Wish Choo were here

“Don’t for­get to pick up your bag of money,” the woman at the re­cep­tion desk said. Hon­estly, how could I refuse an invitation like that?

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reader Travel - Neil Mur­ray

My wife Linda and I were vis­it­ing At­lanta in Ge­or­gia and – hav­ing ar­rived early for the open­ing of Mar­garet Mitchell House (she wrote Gone With The Wind) across the road – we’d popped into the Mon­e­tary Mu­seum at the Fed­eral Re­serve Bank of Amer­ica.

Ro­bot carts piled high with more dol­lar bills than I’d ever seen moved back and forth. Dis­play pan­els told the his­tory of money and high­lighted the bank’s ef­forts against coun­ter­feit cur­rency.

And that bag of money? I did pick mine up – but it was full of shred­ded notes.

Peo­ple tend to think of At­lanta just as an ac­cess point for the Deep South but there is so much to see and do in the city we tasted sev­eral of the more than 100 drinks Coca- Cola pro­duce world­wide.

Th­ese two attractions are both within walk­ing dis­tance of the El­lis Ho­tel, as is the CNN HQ, where our Ci­tyPass en­ti­tled us to an “inside tour”, zoom­ing up an eight-storey es­ca­la­tor to view the mas­sive news­room, have our pic­ture taken “read­ing” the news and get some be­hind-the-scenes gossip.

But the real star in the area is the new $75mil­lion Cen­ter for Civil and Hu­man Rights. It’s a mag­nif­i­cent, mov­ing trib­ute to the bat­tle for equal­ity, which fo­cuses on the ter­ri­ble treat­ment and seg­re­ga­tion ex­pe­ri­enced by so many peo­ple.

We’d been able to get a good idea of our bear­ings in At­lanta on a ter­rific ATL- Cruzers Elec­tric Car tour, with a knowl­edge­able driver point­ing out the city high­lights.

The elec­tric car seats five pas­sen­gers and a 90-minute trip cov­ers 15 miles and sights in­clud­ing the Martin Luther King Jr Na­tional His­toric Site and Ebenezer paths on a guided cave tour past odd-shaped sta­lac­tites and sta­lag­mites to view the Ruby Falls, dis­cov­ered in 1928 by ex­plorer Leo Lam­bert. He named the falls after his wife.

But it was out­doors where Chat­tanooga made even more of an im­pact. The In­cline Rail­way – which has been on the go since 1895 and is the world’s steep­est pas­sen­ger rail­way – hauled us up to the top of 1800ft-high Look­out Moun­tain for ter­rific views over the Chat­tanooga Val­ley.

Close by, in Point Park, we gazed out over the Ten­nessee River and, at the park en­trance, read about the bat­tles for Chat­tanooga dur­ing the Civil War.

At the Rock City park, also on the moun­tain, we tried to pick out seven states (Ten­nessee, Ken­tucky, Vir­ginia, North and South Carolina, Ge­or­gia and Alabama) from Lover’s Leap, turned side­ways to get be­tween the rocks of Fat Man’s Squeeze and gripped tightly to the sides of the Swing A Long Bridge

Must-see Ge­or­gia Aquar­ium

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