42. Listen to a fable at the Wren’s Nest

To hear Akbar Imhotep, one of the rotating storytellers here, weave a Brer Rabbit tale is to witness a maestro preserving an almost lost art form.

41. Do the Time Warp at the Plaza Theatre

There’s a reason Lips Down on Dixie doesn’t hold its midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Fox.

39. Save your story for posterity

You know those NPR *StoryCorps* segments that get you choked up on your morning commute? You can record a slice of personal history (interviews are archived at the Library of Congress) at the Atlanta StoryBooth, one of three permanent StoryCorps studios in the country.

34. Try “plane-
spotting”

Here are three superior spots for a little aviation observation.

29. Spend a day with the dead

There is no better way to get to know a city’s past than exploring its citizens’ final resting places. And there’s nothing macabre about graveyard tourism; older cemeteries were designed to be enjoyed by the living, serving as public parks.

27. Hang out in the Oval Office

Whatever your politics, it’s awe-inspiring to stand in the full-scale replica Oval Office at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. The interactive displays—the result of a major renovation completed in late 2009—take you through a day in the life of a president.

26. Sip a Negroni on a terrace

Okay, so Atlanta’s not Paris, but you can pretend you’re Owen Wilson and travel back to the Jazz Age, when the likes of Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tallulah Bankhead, and Charles Lindbergh mingled at the Georgian Terrace Hotel.

19. Relive the summer of 1996

The Centennial Olympic Games Museum at the Atlanta History Center is designed to remind you of the same thing the event announced to the world: Atlanta is a world-class city.

16. Go backstage at the Fox

The ladies-lounge chairs are exact replicas of those in the throne room of King Tut’s tomb. You’ve probably taken such details of the Fox Theatre for granted, but won’t after signing up a guided tour.

8. Time-travel at the Southern Trilogy

Yes, you can find white-columned antebellum mansions in Atlanta—just not in the city proper. Barrington Hall is one of three antebellum homes that belonged to Roswell’s founding families and are now house museums marketed as “A Southern Trilogy.”

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