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View Poll Results: What is Georgia's Greatest Draw for Tourists
Metro Atlanta 8 27.59%
Historic Savannah 14 48.28%
Georgia's Coastal Islands (St. Simons/Sea/Jekyll/Cumberland, etc) 6 20.69%
North Georgia Mountains 1 3.45%
Okefenokee Swamp 0 0%
Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-03-2009, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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^LOL - Sounds like you're in the right place, then!

I think you're right about a bump in attendance from the Dolphin expansion, Greg. I was down in the area last week, and the changes to the Aquarium area are pretty impressive to see. That whole area is really cleaning up nicely.

I had no idea the Dolphin exhibit was already under heavy construction.
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:16 PM
 
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I think the difference is whether a city is a tourist destination or more of a buysiness destination. I am sure that metro Atlanta receives many more visitors per year than Savannah.. but most visitors to Atlanta are business travellers. Atlanta isn't exactly known as a tourist city, although I know the city has been trying to change that perception.
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I think the difference is whether a city is a tourist destination or more of a buysiness destination. I am sure that metro Atlanta receives many more visitors per year than Savannah.. but most visitors to Atlanta are business travellers. Atlanta isn't exactly known as a tourist city, although I know the city has been trying to change that perception.
You would be correct in that assumption, lilmusket.

Atlanta receives around 34 million visitors a year, the large majority of them are indeed here on bidness.
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:22 PM
 
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savannah is kind of like a little new orleans.. only place in the state I know of where there is no open container law in the downtown historic district.. they sell daquiris and beer on the sidewalk and bars have to go cups at the door.
Atlanta doesn't even allow happy hour.. so Savannah would seem a much more party friendly tourist destination.
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:34 PM
 
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The Atlanta Metro hands down
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:52 PM
 
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The Atlanta Metro hands down
Atlanta ceretainly has tourist attractrions, but it has never struck me me as a tourist city... I think Savannah is more thought of as a tourist city. They have numerous city tours...you really don't see that in Atlanta.
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Atlanta has the numbers but mainly for businesses, Savannah has the true tourist draw for people on vacation. Savannah's tourist numbers are just above that of Stone Mountain's. Somewhere in the vicinity of 4-7 million annually. (I know thats pretty broad, but I don't have a source for that, I've just heard the numbers in the newspaper & TV in the past)
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Coming from someone in a neighboring state, I think the coastal islands would get top spot in this poll, with Savannah a close second.

(I don't go to ATL unless I have to.)
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Old 04-15-2009, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Coastal Georgia is all around a great place to visit! The beaches can't compare to the Florida Panhandle though.
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Old 04-15-2009, 11:38 AM
 
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The Federal pen outside atlanta and the housing near it. It's a one of a kind experience.
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