15 Fascinating facts about 'the city in a forest' Atlanta!

15 Fascinating facts about 'the city in a forest' Atlanta!

Updated on December 06, 2021 23:33 PM by Anna P

Atlanta is a city loved by all. With several festivals and celebrations throughout the year, you'll never get bored there. The topographic features of rolling hills and dense tree coverage earned it the nickname of "the city in a forest." Atlanta is home to soaring skyscrapers and major companies. Hence, people from all over the country move to Atlanta for its exquisite lifestyle.

 However,  there's so much more to know about this bustling city situated among the Appalachian Mountains' foothills.

 Read on to know some of the fascinating facts about this vibrant place.

The largest 10k race happens here!

Did you know that every 4th of July, over 45000 runners race through the Buckhead to Midtown neighborhoods for the annual peachtree road race, which is the largest 10k race in the world?

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Spot exotic animals!

You will find some of the most exotic and endangered animals on the planet in Zoo Atlanta.

Find the oldest ballet company!

Atlanta is home to the oldest ballet company in the country; the Atlanta Ballet was founded in 1929.

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There are 16 fortune 500 companies here!

The Atlanta metro is the 17th largest economy on the planet and the eighth largest economy in the United States. It is the home to 16 fortune 500 companies.

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When in Atlanta, shop till you drop! But be mindful of a few laws.

Atlanta is known as a southern shopping Mecca. But did you know that it’s illegal to dress a mannequin in Atlanta without closing the curtains? Such modesty, much wow!

How it got its name

Atlanta's first name was Terminus because it was at the end of a railroad. Now that name is used for the large building on Peachtree Street and Piedmont Road in Buckhead. After Terminus, it was called Marthasville for a short while before finally being called Atlanta.

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Home to world's largest college campus!

Berry College in Rome, Georgia,  is the world's largest college campus with 27,000 acres.

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All peachy, peachy!

You will find all things peach here, from street names to summer peach jam contests to peach logos on local license plates.

Coca-Cola was born here

It's the birthplace of Coca-Cola, the world's most famous soda. John Pemberton, an Atlanta pharmacist, invented Coca-Cola in 1886.

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The land of iconic musicians

Known for its musical heritage, the place has made great cultural contributions, ranging from rhythm n' blues and soul to Southern rock and hip-hop. Some of the country's most iconic musicians hail from Atlanta, like John Mayer, Usher, etc.

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The Phoenix

Atlanta is symbolized by the Phoenix because, like the mythological bird, it rose from the ashes of the American Civil War.


Its link with the Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, and it was a significant center for the Civil Rights Movement.

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World's largest aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is home to over 100,000 animals representing thousands of species, all of which are housed in 38 million liters (10 million US gallons) of marine and saltwater. From its opening in 2005 to 2012, it was the world's largest aquarium.

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Drink more Coca-Cola here!

Varsity is the largest drive-in restaurant in the world. It serves more Coca-Cola than any other location on the planet in terms of volume.

Visit the busiest airport

Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest airport.

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