Live Large at Small Prices in Atlanta

Posted February 13, 2009 by Kate Hamman

GA-Atlanta-GeorgiaAquariumTunnel-DEF Everything's just peachy in Atlanta, especially with so many options, such as off-the-wall burger joints, hotel specials, and a larger-than-life aquarium. Though the city may be best known for the world of Coke and its underground area, there's much more going on above ground than soda pop.

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The Georgia Aquarium: The Georgia Aquarium, one of the world's largests, houses more aquatic life than it can count in over eight million gallons of salt and fresh water. During a visit, you can say hello to the beluga whales or walk along the 100-foot underwater tunnel while whale sharks swim close by. General admission costs $26, but the premium day pass goes for $29.50, and includes general admission plus entrance to the 4D theater.

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Flip Burger Boutique: When the craving hits for a juicy hamburger with all the fixins'—or for that matter, when any craving hits—Flip is the place to be. Alongside the standard burger, this cutting-edge joint offers innovative hamburgers like the "Corned Beef" served with buttered cabbage, fried egg, and beer mustard as well as the "Lamburger" topped with green olive relish, cucumber yogurt, raisin ketchup, and mint. However, the menu doesn't stop there, and you can order sides such as typical fries or vodka battered onion rings. Plus, the liquid nitrogen milkshakes made with innovative flavors such as the Krispy Kreme are not to be missed. Burgers start at $6.50.

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The Ellis Hotel: Located in the heart of Atlanta, the recently renovated Ellis Hotel is an elegant escape from the ordinary. The boutique-style hotel's rooms include luxurious baths with Kohler rain-shower heads, modern conveniences such as high-definition TV, wireless Internet, and pillow-top bedding with personal pillow choices. An entire floor is dedicated to women, with a secured entry and thoughtful grooming amenities. Rooms start at $159.

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(Photo: Georgia Aquarium)

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