Taking a Coca-Cola® Vacation
of the best parts of an All-American vacation is loading up a cooler
with icecold Coca-Cola® for the long trip ahead in the family
car, van or SUV. And for the Coca-Cola lover, the fun doesn't have
to stop there. It's easier than ever to take a Coca-Cola flavored
From museums devoted to Coca-Cola, to cities with special historic
links to the soft drink, to annual conventions for the serious Coke®
collector, the Coca-Cola traveler can find something fun to do in
many parts of the United States
favorite destination is the World of Coca-Cola® in Atlanta, a
three-story pavilion adjacent to the city's restored Underground Atlanta.
The World of Coca-Cola, which recently celebrated its 11th birthday,
has drawn more than 11 million visitors who enjoy taking a trip back
in time by walking through exhibits filled with Coca-Cola memorabilia.
They complete the journey by shopping at the "Everything Coca-Cola®"
store, which offers a wide assortment of Coca-Cola branded merchandise.
Ted Oswalt, a Coca-Cola collector in Lafayette, Indiana, not only
took a vacation trip to the World of Coca-Cola, but he also married
his wife Ruth at the exhibit in 1997. The company has a traveling
exhibit - World of Coca-Cola on Tour - that gives the public the
chance to see, touch and feel firsthand the excitement and unique
heritage of Coca-Cola. Watch for locations and dates.
Buchholz of Atlanta, past president of The Coca-Cola Collectors
Club, often works in a Coca-Cola visit on vacation trips. She's
visited the Everything Coca-Cola Store in Las Vegas, Nevada, which
features the world's largest glass Coca- Cola contour bottle.
One of Karleen's favorite stops is the Biedenharn Candy Company
and Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia in Vicksburg, Mississippi, located
in the restored 1890 building where Coca-Cola was bottled for the
first time anywhere in 1894. (www.preservevicksburg.com)
Travelers in the South can also visit:
Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia at the Elizabethtown,
Kentucky, Tourism and Convention Bureau. (270-234-1100).
Pemberton Historic House Museum, Columbus, Georgia, a four-room
Victorian cottage once owned by John Stith Pemberton, the inventor
The Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, Florida.
A wing will open in October 2001 featuring the collection of Chapman
Root, which includes Coca- Cola memorabilia. (www.moas.org)
Vacationers in many parts of the country can visit towns and cities
historic links to The Coca-Cola Company, including:
Georgia: Hometown of Coca-Cola, created in 1886, as well as headquarters
for The Coca-Cola Company and home of the World of Coca-Cola.
Charlotte, North Carolina: Home of one of the hottest
races on the NASCAR circuit - The Coca-Cola 600.
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Home to the world's first Coca-Cola
bottling company, which celebrated its centennial in 1999.
Dallas, Texas: The first plant outside Atlanta to produce
the special syrup used to make Coca-Cola was built here in 1894.
New York, New York: The first giant electronic Coca-Cola sign was
erected in Times Square in 1929. Today, a giant neon sign featuring
a 42-foot-tall Coca-Cola bottle helps illuminate the heart of New
Quincy, Florida: Hometown of the largest number of people
made millionaires through the purchase of shares of Coca-Cola
Rome, Georgia: The citizens of this north Georgia town
historically drink more Coca-Cola per person, per year, than any
other place in the world.
Terre Haute, Indiana: The Root Glass Company of Terre Haute
created the design of the famous Coca-Cola bottle, based on a
drawing of a cocoa bean, in 1915.
Coca-Cola collectors, there are conventions throughout the country
all year round. For up-to-date information, check The Coca-Cola
Collectors Club web page (www.cocacolaclub.org).
Some events may require club membership. Here is a sample of events:
34th Annual National Convention
Grapevine, TX, July 1-5, 2008
Whether you take a trip especially for a Coca-Cola visit or decide
to make a quick stop on the way to someplace else, we wish you a
safe and happy journey on your Coca-Cola Vacation!