Housed inside a 100-foot-tall monumental arch, The Millennium Gate Museum is a dramatic reminder of Atlanta's oft-forgotten nickname, "The Gate City." Planted in the midst of bustling Atlantic Station in Midtown, the museum offers visitors a chance to slow down and be reminded of the rich history of their fair city. Through displays of artifacts and artwork, its exhibits preserve Atlanta's cultural heritage and broadcast its significance to the rest of the world.
Rodney Mims Cook Jr., a champion of classical architecture, designed The Gate?as the arch is known?to mimic classic Roman triumphal arches; its base houses the 12,000-square-foot museum
Three period rooms, all designed and decorated to be historically accurate, include the Coca-Cola mogul Thomas K. Glenn's 19th century office, complete with a roll-top desk and antique typewriter
In the 19th- and 20th-century galleries, photographs and artifacts teach visitors about the lives of families who helped shape Atlanta
In the 21st-century interactive gallery, a wave of the hand allows guests to compare historic and modern images of Atlanta's landmarks to learn about how the city's evolved over 150 years
In an event inspired by The Amazing Race, teams of two contestants trek through various locations throughout their city, guided by 10 brainteasing clues that either direct participants to a new locale, or demand chasers perform a creative task. Each chase consists of 10–25 teams, who bolt from their starting location to scour city streets for one to four hours. The first team to dash across the finish line wins a trophy and free entry into a championship version of the Great Chase, whose winner takes home $10,000.
Since banding together in 1979, the historians at Atlanta Preservation Center have helped ward off packs of angry bulldozers from more than 175 endangered buildings. Working alongside local government, businesses, and community leaders, the preservation team has saved elaborate structures including the Peters House and Winecoff Hotel. In addition, its headquarters—the 1856 Grant Mansion in Grant Park—is one of just three antebellum houses left in Atlanta and the team is currently working to restore the building to its architecturally accurate origins. When it isn’t keeping delicate treasures from crumbling, the Atlanta Preservation Center leads walking tours of historic areas and tells embarrassing stories from the days when the city’s buildings were just a bunch of baby bricks.
Guitar-toting pop-rock siren Kate Voegele thrills audiences with her thoughtful lyrics, contagiously catchy melodies, and boundless energy. Seen sharing the stage with Neil Young, opening up for Grace Potter, and acting on the CW's hit detective show One Tree Hill, the 24-year-old's accomplishments speak volumes about her talent and ability to grab the attention of crowds without setting anything on fire. Opening acts Courrier–an Austin-based alt-rock quartet from Texas—and solo artist Leah Marie prep the crowd with feel-good ditties instead of a personal safety video.
A few times each year, throngs of revelers descend on the bars of Virginia Highlands, Buckhead, and Midtown. Perhaps they'll be in costume, perhaps wearing festive holiday colors. Either way, it's likely they're guests of Atlanta Bar Tours. The company organizes its neighborhood jaunts around the pageantry of national holidays or tailgating opportunities. Each crawl visits at least six pubs and restaurants, many of which prepare drinks in keeping with the theme—whether celebrating Oktoberfest or Steve's doctoral thesis on rum. During the crawl, each establishment features food specials and, more often than not, scores the event with live music.
UQuest's organizers transform American metropolises into urban playgrounds, showing each city to its residents in a new light. They populate street corners, parking lots, gyms, and parks with things like giant slingshots, rock walls, balance beams, and gym circuits. They call each locale a challenge zone, and they make sure that no two are alike. They give each team a simple mission: get to the zones using the provided map and complete the challenge, clue, or mission therein. While completing challenges, teams must also solve clues and complete a variety of missions. Teams personalize their experience based on which challenges they want to tackle.
Courses?or arenas, as the organizers call?typically include 20 missions and 12 challenges spread over four square miles, to be completed in no particular order. The team who successfully completes the most challenges within the three hour time limit wins the grand prize, which includes a cash prize and bragging rights.