Here is some interesting facts about the city of Atlanta:

  • The Varsity is the world’s largest drive-in restaurant.
  • Atlanta is home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners, Martin Luther King Jr. (1964) and President Jimmy Carter (2002).
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport covers more than 150 U.S. destinations, more than 60 international destinations in 50 countries, and more than 2,500 daily flights.
  • Atlanta is the only city in North America to have been destroyed as an act of war when General Sherman burnt it to the ground in November of 1864. Only 400 buildings survived the razing, but the city rebuilt itself from the ashes — which is why the city symbol is the phoenix.
  • There are 71 streets with a variation of the word “Peachtree” in their names.
  • There are no peach trees in Atlanta. The name came from the native pine tree called a “pitch tree” due to its sticky sap. 
  • One of the largest Hindu temples outside of India is located in the Atlanta metro area.
  • The Eastern Continental Divide is in Atlanta. It separates the water flowing into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean
  • The fastest baseball game in history happened in Atlanta, when the Mobile Sea Gulls beat the Atlanta Crackers 2-1 in just 32 minutes.
  • Atlanta is called “City in a Forest” due to its abundance of shade trees. Trees cover 47.9% of the city
  • At least 155 films and TV Shows have been shot in Atlanta since 2008.
  • The Bank of America Plaza is the tallest building in Atlanta. It has no ground level pedestrian entrances, people enter from parking areas underground.
  • The Varsity serves more Coke by volume than anywhere else in the world.
  • Atlanta has the second-most shopping center space in the U.S.