From the April 24, 1995 issue of Smart

10 Things to See in Atlanta—Besides COMDEX!

By David English

Underground Atlanta. Be like a mole and go under the ground for a tasty meal. Choice restaurants include Mick's (burgers, pasta, and desserts) and Lombardi's (Italian).

Atlanta Cyclorama. The ultimate 3-D experience. You spin 360 degrees while the circular 42-foot-high painting of the Battle of Atlanta stays put. Then hoof it over to the revolving restaurant at the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel and have a spinning meal. Great fun!

Stone Mountain Park. More giant Civil War 3-D stuff. This time you view the nine-story-high Confederate Memorial Carving on the side of a mountain. Best described as a monument to itself.

CNN Studio Tour. Visit the lair of Ted Turner, a.k.a. the Mouth of the South, and live to tell about it. Don't forget to stop by the MGM shop and peruse the "Gone with the Wind" goodies.

Carter Presidential Center. Reportedly contains 27 million artifacts and documents about Carter's life and presidency. Did he ever throw anything away?

Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Check out the section of carnivorous plants. They might remind you of some of the cutthroat retailers you have to compete against.

The World of Coca-Cola Museum. Taste Coca-Cola products from all over the world and watch old Coke commercials. The ultimate consumer-product-as-art museum.

Buckhead. Imagine telling your friends you live in a trendy area called Buckhead. Choice eateries include the Kudzu Cafe, the Cheesecake Factory, the Romanian Restaurant, and Azios.

Creative Loafing. Look for this free local rag to find out what's really hot in Hotlanta. Second choice: the Hudspeth Report. Both are readily available throughout the city.

Oakland Cemetery. Follow the crowds to the grave side of Margaret Mitchell, patron saint of Atlanta and all that it holds dear.

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