By: Gaoli “Chamomile” Moua, Copy Editor and Staff Writer
Come August, Delta Phi Lambda sisters will be flying and driving into the multifaceted city of Atlanta to attend the national convention. Between shuffling sorority documents and leadership workshops, an authentic Atlanta experience should not be neglected, as the city has lots to offer.
But with so little free time during convention, how can sisters even begin to explore the numerous cultures residing in Atlanta? Luckily, sisters will be hosted at the Holiday Inn on Capitol Avenue, which is located near some of the most visited Atlanta attractions.
Among the long list of things to do during the weekend of convention (August 13-15), sisters can catch the Atlanta Braves playing the LA Dodgers, visit an art exhibit at the High Museum, sample Coke around the world at the World of Coca-Cola, meet the beluga whales at the Georgia Aquaraium and visit Piedmont Park, where many movies have been filmed. Georgia State University alum and Atlanta resident Lauren “Raider” Soriano recommends visiting the Oakland Cemetery and having a meal at Six Feet Under, which overlooks the historic landmark. If sisters find themselves wanting to find a shopping plaza, Atlantic Station is a great place to release some stress by buying merchandise, catching a bite or just exploring and socializing with other sisters.
Those interested in politics and history can walk down to the State Capitol building to take a tour and experience the “New South” of the post-Reconstruction era. Blocks away from the capitol building is Underground Atlanta and the central hub of Atlanta, called Five Points. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is minutes away east of Five points.
Just a few blocks away from Five Points is Walter’s, a world-famous school and clothing store, right next to Georgia State University.
Should sisters want to get away from the fast-pace culture of downtown Atlanta, Little Five Points is just minutes away. Here, sisters can relax and people-watch while sipping on a drink of their choice, visit one of the eccentric shops like Junkman’s Daughter, buy a vinyl record at Criminal Records, take pictures with the graffiti on buildings or take the pizza challenge at The Vortex.
Atlanta can be overwhelming with things to do and see, but sisters should not be discouraged if they lack personal transportation. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service and has a cabstand right outside its doors. The Holiday Inn also has free Wi-Fi should anyone need to do a little research before taking off.
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