Whether related to academics or not, I have obviously learned a ton since I started college a year ago. Among my discoveries is attending a university with a scarcity of students from your hometown often enlivens your pride for your roots. So this is a tribute to my hometown, which is the only major metropolitan area in the state of Georgia; here are a fourteen of its most endearing idiosyncrasies.
1. City In A Forest
With at least 36% coverage, Atlanta has the highest density of trees of all the major cities in our nation, and contrary to popular belief, a majority of them don’t grow peaches.
3. French Toast Panic
Many are humored by both the anticipation and the aftermath of snow in Atlanta. Snow is rare enough of an occurrence here that we do not deem it wise to invest in the equipment. As a result, our city is infamous for shutting down for a week or two whenever we get one or two feet of snow.
We are also prone to “French Toast Panic,” (a brilliant term coined by one of my high school teachers), meaning we rush to the nearest grocery store to stock up on bread, milk, and eggs in preparation for the possibility of getting snowed in.
The city is great for people who enjoy hiking, with dozens of trails either in the area or close by. Among them is one of Atlanta’s most unique attractions, Stone Mountain, which offers plenty of other activities to boot.
5. The Largest Aquarium In The World
6. The official "Y'all-ywood"
Atlanta has officially become third to New York City and Los Angeles in terms of film production. Among the 3,231 titles filmed in Atlanta are The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, The Blind Side, as well as the sequels to the Hunger Games, Avengers, and Divergent series.
6. The peaches aren't the real reason why Georgia is the "Peach State"...
Even though South Carolina is known to grow more peaches than Georgia, Atlanta has 65 roadways called Peachtree.
8. The Fabulous Fox Theatre
9. The Largest 10K Road Race
Atlanta’s Peachtree Road Race has been the largest 10k road race in the world since 1970, with at least 60,000 people competing each year on Independence Day.
10. Owls, coyotes, and hawks, oh my!
Residents of Atlanta have to keep an eye on their pets because ironically, the city has an abundance not only of traffic, but also wildlife.
Nowhere else will you find a deer sprinting out of a car dealership building.
11. Shoot The Hooch
Thanks to the Chattahoochee River, Atlanta is the only city where you can grab some fried chicken, cold drinks, and ride through the city by inner tube to stay cool during a hot summer day.
12. A wide variety of vacation spots in proximity
13. Airport Insanity
The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been the busiest airport in the world since 1998. 260,000 passengers fly through there daily. Perks? Flights to or from Atlanta are often layover-free. However, since its Domestic and International airports are divided into separate buildings with 6 terminals each, it can make travels quite confusing.