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July 11, 2018

What to do in Atlanta for Imaging USA 2019

It’s fitting that, for its 150th-anniversary celebration, PPA is hosting Imaging USA right in its hometown of Atlanta, Ga. One of the best perks with Imaging USA being in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center is all the attractions and places you can check out when you have a moment to spare from classes and the trade show. (photo ©2017, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau)

First up is the Luckie Marietta district, the pedestrian-friendly area right around the Congress Center. It has something for everyone! You can see what goes on in a real newsroom at the Inside CNN Studio Tour or learn about the history of the world’s most popular soft drink and sample flavors from around the globe at the World of Coca-Cola.

Sports fans can go nuts inside the College Football Hall of Fame, and history buffs will be inspired by linking past to present at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Also in walking distance from Imaging USA is the Georgia Aquarium with little fish, BIG fish and everything in between. Like penguins! Don’t forget, the aquarium is also the site of the closing party, and you can bring family and friends with discounted tickets.

There are also plenty of food options at nearby restaurants and bars, from fine dining to burgers to coffee and yes, Waffle House. Plus, there are now some great new food options right inside the Congress Center!

The gateway to all these places is Centennial Olympic Park, built for the 1996 Summer Olympics and now the site of some great photo opportunities.  

If you want to branch out a bit, hop on the Atlanta Streetcar for a quick ride to the Sweet Auburn Curb Market for tasty local and organic eateries, the popular Edgewood bar district, and to the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., and the MLK Jr. National Historic Site. You can visit his boyhood home, the church where he preached, and the eternal flame at his and Coretta’s final resting place.

If you want to get even further, take Atlanta’s public transit which can bring you to other parts of the city like Midtown, Buckhead or Decatur. You can even use it to come and go to the airport! At just $2.50 a ride, it’s a cheap way to explore the city.

There’s plenty more to see and do during your free time in Atlanta. Take a look at for more options.  And while you’re at Imaging USA, make sure you ask PPA staff for a recommendation. Atlanta is our home, after all, and we’re very excited to host you this year!  We look forward to seeing you in January!