Located just 3 miles from our campground! See sparkling gems and minerals, more than 40 pre-historic animals, a steam-powered locomotive, a helicopter and a jet cockpit, or travel the galaxy with a show in the planetarium and see the stars in a new light with special stargazing events at the observatory. Tellus is open Monday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In 1825, the Cherokee National Legislature established a capital called New Echota. The thriving town, this new governmental seat became headquarters for the small independent eastern Tennessee and northeastern Alabama. Today, New Echota is an active State Historic Site where visitors can tour original and reconstructed historic structures and learn about the dreams and lives of the Indians who tried to pattern their government and lifestyle after the white man only to be uprooted from their land removed westward on the Trail of Tears in 1838-39.
Home to several thousand Native Americans from 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D., this 54 acre site contains six earthen mounds, a plaza, and village area, borrow pits and defensive ditch. This is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeastern United States. The Etowah Indian Mounds symbolize a society rich in ritual. Towering over the community, the 63-foot flat-topped earthen knoll was used as a platform for the home of the priest-chief. In another mound, nobility were buried in elaborate costumes accompanied by items they would need in their after-lives. Today, visitors may tour the museum where exhibits interpret daily life in the once self-sufficient community.
During the 1790s, James Van became a Cherokee Indian leader and wealthy businessman. He established the largest and most prosperous plantation in the Cherokee Nation, covering 1,000 acres of what is now Murray County. In 1804 he completed the construction of a beautiful two-and-a-half story brick home that was the most elegant and expensive in the Cherokee Nation. After Vann was murdered in 1809, his son Joseph inherited the mansion and plantation. Joseph was also a Cherokee leader and became even more wealthy that his father. In the 1830s almost the entire Cherokee Nation was forced west by state and federal troops on the infamous Trail of Tears. The Vann family lost their elegant home and plantation, rebuilding in the Cherokee Territory in Oklahoma.
Step back to 1894, and see the first outdoor painted wall sign for Coca-Cola, at Young Brothers Pharmacy in historic downtown Cartersville. The sign has been authenticated by the Coca-Cola Company as there first outdoor painted-wall advertisement for Coca-Cola. Over the years other signs were painted on the wall and the original Coca-Cola advertisement was hidden. Buried under 25 layers of paint, the sign probably would have been lost forever. The sign has been restored and appears just as it did when first painted, over 100 years ago.
The American Civil was the greatest conflict in our nation's history, fought in over 10,000 places across the country. This tragic war has been a subject for artists since the first shots were fired. Today many artists continue to portray the war's defining moments in stunning paintings and sculpture. The best artwork by these artists makes up the collection at the Booth Western Art Museum, with paintings hung in chronological order to help visitors understand the battles as they occurred.
The Center documents the history of Bartow County in time-line fashion and is based on artifacts and interpretive information. Visitors will see displays that revisit:
Cherokee Lands-Native American - culture in Northwest Georgia before the white man's arrival.
Pioneers & Plantations - Early settlers brought a pioneering spirit and agriculture to the area.
Etowah Valley Home Life - Living at home with the first settlers of the region.
Farm Life - A view of how the first farmers made their crops in fertile Bartow County.
The Civil War - Bartow County was a Confederate stronghold and is rich in Civil War history.
Experience the World of Coca-Cola which is located at the intersection of MLK, Jr. Drive and Central Avenue, one block west of the State Capitol and adjacent to Underground Atlanta.
Visit the home of the Atlanta Braves. Take a first class tour. Tours begin on the hour inside the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame and last for approximately 60 minutes. Depending on the demands of stadium operations, tours will include the following: Braves Museum & Hall of Fame, scouts alley, Coca-Cola Sky Field, broadcast booth, clubhouse (locker room), press box, visitor's bullpen, souvenir shop.
On November 24, 1863, the ordinary "fog of war" was augmented by a thick heavy mist that hung over Lookout Mountain all day. The ensuing Civil War conflict would come to be known as "The Battle Above the Clouds."
The spectacular three-dimensional electronic battle map presentation of Chattanoogas Civil War history features 5,000 miniature soldiers, 650 lights, sound effects and exceptional details of the major battles which were fought here in November of l863. The Museum lets you experience the battles as they were fought over l30 years ago--the battles that sealed the fate of the Confederacy.
The Tennessee Aquarium takes you all the places rivers go-from high mountain forests to lush valleys to swamp lands to tropical rain forests. Written narratives throughout the building describe the exhibits and the animals in them. View salamanders, darters, turtles, snakes, songbirds, river otters, stingrays, tarpon and alligators.
You will see displays of early bottling equipment and the evolution of the famed contour bottle and view videos showing a bottling plant from 1919 as well as the latest bottling and canning methods. A collection of over 1,000 objects, artifacts and memorabilia from the Coca-Cola Company begins here, starting you on a nostalgic journey through more than a century of history.
Ride Americas largest aerial tramway from downtown Gatlinburg . The smooth, non-stop ride provides a breathtaking panorama of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains that changes with every season. No swimwear necessary to enjoy the Lightnin Raft Ride or Shoot-the-Chute water rides. Race against your friends in Naskart go-karts or experience the excitement of the Alpine Slide. Kiddie-Land provides hours of fun for the children with tunnels to explore, swinging bridges to cross, ladder to scale and chutes to slide down. Skate in our Ice Area or ski down one of eight fabulous slopes in winter.
At Zoo Atlanta , animals live among the trees, in the hills, alongside streams and watering holes, in naturalistic habitats that look and feel like their homes in the wild. This encourages the animals to "act naturally". Zoo Atlanta is "A Natural Place", "A Saving Place", "An Educational Place" and most of all "A Caring Place".