Cheap places to travel this summer

Alison Rombough

Metro Atlanta residents have seen that for themselves, opting to explore their city instead of flying out of state. ExploreSummer vacations are a go, but there’s no need to go far When hosting visitors, they’ll come to the city for popular tourist attractions including the Georgia Aquarium and the World […]

Metro Atlanta residents have seen that for themselves, opting to explore their city instead of flying out of state.

ExploreSummer vacations are a go, but there’s no need to go far

When hosting visitors, they’ll come to the city for popular tourist attractions including the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. Steeped in history, there’s also the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and The King Center.

“Sadly, the Visitor Center is still not open, but the area is still worth a visit,” a June 2021 Tripadvisor review said. “You can view all the outside attractions and across the street is the original Ebenezer Church and the King Center which has the Eternal Flame and burial tombs of Dr. and Mrs. King. Other historic sites are nearby and can be walked to. I found it a tranquil, thought-inspiring visit and would recommend it to any visitor to Atlanta.”

Other haunts include Little Five points, where you can see a massive OutKast mural, an ode to the local icons. The 33-mile Beltline features plenty of room for walking. You can also stop at breweries and restaurants along the way.

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AN OPEN (video) LETTER TO SHA’CARRInnWhat some folks may not know is before I transferred to UNC Chapel Hill, I was a sprinter on full scholarship for the absolute powerhouse known as LSU. nnMy dear friend and Olympian D'Andre Hill Montgomery Oly gathered up a bunch of LSU Track & Field Alumni to read an open letter and said “hey Sab, we need your editing skills.” We all came together for our dear @carririchardson_ Sha’Carri Richardson because #WeAreThatGirl too. #TigerStrong keep your head up, love!!! n🎬: @kuuproductions

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Posted by MindBender VR Bar & Restaurant on Monday, June 7, 2021

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It's time for piglet names! The 11-week-old warthog piglets have experienced their latest exciting milestone: receiving...

Posted by Zoo Atlanta on Tuesday, July 6, 2021

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He worked in materials handling, performing tasks ranging from routing shipments to different departments to sterilizing glassware from the labs. His father had also worked at the CDC, and Dressler quickly earned a reputation as a conscientious worker who brought his big personality and sense of humor to the job daily.","_id":"ZO7RSG6MVZEKNJZAOZGNUJUBYI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625165673188,"type":"text","content":"During the pandemic, Dressler continued working, and while some friends were concerned about his safety and well-being, he made clear his commitment to his job as an essential worker. “David was very proud of that,” said Thorpe. “He just said, ‘I have to go to work.’”","_id":"CSCM63JXGNFGBMXXJMQA3ZC7QU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625165673189,"type":"text","content":"“He always had a smile on his face, was upbeat and ready to do anything,” said Don Powell, a program analyst for the CDC and a friend of Dressler’s.","_id":"D3TYHDKX25G4LCQTNSMTM6L2RY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625165673190,"type":"text","content":"Powell and Wayne Kirby, an engineering technician who retired from the CDC three years ago, got to know Dressler well during visits to Dressler’s home, where they would tinker with the TV or other electronics in need of repair.","_id":"NNERKL6IPJBENF5JG4NTHVJOWU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625165673191,"type":"text","content":"On weekends, Dressler spent time indulging his interest in trains that developed years earlier when his father would take him to the train station as a young boy. 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