Atlanta is a beautiful Southern city. It is the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta is a mix of the old and the new, and this makes it quite photogenic. Atlanta’s history is steeped in the Civil War with its antebellum culture and architecture. At the same time, present-day Atlanta is a modern city with a beautiful contemporary skyline that features reflective glass high rises.
The Atlanta Beltline
The Atlanta Beltline is a public arts project that links Atlanta’s city parks and neighborhoods. It is similar to the High Line in New York City. The Beltline transformed a former railroad corridor at the center of Atlanta into a system of multiuse trails and parks. Georgia Tech graduate student Ryan Gravel developed the idea of the Beltline for his master’s thesis. The former railway corridor has been turned into a series of hiking trails that covers 22 miles of historic Atlanta. The Beltline features public art exhibitions that showcase the work of hundreds of visual artists, performers and musicians. The Beltline is a perfect place to stroll while you take interesting photos of old and new Atlanta.
Martin Luther King Jr. Sites
One of the most famous sons of Atlanta was the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. King was born January 15, 1929 and raised in Atlanta at 501 Auburn Avenue. This was the home of his maternal grandparents where he lived until he was 12 years old. The home is now a National Historic Site that is open to the public. His home is a favored tourist attraction in Atlanta. The Ebenezer Baptist Church is another national site where King was baptized and later ordained as a minister in 1960. His funeral was held in the historical church.
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is spread across 30 acres in midtown Atlanta. It features a variety of small themed gardens including a Japanese garden, rose garden, woodland areas, fountains and sculptures. The Children’s Garden is a favorite spot for families. The indoor Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory features indoor exhibits that include tropical rainforests and deserts. The Botanical Gardens is also the home of the compelling Kendeda Canopy Walk. Suspended 40 feet in the air, it allows visitors to walk through the treetops of the Storza Woods. It also features an aerial view of the gardens below, offering many photo opportunities for the camera bug.
The Jackson Street Bridge
As an Atlanta hotspot that draws tourists and locals, the Jackson Street Bridge offers the best view of the downtown Atlanta skyline, making it an excellent location to shoot photos. The Jackson Street Bridge was used for a promotional poster for the hit TV series, "The Walking Dead." The bridge is located between Cain Street NE and Highland Avenue NE. According to Atlanta.net, the Jackson Street Bridge is known as the "quintessential Atlanta view."
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