7 of the biggest, tallest things in Georgia


The biggest or tallest of anything – whether it's a drive-in restaurant or a skyscraper – is entitled to bragging rights and often becomes an iconic symbol of its city and state. 

21 things you won’t find in Atlanta anymore

Georgia and Atlanta certainly have their fair share of impressive buildings – or in a few cases, impressively odd – that help define the area.

The following are 5 of the biggest, tallest things in Georgia:

Biggest drive-in restaurant

It's no surprise that the biggest drive-in restaurant in Georgia – and the world – is The Varsity.

It serves an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 people on a football Saturday, but crowds can swell even larger on Saturdays in July, Gordon Muir, grandson of founder Frank Gordy and president of The Varsity, told the AJC. A two-story parking deck, plus more spots around the building, are further evidence of the huge crowds that make The Varsity the biggest drive-in.

Biggest football stadium

The new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will be able to pack up to 75,000 fans in for a potential Super Bowl or up to 83,000 for other events, but the largest football stadium in Georgia will still be Sanford Stadium in Athens.

The Georgia Bulldogs play in front of home crowds as large as 92,746 on Saturdays, and although Sanford will undergo a $63 million renovation, it's expected to affect capacity only by the addition of a 500-seat recruiting pavilion.

UGA approves $63 million renovation to Sanford Stadium

Biggest church

Located firmly in the Bible Belt, Georgia probably has several churches close to where you live and work. More than six of Atlanta's houses of worship qualify as megachurches, with each having an average of over 2,000 worshipers a week.

Take me to church: Here are the 5 largest megachurches in Georgia

Alpharetta's North Point Community Church and its satellite campuses attract more than 30,000 people each week, making it the largest church in Georgia and the third largest in the nation.

Tallest building

With its soaring skyline, Atlanta is home to many tall buildings, but the title of the tallest in the state – as well as the Southeast  – goes to Bank of America Plaza. At 1,023 feet tall, it has 55 stories and 1.3 million square feet of space.

The building has changed owners several times over the years and also has been subject to the highs and lows of the real estate market, but it continues to dominate Atlanta's skyline.

Biggest roadside attractions

Roadside attractions – those quirky, kitschy places you might stop by on your way to someplace else – are a staple of every state, including Georgia. The biggest can be hard to exactly quantify, but a few of the largest may reveal a little about the state and what's important to Georgians. 

6 Georgia roadside attractions worth the drive

If these attractions are any indication, granite, fried chicken and peanuts are all symbols of the state:

The Big Chicken at 12 Cobb Parkway in Marietta is an iconic 56-foot animatronic chicken on top of a KFC restaurant. Constructed in 1983, it recently underwent a $2.2 million renovation and reopened on May 11, 2017.

Georgia also has a large peanut monument that attracts stares from drivers passing by on I-75 and visitors including Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. Located at 300 Sylvia Drive in Ashburn, the 20-foot tall monument proudly proclaims "Georgia 1st in Peanuts."

Finally, Georgia's own Stonehenge of sorts – known as The Georgia Guidestones – has been erected in Nuberg. Each of the four granite monoliths is 19 feet tall and were erected at the request of a stranger who wanted a remote location with a lot of good granite to have his own version of Stonehenge built, according to RoadsideAmerica.com.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Go Guide

Pools, hot tubs more likely than lakes to make you sick, studies find
Pools, hot tubs more likely than lakes to make you sick, studies find

Taking a cool, refreshing dip in a lake or swimming pool is one of summer’s enjoyments and sometimes a necessary escape from the stifling heat. But two recent federal health studies found that some waters is better than others, at least when it comes to avoiding waterborne illnesses. Of 633 outbreaks nationwide caused by bacteria, viruses or...
Home remedies: Treating your sunburn
Home remedies: Treating your sunburn

It boils down to what’s in the term sunburn: “sun” and “burn.” Simply put, the sun burns your skin. And the result can be pain, redness, blisters and peeling skin. “Prevention is the key,” says Dr. Cindy Kermott, a Mayo Clinic preventive medicine physician. “But if you’ve already been sunburned...
Effortless ways to eat well this summer

It’s hot outside, and you’ve got about 50 million more fun things to do than ponder nutritious choices. So just … don’t! With our simple tricks and tips, eating well is as effortless as lounging by the pool. Problem: We love Mexican and Chinese takeout. Do you have any smart picks? Solution: On Chinese night, order steamed...
Healthy heatwave reminders: Heatstroke and hydration
Healthy heatwave reminders: Heatstroke and hydration

On bright summer days we may remember to apply the sunscreen, but we may not remember to give the heat the full respect it deserves. When temperatures soar, Mayo Clinic experts say we need to take precautions. We also need to be on guard for the warning signs of overheating. Family medicine physician Jennifer Nordstrom, M.D., at Mayo Clinic Health...
Kick added sugar in sports drinks
Kick added sugar in sports drinks

Nike recently launched a Gatorade-colored collection of Air Jordan sneakers in honor of the sports drink’s famous 1991 “Be Like Mike” advertisement, which encouraged Americans to consume brightly hued sugar water if they wanted to emulate basketball star Michael Jordan. Plenty did. Gatorade is still paying big bucks to professional...
More Stories