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The skyline of Atlanta, Georgia, lighting up at night. Atlanta is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, home to four professional sports teams, several universities, major corporations like Coca Cola and Turner Broadcasting, and a thriving music scene that has produced stars like Outkast.  
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A statue of John Stith Pemberton, the pharmacist who invented Coke, at Atlanta's World of Coca Cola museum. Pemberton sold his formula, originally intended as a medicinal tonic, to Asa Candler in 1889, and it was Candler who founded the company that today is the world's largest beverage maker. The World of Coca Cola features interactive exhibits on the company's history and its famous ad campaigns.  
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The Fountain of Rings, which features jets of water synchronized to music, is a central feature of Centennial Olympic Park and a favorite with children on hot summer days. The park and the fountain were built for the Olympics when Atlanta hosted the Summer Games in 1996.  
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Climbers on Stone Mountain. Just a short drive from Atlanta, Stone Mountain is popular with day hikers and climbers. Tourists come to see a massive relief carved into the mountain that commemorates the military leaders of the Confederacy.  
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Atlanta's historic Fox Theatre opened in 1929. Originally designed as a Shriner's temple, the Fox was converted into a movie palace during its construction. Today, the theater is home to a variety of cultural events including film screenings, ballets, and touring Broadway shows.  
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The orchid room in the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden houses more than 15 acres of flora, including two distinct woodland areas and a conservatory featuring desert and tropical species.  
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A whale shark at Atlanta's Georgia Aquarium. The largest indoor aquarium in the world, this new facility is home to more than 500 species of aquatic life.  
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Atlanta's own Flatiron Building (officially the English-American Building) was completed in 1897, five years before its better-known New York counterpart. The building was designed by Chicago architect Bradford Gilbert, a contemporary of Daniel Burnham.  
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