Atlanta retains its rich historical feel, while at the same time creating a modern metropolis. Four years of college may not be enough to explore and experience all that Atlanta has to offer. There is so much to do in Buckhead, Little Five Points, Virginia Highlands, Midtown, and other neighborhoods, and each of these places are no more than a 20-minute drive away. One is sure to find an excellent meal and night out on the town in these areas, as they are full of a wide variety of excellent restaurants and bars.
One day you can visit Martin Luther King Jr.'s childhood home, and the next day you can enjoy the Georgia Aquarium, the world's largest. Piedmont Park and the Botanical Gardens are also beautiful places to visit during the fall and spring seasons when the weather is nice. Also, Atlanta is home to professional baseball, basketball, football, and hockey, teams, so there are games to attend year-round. There are tons of other places to visit as well, such as the High Museum of Art, Stone Mountain (for those who enjoy hiking), and The Underground for shopping enthusiasts. Unfortunately, it is hard to experience all that Atlanta has to offer without a car, so you will have to wait at least a year to have one because Emory does not allow freshmen to have cars on-campus.