1 18 60 hikes within 60 miles: atlanta 1 ATLANTA RAMBLE i KEY AT-A-GLANCE INFORMATION LENGTH: 5.4 miles CONFIGURATION: Loop DIFFICULTY: Easy SCENERY: Urban scenes, including high-rise buildings EXPOSURE: Full sun TRAFFIC: Heavy TRAIL SURFACE: Concrete sidewalks WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes HIKING TIME: 5 hours ACCESS: Daily, year-round, 24/7 (but see Special Comments); see Description for access to specific attractions. MAPS: Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau; Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; USGS Northwest Atlanta, Southwest Atlanta MORE INFO: ; atlanta.net FACILITIES: Restrooms, water, and other facilities plentiful throughout the hike SPECIAL COMMENTS: We recommend walking this route during daylight hours. DISTANCE: 0.4 mile from the state capitol IN BRIEF From Turner Field, this hike visits the State Capitol, Underground Atlanta, the Dome, Philips Arena, CNN Center, Centennial Park, the Aquarium, and the World of Coca-Cola. DESCRIPTION This hike begins in the parking lot opposite Turner Field, at the site of the original Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. From the parking lot, you have a great view of downtown Atlanta and the Olympic flame. Turner Field was built to house the Olympics and then converted to a baseball field to replace the aging Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. A bronze statue and a plaque commemorate the most historic moment that occurred at the original structure: Henry Hank Aaron s 715th home run, which he hit on April 6, 1974, breaking Babe Ruth s long-standing record. Turn around, cross Avenue, and enter Turner Field at the black iron gates. Purchase tickets for the stadium tour at tinyurl.com/bravestours or at the box office, and view the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame before the tour. In addition to a World Series trophy, the museum has a railroad car that the Braves used in the 1950s and a display on the various fields in which the Braves have played. The tour visits the Braves dugout and bull pen GPS INFORMATION N ' W ' 5 Hank Aaron Dr. SE Atlanta, GA Directions Take I-/I- South to Exit 246/Fulton Street. At the end of the ramp, turn left on Fulton Street SW. Drive 0.3 mile and turn right on Capitol Avenue SE. Drive 0.4 mile and turn right on Avenue SE. Enter the Green lot for Turner Field, on the right.
2 ATLANTA 1 :: Atlanta Ramble 19 Atlanta Ramble Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard World of Aquarium Coca-Cola Baker Street NW Marietta Street NW Dome CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK reflecting pool World Congress Center CNN Center Philips Arena Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW Fountain of Rings Spring Street NW AmericasMart Westin Forsyth Street NW Five Points Carnegie Way Alabama Peachtree Street NE WOODRUFF PARK John Portman Boulevard State University Andrew Young International Boulevard NE Peachtree Center Avenue NE Courtland Street NE Piedmont Avenue NE Edgewood Avenue NE Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW Walker Street SW Whitehall Street SW Spring Street SW Forsyth Street SW Peachtree Street SW Pryor Street SW Memorial Drive SW Central Avenue SW Street SW Railroad Freight Depot Underground Atlanta State Capitol Washington Washington Street Street SW SW overpass overpass Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE Memorial Drive SE Hill Street SE Fulton Street SW Fulton Street SE 0 0 N Windsor Street SW Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard SW mile kilometer Atlanta Olympic Torch Tower P Turner Field Capitol Avenue SE Hank Aaron Drive SE Avenue SE 1,0 ft. 1,150 ft. 1,100 ft. 1,050 ft. 1,000 ft. 950 ft. 900 ft. 1 mi. 2 mi. 3 mi. 4 mi. 5 mi.
3 60 hikes within 60 miles: atlanta The serene Water Gardens are our favorite part of Centennial Olympic Park. before taking you to the ball field and then into the locker room. Off-season hours are Monday Saturday, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Beginning April 1, tours take place Monday Saturday, 9 a.m. 3 p.m. and Sunday, 1 3 p.m. Tours are not available on days when the Braves have an afternoon home game. Tours start on the hour, last about an hour, and are not offered on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Thanksgiving Day, or December 23 January 1. When exiting Turner Field, turn right on Avenue SE and then turn left on Hank Aaron Drive SE, crossing under the Olympic rings and passing the flame on your left. At 0.9 mile, the State Capitol (6 Washington St. SW; ; libs.uga.edu/capitolmuseum) is on the left. Open Monday Friday, 8 a.m. 5 p.m. (closed state holidays), the building houses a large number of displays about the cultural and natural history of, including the state s role in the civil-rights movement. On the grounds are statues of well-known politicians, including Jimmy Carter, Richard B. Russell, and John B. Gordon, among others. After looping around the grounds, return to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, cross the street, and turn left. At the corner of MLK and Washington Street SW, note the statue honoring the working dogs whose heroism saved many lives during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. After crossing Central Avenue SW, you ll see the old World of Coca-Cola building on the right, marking the start of Underground Atlanta. As you leave the area, look across an open area for a mural of whales. Below that is the 1869 Railroad Freight Depot, now an upscale event
4 ATLANTA 1 :: Atlanta Ramble 21 facility. When this depot was completed, it was the tallest building in Atlanta, but a 1935 fire destroyed the second floor. Turn left just before the depot to enter Underground Atlanta. A potpourri of shops, restaurants, and nightclubs, the three-level Underground Atlanta ( ; underground-atlanta.com) is a vast subterranean city within a city. Directly in front of you are an information kiosk and many restaurants. Underground was created at the start of the th century, by which time the population of Atlanta had soared to 0,000 people. Crossing the tracks through downtown had become a major traffic snarl, so the government added an iron bridge to speed up traffic. In 1929 the iron bridge was converted to a concrete viaduct, and businesses moved their storefronts to the second story of the buildings. At the end of the food court, turn left and take the escalator to Kenny s Alley. Turn left again and stroll down Upper Alabama Street SW to Peachtree Street SW, just south of Five Points. Turn left on Peachtree and then right on MLK Drive, and walk 0.4 mile to Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW. Directly in front of you is the white-roofed, red-sided Dome, home of the Atlanta Falcons (1 Dome Dr. NW; ; gadome.com). Turn right on Centennial Olympic Park Drive and continue past the MARTA station until you re standing directly in front of Philips Arena (1 Philips Dr.; ; philipsarena.com). Home to the NBA Atlanta Hawks and the WNBA Atlanta Dream, Philips is also a popular concert venue. Note the word AT L A N TA spelled in white letters in the front of the building. Turn around and walk back to the first road on the right, and turn right. At the end of this road is one of the three massive buildings that comprise the World Congress Center (2 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW; ; gwcc.com). Built on the site of Atlanta s old railroad roundhouse, which was burned during the Civil War, the Congress Center is home to hundreds of industry shows a year. This area was heavily damaged in a 08 tornado. Turn right and continue down Andrew Young International Boulevard NW, passing CNN Center on your right and the Omni Hotel and the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce on your left. You re now in the center of Atlanta s Centennial Olympic Park (265 Park Ave. West NW; ; centennialpark.com). Designed by EDAW and built by Beers Construction and H. J. Russell & Company, the park features the Fountain of Rings, the Great Lawn, Water Gardens, and five unique quilt plazas telling the story of the Atlanta Olympics; the Quilt of Remembrance commemorates the 2 people who died and the 118 who were injured when the park was bombed during the 1996 Summer Games. After viewing the Fountain of Rings on the right, turn left and walk to the reflecting pool. With the pool on your immediate left, you ll see a trail almost directly in front of you. This leads to the Water Gardens, our favorite part of the park. Follow the path 0.1 mile to reach the Agricultural Plaza on Baker Street NW. The Aquarium, the world s largest, opened
5 22 60 hikes within 60 miles: atlanta in November 05 (225 Baker St. NW; hours and ticket info: or georgia aquarium.org). Within the aquarium are nine areas: Cold Water Quest, Explorer, Ocean Voyager, River Scout, Tropical Diver, Dolphin Tales, Frogs A Chorus of Colors, the 4D Theater, and Marineland. The World of Coca-Cola, next to the aquarium, is a multimedia presentation designed to both educate and fascinate (121 Baker St. NW; hours and ticket info: or ; worldofcoca-cola.com). Exhibiting early print ads, modern TV commercials, and everything in between, the displays take you through the development of Coca-Cola s image and products. Turn right on Baker, right again on Centennial Olympic Park Drive, and then left on Andrew Young International Boulevard. On the left is AmericasMart Atlanta, one of the largest wholesale markets in the United States (240 Peachtree St. NW; ; americasmart.com). On your right, at 210 Peachtree St. NW, is the impressive 73-story Westin Peachtree Plaza, a fixture of the Atlanta skyline and home of the most exciting elevator ride in the southeastern United States ( ; westinpeachtreeplazaatlanta.com). The elevator climbs the outside of the building, affording a complete view of the city. At the top, the Sun Dial Restaurant makes a complete revolution every hour. Turn right (south) on Peachtree Street, Atlanta s most famous thoroughfare. When the Fulton County Library comes into view just south of Carnegie Way NE, you ll be entering the oldest part of Atlanta, the Fairlie-Poplar Historic District. It was here that the first residential homes were constructed, to be replaced by commercial structures after the Civil War. Today the district is an amalgam of old and new buildings blending together almost seamlessly. Continuing south on Peachtree, you ll see Woodruff Park on the left (91 Peachtree St. NE). Watch for the Coca-Cola Spectacular sign, atop the Olympia Building (23 Peachtree St. NE), followed by Five Points, created by the intersection of Peachtree, Marietta, and Decatur Streets and Edgewood Avenue. (The fifth point, Whitehall Street, was renamed as an extension of Peachtree.) Continue south on Peachtree two more blocks and turn left into Underground Atlanta. From this point, retrace your steps to Turner Field. NEARBY ACTIVITIES Fittingly situated on Auburn Avenue, the center of segregated Atlanta s black business district, the APEX Museum (135 Auburn Ave. NE; ; apex museum.org) explores the cultural and historical impact of African Americans on Atlanta, the state of, and the nation. Two blocks past Carnegie Way, turn left on Auburn Avenue NE; the museum is two blocks down, on your right. Open Tuesday Saturday, 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; $6 adults, $5 students and seniors age 55 and older, free for kids age 3 and younger and museum members.
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