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Best Vestige of the Old South and Best Tourist Spot Where Even Locals Go

Even if you've lived in Atlanta for years, or -- gasp! -- were actually born here, STONE MOUNTAIN remains one of the metro area's most intriguing destinations. On the face of this massive monolith is, of course, the carved figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Not so apparent are reminders that this is where the Ku Klux Klan was reborn in 1915. As such, it was also the place famously invoked by Martin Luther King Jr. 40 years ago in his "I Have a Dream" speech. But even if you're not into history, the park is beautiful: The 3,200-acre park features many other attractions, and the vigorous hike to the top of Stone Mountain affords magnificent views of North Georgia. The Park is located just 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta off Highway 78. Entrance is $7 per vehicle at the park, or you can purchase an annual pass for $30.

1126 Stonewall Jackson Drive, 770-428-5600. www.stonemountainpark.com

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