Atlanta - A Great Setting
Emory University is located in a beautiful, wooded, section of northeast Atlanta about 4 miles from downtown. A sprawling city with masses of trees and rolling hills, Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and one of the South's leading cities. Atlanta is an international city as well, having hosted the Olympic Games in the summer of 1996. Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. Downtown Atlanta is a center of political, legal and financial activity, and one of the top convention and tourism cities in North America.
In midtown Atlanta, near the Emory campus, there are numerous museums, galleries, and art, science, and cultural organizations. Among these are the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Heritage Row, Atlanta History Center and Museum, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Visitors can enjoy the performing arts at Emory or in nearby Atlanta for performances that include the Atlanta Ballet Company, Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Theatre Company, Atlanta Shakespeare Company and many small contemporary playhouses.
With its temperate climate and natural resources, Atlanta is a year-round spot for outdoor enthusiasts. Casual walking, hiking, swimming, rafting or camping are available in many local parks, among them Piedmont Park, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Chattahoochee Nature Center, and Stone Mountain Park. For a day's entertainment, Atlantans and their visitors enjoy the CNN studio tour, DeKalb Farmers' Market, Six Flags Over Georgia, and Chamblee's Antique Row. Or one can take a day trip to the spectacular North Georgia mountains.
Atlanta has something for every sports fan and is home to the Atlanta Braves (baseball), Atlanta Hawks and Dream (basketball), Atlanta Falcons (football), and Atlanta Silverbacks (soccer). The Atlanta Track Club attracts 50,000 runners to its annual 10K Peachtree Road Race every July 4th. And Atlanta hosts the largest local tennis organization in the world, with 75,000 dues-paying members.
The Graduate Student Council periodically sends out emails for discounted tickets to fun events in Atlanta, including: Martinis at the IMAX, The Shakespeare Tavern, operas, theatre and visiting events like Cirque du Soleil.