Atlanta, sometimes referred to as “the capital of the New South,” has recently undergone a transition from a city of regional commerce to a city of international influence. It is home to a variety of museums on subjects ranging from history to fine arts, natural history, and beverages. Prominent among them are sites honoring Atlanta’s participation in the civil rights movement. Other attractions include: Six Flags over Atlanta, Fox Theatre, the Atlanta Opera, Georgia Aquarium (the world’s largest aquarium), Underground Atlanta (a historic shopping and entertainment complex under the streets of Downtown Atlanta), Piedmont Park (which hosts many festivals and cultural events), a street-level shopping destination known as “Midtown Mile,” and numerous sporting events. Atlanta is home to six professional sports teams: the Atlanta Braves (MLB), the Atlanta Falcons (NFL), the Atlanta Hawks (NBA), the Atlanta Dream (WNBA), and the Atlanta United FC (MLS). The Atlanta United FC is a Major League Soccer expansion team that began their season in June 2017 and will play at the new Atlanta Falcon’s Stadium in September. The Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) is Atlanta’s premier convention center and hosts over 1 million people annually.

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