The Atlanta Georgia Temple is special because it was the first temple to be built in the Southeastern United States and was also the first temple to be dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley, who had a long history of temple dedications. The temple, built in 1983, holds significant importance for the south, as the Church had a rough start in the area and then struggled again particularly during the Civil War. The temple underwent a two-year renovation from 2009-2011. The lot is large at over 13 acres featuring a large grassy area. This is the only temple in Georgia. There were only 20 operating temples in the world before 1983, with 7 of those being in Utah. Missionary work began in Georgia in 1843 and started flourishing in the late 1870's.
Atlanta is the most populous city in Georgia and has one of the busiest airports in the country. It all started with the railroad in the 1830's when Atlanta was decided as the hub for the railroad. This brought many settlers to the area. Atlanta is home to many successful businesses, including Coca-Cola and many prominent black leaders. Probably the most famous being Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You can hear his story and learn about his life at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world. If you're only going to visit one, this is it. Explore world cultures, nature, animals and prehistoric Earth at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Visit the site of the 1996 Olympics at Centennial Olympic Park. A trip to Georgia wouldn't be complete without visiting Stone Mountain Park where the whole family can find a myriad of activities to do ranging from just walking around to taking a cable car to viewing the world's largest Laser Show Spectacular.
With over 4.000 food establishments in Atlanta, you won't be left without a place to eat. If you're looking for an international trip of flavors all within the city, check out Buford Highway. Vietnamese, Korean, Salvadorian, Venezuelan and more. Another great international dining experience is at Rumi's Kitchen. Persian specialties along the lines of delicious kabobs and lamb entrees. If you'd rather experience a more Southern restaurant, try Fat Matt's Rib Shack for ribs, southern dishes and Delta Blues music. A good breakfast can be found at Egg Harbor Cafe. The best Naples-style pizza can be ordered at Antico Pizza Napoletana. At Highland Bakery, they serve brunch and lunch. Favorites like thick-cut challah bread French toast, Sweet Potato Pancakes and Crab Cakes Benedict.