I would much rather hike a trail through the woods than walk through a concrete jungle. Even so, downtown Atlanta offered enough to keep me interested for the better part of a day. I decided to start my exploration at Centennial Olympic Park, then start walking.
A big chunk of Atlanta was renovated for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. The central attraction was Centennial Olympic Park, with its Olympic-ring-shaped play fountain.
The Fountain of Rings pumps 5,000 gallons of water every minute, enough to fill an average-sized swimming pool in just five minutes. All of the water is filtered every 30 minutes. And the 251 jets of water aren’t just for playing in — they are computer-controlled, and can put on a show, with the spray reaching 30 feet in the air. Shows take place four times daily, at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, and 9 p.m.
Statues are scattered around the park, including this one, which honors Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic movement.
Some of Atlanta’s biggest buildings surround Centennial Olympic Park, like the Westin Peachtree Plaza (the cylinder-shaped 73-story skyscraper on the left) and 191 Peachtree Tower (on the right, 50 stories, completed in 1990).
The Omni Hotel is also nearby. It’s part of…
… the world headquarters for CNN. Ted Turner’s Cable News Network and Headline News broadcast from here, and you can take a behind-the-scenes tour.
Yes, you’re in the land of Anderson Cooper! It’s obvious that CNN is a major player in this town.
After exploring the Centennial Olympic Park area for a while, I decided it was time to do some walking, so I headed towards the center of town (literally): Five Points.