“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
No matter when you arrive in Midtown, it's showtime. Midtown's Cultural Corridor is home to 30 performing arts groups and 25 entertainment venues, including the granddaddy of them all: the art deco Arabesque Fox Theatre. Generations of fans have yelled "Freebird!" for encores here, ever since Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded their definitive Southern rock anthem at the Fox. Summer brings Music Midtown and Screen on the Green to 189-acre Piedmont Park, while winter inside the vast Woodruff Arts Center means great performances at Atlanta Symphony and Tony-winning Alliance Theatre. The High Museum of Art keeps the inspiration coming from Italian Renaissance painting through Southern folk art, with 13,000 artworks overflowing Richard Meier's dazzling white-enamel galleries into Renzo Piano's light-dappled 2005 extension. The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) gives Midtown even more to brag about with its Smithsonian-approved collection, 2011 platinum LEED-certified green building, and blockbuster shows ranging from Bauhaus furniture to skateboard art. Midtown has been a major drag ever since Drag Race superstar RuPaul rocked the Atlanta LGBT scene, which is America's third largest and most diverse. Atlanta Gay Pride Fest has grown since 1971 into a week-long extravaganza in June, though Midtown's underground club scene has been mainstreamed and tamed since the '90s. All dressed up and no place to go in Atlanta, like Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind Channel Margaret Mitchell, who wrote these Pulitzer Prize-winning words in Midtown: "My dear, I don't give a damn."