Welcome to Atlanta!!!
The 2021 BANA team in Atlanta is really excited to welcome you to our beautiful
city. As the preeminent city in the southeast, Atlanta is a warm, culturally diverse and hospitable place.
It is truly a city of the future, with a vibrant mix of races, cultures and languages. It offers a thriving
economy and a buzzing social life. With balmy weather, friendly people, and delicious food, we have a
little something for everyone. Come join us for BANA 2021 and enjoy the BANA experience, in a city that
is like no other.
In the coming months, we will offer more detailed information about Atlanta. To start off though, here is
a peek at some things to do, places to see and experiences to be had, in Atlanta.
Downtown Atlanta is filled with many of the must-see items on a visitor's list. In many cases, it's an easy
walk from one sight to another. MARTA trains and buses will carry you to the other places. In a pinch,
Uber and Lyft drivers abound.
The World of Coke, CNN Center, Georgia Aquarium –these are some of the main draws in Atlanta. All of
them border the fabulous Centennial Park, where the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the 1996
Atlanta Olympic Games were held. The majestic torch that held the Olympic flame still stands there.
As you come in to land at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta airport, you will notice that you can hardly see the
city for the thick, green tree cover. Atlanta is a city of trees and parks. Piedmont Park is very central and
a great place to while away a few hours, whether you prefer people watching or getting in some active
The Carter Presidential Library and the Martin Luther King Center are a big part of the Atlanta
experience. The Atlanta History Center also offers some unique insights into the backstory of the
American South. Stone Mountain Park has some fantastic views, lots of activities for all ages and a
scaled-down re-creation of an old plantation. And lovers of 'Gone With the Wind', don't forget to head to Margaret Mead House.
For the young and the young at heart, Six Flags and Six Flags Whitewater offer a great way to spend a
day together for some family fun.
A short drive will bring you to Lake Lanier. This area offers boating, regattas and yacht races. Everything
the marina crowd desires, all in one place.
Atlanta has long been a college town. From the famous HBCUs like Morehouse and Spelman, to the
venerable Georgia Tech and a whole host of other colleges. Metro Atlanta has a total of 59 colleges.
High schoolers can get one part of their college tour done while you are here.
Good, hearty food and comforting, soul food, both of these combine to make up a uniquely Atlanta
cuisine. So, don't forget to get your grits on. In addition to chicken and waffles, try any of numerous
cuisines from around the world, because Atlanta has immigrant communities from all corners of the
There's so much more to Atlanta, where every neighborhood has a different and special feel. We invite
you to discover all of it.
Come for the BANA Convention, stay for a Southern adventure.
Atlanta welcomes all y'all (yes, that's how we say it in Atlanta).