Winner: Best landmark in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

As an Atlantan, you likely have your list of must-do's for out-of-town friends and family.

Last week's Best of Atlanta poll discovered your favorite landmarks that help define our city's identity.

Some of the best landmarks also double as great conversation pieces and even directional wayfinding.

If you've ever been told to turn right past the The Big Chicken, then you know what we're talking about. Coming in first place, this KFC restaurant in Marietta boasts a 56-foot animatronic chicken that was first constructed in 1963. 

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In second, Stone Mountain Park offers unique outdoor entertainment and activities throughout the year for the whole family. Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, you won’t want to miss dozens of fun annual events such as Spring FUN Break, Summer at the Rock, Yellow Daisy Festival, Indian Festival and Pow-Wow, Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain.

The Varsity is a staple in the Midtown skyline as you pass through on I-75/I-85. They're famous for their chili-smothered hot dogs, burgers and fries since 1928. The experience at our third place winner is only complete with a Frosted Orange.  

A landmark is defined as a significant building or place that is easy to see and recognize, usually of historical importance. Atlanta has these important markers in abundance, including our famous runner-ups: Historic Oakland Cemetery (Intown), Georgia State Capitol (Intown), Homage to King (Intown), Krog Street Tunnel (Intown), BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta (Gwinnett) and Cherokee Memorial (North Fulton).

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While we recognize the landmarks that we know and love, we also tip our hats to these things that you won't find in Atlanta anymore

According to a recent ranking, though it has stood the test of time, there is one Atlanta landmark that visitors and locals and alike could do without.

If you want to connect with historic sites across the state, visit these five places that are sure to get you in touch with the state’s history.

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