywhere! Gordy family-owned and operated since 1928, The Varsity is a downtown Atlanta institution, and The World’s Largest Drive-in Restaurant.

Visiting The Varsity before a big game, or anytime for a quick, delicious meal is more than just dining out, it’s experiencing an iconic part of Atlanta’s culture. Now, with six locations and growing, The Varsity is the ninety four year-old fun place to eat that keeps getting better with age." - Varsity Restaurant website

# 52 - Top Producing Real Estate Team

The mission of The Mary Ellen Vanaken Team is to be the most successful real estate team in the North Atlanta, Georgia market by providing the best real estate experience for our clients.

This means the team works hard to enable buying and selling of property a hassle-free and cost-effective process for the client. 

The Mary Ellen Vanaken Team maintains a full-time staff of well-trained real estate professionals who continually strive to provide top-quality service for their individual clients.

Great people don't work alone. Learn More!

Meet Team Leader,   Mary Ellen Vanaken

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