Atlanta and Stone Mountain Park

We were flying to Atlanta with Lufthansa via Frankfurt airport. Because of the flight schedules, we spent the night in Frankfurt and then, in the morning, continued toward Atlanta. We did not need to take our luggage; this was checked in until Atlanta. For US flights, security requirements are pretty high; therefore, it’s necessary to be at the airport two hours before. The plane was packed, and the queue at the counter was huge. Then it was our turn. We were invited aside, and the lady said: “Lufthansa proposes you fly in business class.” Wow, this was good news for a ten-hour flight! There was lots of room for legs and excellent service.

We arrived in Atlanta in the afternoon, took our rented car from Hertz (it was pre-booked), and drove to the Days Inn motel. After checking in, taking a shower, and changing our clothes, we went to see the city of Atlanta. We were a little tired from the flight but also excited because of being back in the US and the good weather.

Atlanta is the “Capital of the New South.” Internationally, it is known as the host of the 1996 Summer Olympics and the home of CNN and Coca-Cola. More than 3.5 million inhabitants live here.

We visited Tourist Info and walked around Centennial Olympic Park downtown. This park features the Fountain Rings, the world’s largest fountain that uses the Olympics symbol—five interconnecting rings. It was a pleasure to see how people with their families enjoyed water jets and picnic areas. Police officers guarded the park on Segways.

On the way back to the motel, we bought some Samuel Adams and Coors and ordered a pizza. The pizza man looked like Eddy Murphy, and the pizza was excellent. Our trip started very well!

Stone Mountain Park

On the second day of the trip, we woke up early because of jet lag. We planned to visit Stone Mountain Park. We were at the gates of the park at 8:30 AM. Stone Mountain Park is a family vacation target in Georgia. Entrance into Stone Mountain Park requires an $8.00 one-day parking permit per vehicle. This permit gives you access to the park’s numerous outdoor adventures for all ages, including the public picnic areas, hiking trails, walk-up trails, and the Laser Show.

The park lies on 3200 acres of land and is situated 16 miles east of Atlanta’s downtown. The park is famous for its 825-foot (251 meters) high Stone Mountain, the world’s giant outcropping of exposed granite. The granite has a massive carving of three heroes: Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, and Robert E. Lee. This carving is incomplete, but it took over 50 years to make. With its three-acre size, this carving is the largest in the world, even bigger than Mount Rushmore.

Stone Mountain carving

We used the sky lift car to reach Stone Mountain’s top. Another option would be hiking. It was exciting on top of the enormous granite, which looked like walking on the moon. We accompanied a self-made tour guide and enjoyed the views possible from such heights.

After having a southern lunch—tasty and nutritious—in one of the park’s stylish restaurants, we continued our trip toward Tennessee on highway 75.

12 Top Reasons You Should Visit Stone Mountain Park

  1. The Park is home to the world’s largest exposed granite dome, which offers stunning views of the surrounding area. The granite dome at Stone Mountain Park is an awe-inspiring sight, and it’s no wonder it’s one of the park’s main attractions.
    The dome stands 825 feet above sea level and has a circumference of 3.8 miles. Visitors can take the Summit Skyride to the top of the dome, enjoying panoramic views of the park and the city. The views from the top are truly breathtaking, especially during sunset when the granite dome changes color and the sky is painted in shades of orange, pink, and purple.
  2. The Park features a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, and fishing.
  3. The Park’s Confederate Memorial Carving is a must-see attraction, depicting three Confederate leaders of the Civil War. The carving, completed in 1972, depicts three Confederate leaders of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The carving is located on the north face of the granite dome and measures 90 feet high by 190 feet wide.
    The Confederate Memorial Carving is the most giant bas-relief sculpture in the world. It is a powerful and controversial symbol of the Confederacy and the Civil War. It is a unique and impressive work of art that has been the subject of much debate and discussion over the years.
    It is worth noting that the carving and its history have been a source of controversy and debate, with some people advocating for its removal. In contrast, others see it as an important part of the history and culture of the South.
  4. The Park’s SkyHike adventure course offers an exciting aerial challenge for visitors of all ages.
  5. The Park’s Summit Skyride takes visitors to the top of Stone Mountain for breathtaking views of the city and the park.
  6. The Park’s laser show is a popular evening attraction, featuring a light and laser show set to music. The laser show at Stone Mountain Park is a popular evening attraction that takes place on the side of the granite dome. The show features a combination of laser lights, special effects, and choreographed music to tell a story or celebrate a theme.
    The laser show is usually held during the summer and fall seasons. Still, the schedule may vary, so it’s best to check the park’s website for the latest information on showtimes and dates. Visitors can either bring their own chairs or rent them on-site; they can also enjoy the laser show while having a picnic on the lawn.
  7. The Park’s Scenic Railroad is a great way to see the park and learn about its history.
  8. The Park’s campground offers a variety of camping options, including RV and tent camping.
  9. The Park’s Discovery Center offers interactive exhibits and educational programs for visitors of all ages.
  10. The park’s annual Pumpkin Festival is a popular fall event featuring a variety of pumpkin-themed activities and attractions.
  11. The Park’s Christmas event, Stone Mountain Christmas, is a must-see, featuring lights, music, and a parade.
  12. The Park is an excellent place for a family day out, offering something for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

In conclusion, Stone Mountain Park is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a fun and exciting outdoor experience. The park offers something for everyone, with various activities, stunning views, and historical attractions. Stone Mountain Park is the perfect destination whether you’re a nature lover, an adventure seeker, or just looking for a fun day out with the family. So pack your bags, grab your family and friends, and head to Stone Mountain Park for a visit you’ll never forget!

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