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 towards Atlanta. We did not need to take our luggage; this was checked in until Atlanta. For US flights, security requirements are quite high, and therefore it’s needed to be in the airport two hours before. The plane was full, 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 symbol of the Olympics—five interconnecting rings. It was a pleasure to see how people with their families enjoyed water jets and picnic areas. The park was guarded by policemen on Segways.

On the way back to the motel, we bought some Samuel Adams and Coors, and at the motel, we 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, which is the world’s largest outcropping of exposed granite. The granite has a huge carving of three heroes: Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, and Robert E. Lee. This carving is not complete, but it still took more than 50 years to make it. This carving, with its three-acre size, is the largest in the world, even larger than Mount Rushmore.

Stone Mountain carving

We used the sky lift car to go to the top of Stone Mountain. Another option would be hiking. It was really interesting on top of the huge 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.

Story continues at Rock City and Ruby Falls

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