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My first solo trip of 2013 was a weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. I stayed at the Courtyard Marriott just outside the airport and it provides a free shuttle. Read more of how I explored MLK weekend in Atlanta.
Getting Around Atlanta
Since the local transit, MARTA stops there so I did most, if not all traveling that way. After purchasing a Breeze Pass, I took the “red line” train getting off at the Five Points station.
Inside CNN Tour
I visited The Underground which is a mini-mall with local shops and a food court. I also visited the business district, courthouses, the Arena and took the Inside CNN Tour, a 50-minute walking tour at the Global Headquarters of CNN. I loved the tour! The entrance to the building is open to the public so it was very crowded. It included a timeline of CNN and Turner. I also found out the first tour of the day was done by CNN correspondent Robin Meade. We took the escalator down each floor showing a demonstration of green screen technology and compared to the newer technology of using Smart Boards, a look at the HLN Studio as well as an opportunity to sit behind the desk like a real reporter.
|CNN Atlanta Studio Tour – $16.34|
Tour the Atlanta headquarters of America’s first all-news television network, CNN, on this 50-minute guided walking tour. Watch news feeds from CNN bureaus worldwide and peer inside CNN’s high-tech special effects studio. Learn how a live news broadcast is produced and broadcasted to millions of viewers worldwide, and watch correspondents and producers hard at work putting together CNN’s around-the-clock news stories. You can even get a souvenir photo of you behind an anchor desk!
Spending time with Family
It was also my god sister’s birthday weekend. Although we didn’t have a huge celebration, I was able to take the MARTA to visit her and her family. It was nice to catch up since I haven’t seen her in over 5 years at the time.