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Welcome to Atlanta

Rich in history and sunny in disposition, the southern city of Atlanta, Georgia mixes family fun with big-city amenities. While visitors flock to the most popular things to do—such as the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site—they would be remiss to overlook the city’s charms, expressed in the distinct character of each of Atlanta’s 242 neighborhoods. From historic Buckhead’s grand homes and tree-lined boulevards to the skyscrapers etching the skyline of the industrial downtown, Atlanta’s flavors are as complex as the soul food binding the city together.

Top 10 attractions in Atlanta

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Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

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The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park commemorates the life, work, and legacy of the Civil Rights Movement leader. The center—which takes up several blocks in Sweet Auburn, the center of black Atlanta—includes King’s birth home and the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where both King’s father and grandfather served as ministers.More
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World of Coca-Cola

World of Coca-Cola

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Boasting a collection of more than 200 historical artifacts, a 4-D theater experience, and interactive museum exhibits, the World of Coca-Cola® in Atlanta does far more than whet your whistle for a (though it does that, too). Pay homage to the birthplace of the world’s most popular soft drink and learn how a simple beverage became a global sensation and a must-see Atlanta attraction.More
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Atlanta Beltline

Atlanta Beltline

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An ambitious “rails-to-trails” project, the Atlanta Beltline transforms the city’s trash-collecting tracks into more than 22 miles of footpaths for bikers, runners and pedestrians. The Beltline, a work in progress, merges the city's parks and green spaces, connects neighborhoods to each other and makes public transit more accessible. The Beltline shows off the very best parts of Atlanta.The popular Eastside Trail and the Historic Fourth Ward Park are two projects, among many others, that have been completed. A planned streetcar is in the works, an addition that will connect the furthest reaches of the Beltline to more popular, central attractions in Atlanta. Some of the other highlights include 33 miles of multi-use trails, 1,300 acres of parks, more public art and historic preservation efforts.More
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Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park

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The 1996 Summer Olympic Games live on at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, a 22-acre (9-hectare) site that remains one of the city’s top public spaces. Come to splash in—or photograph—the park's main icon, the Fountain of Rings, a computer-controlled fountain with lights and jets of water that display the Olympic logo.More
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Inman Park

Inman Park

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It is hard not to love historic Inman Park. Often called Atlanta’s oldest neighborhood, it was established in 1890 and named after Samuel Inman, a prominent Atlanta businessman in the late 1800s. The picturesque area features several parks with abundant green spaces, wide lawns, stately Victorian-era homes and a plethora of independent boutiques and restaurants. Winding, narrow streets make strolling through the neighborhood an appealing option, and on any given day, residents enjoy tea and lemonade on sweeping front porches flanked by azalea bushes, giving the area a charming, homey feel.Inman Park is a celebration of historic Atlanta residential architecture from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and in addition to Victorian-style mansions, influences range from Romanesque to Queen Anne. The neighborhood is comprised of two parts–the Inman Park historic district and the Inman Park-Moreland Historic District. The area has undergone extensive restoration and renovation in the last decade, and the priceless real estate, combined with the area’s accessibility to the rest of Atlanta, makes Inman Park one of Atlanta’s most coveted neighborhoods.More
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Georgia State Capitol

Georgia State Capitol

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The focal point of the Atlanta skyline is the stately gold dome of the Georgia State Capitol. Lady Freedom, a statue holding a sword and a lantern, stands atop the Capitol building; she has captured the attention of everyone who passes by since 1889. The design of the building draws from the neoclassical style, similar to that of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. Inside the building, Victorian and Florentine Renaissance influence is evident in the artistic motifs, while the site has been designated a National Historic Landmark.The Capitol is the main operating building for Georgia’s state government. It houses the offices of the state governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state, and is also the site where the General Assembly gathers. The fourth floor holds an educational museum and a visitors' center. The museum’s collections focus on the history of Georgia and include Native American artifacts and indigenous animals, while portraits of Georgia’s governors line the walls of the building. War banners and flags are displayed on every floor, and one of the most important sights in the Georgia State Capitol is the Hall of Fame, full of memorials to the Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence and other famous Georgia citizens.More
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National Center for Civil and Human Rights

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

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The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a cultural center in downtown Atlanta that seeks to connect the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. Their purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings. The Center's goal is to inspire and empower visitors to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their own communities.The Center has both permanent and temporary exhibitions on different topics relating to civil and human rights. Exhibitions explore the history of the civil rights movement in the US during the 1950s and 1960s. Others focus on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and work in the fight for equal rights. Some exhibitions focus more on present-day issues of human rights and how certain groups are depicted in the media. These exhibits aim to help visitors gain a deeper understanding of human rights and how they affect the lives of every person.More
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College Football Hall of Fame

College Football Hall of Fame

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The College Football Hall of Fame, also known as the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame,in Atlanta honors the greatest players throughout the history of college football. Their stories and achievements are commemorated here in a one-of-a-kind experience. Visitors can learn about exceptional players and the records they broke by exploring the exhibitions in the Hall of Fame. Permanent, etched-glass representations of each Hall of Fame player are on display. There are also 10 augmented reality displays where visitors can view images and video of players and coaches from their favorite school.More than 750 helmets representing each college football team are on display, as well as larger than life images from 11 conference champions that are updated each season. Visitors can also see historical game-worn uniforms. Other exhibitions explore the dedication, passion, and sacrifice that goes into being a college football player. There are also sections that focus on the social traditions of college football, the bands, cheerleaders, mascots, and tailgating traditions.More
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Ebenezer Baptist Church

Ebenezer Baptist Church

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Light streams through the stained glass windows of Ebenezer Baptist Church, illuminating the altar where Martin Luther King, Jr. was baptized as a child and served as pastor in adulthood. America’s most famous Civil Rights leader grew up in this church, and his legacy lives on inside its walls today, where the church serves as one of the foremost landmarks of the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta and in the United States.The church was founded in 1886 during the Reconstruction Era in the South after the Civil War, and by the mid-20th century, Martin Luther King, Sr. was leading the congregation from the pulpit on Sundays, setting the stage for his son to take over. MLK, Jr. joined his father as a co-pastor from 1960 until the fateful day of his death in 1968. His funeral, too, was held here. The church has since been restored to look as it did in the 1960s during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, and MLK Jr.’s voice greets visitors as they walk through the storied doors, his sermons and speeches playing on a loop on loudspeakers in the Church. Ebenezer Baptist Church still holds sermons today, a testament to the conviction and passion of the congregations that have kept this unique historical landmark alive for well over a century.More
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Senoia

Senoia

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Senoia is a small suburb of Atlanta, GA with a population of about 3,300 people and was originally settled in the mid 1800s. This quiet town has gained more attention recently due to its role in the television and film industry. Senoia's significant number of historical buildings in the downtown area give it an interesting atmosphere in which to film. It has been home to several movies over the years includingFried Green Tomatoes, Sweet Home Alabama, andDrop Dead Diva.More recently the town has become the setting for the AMC television series The Walking Dead. The town doubles for the town of Woodbury, the fictitious setting of the show. Visitors can walk through town and see some of the buildings that have been featured in the series. Tens of thousands of people visit Senoia each year to catch a glimpse of their favorite show, and stores, cafes, and tours have been created cater to them.More

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Top activities in Atlanta

The Touring Dead Walking Tour

The Touring Dead Walking Tour

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Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Private Stranger Things "The Upside Down" Film Locations Tour in Atlanta
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Atlanta Sightseeing Tour

Atlanta Sightseeing Tour

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Atlanta CityPASS

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Atlanta Indoor Skydiving Experience with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate
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90 Minute Trolley Tour in Atlanta

90 Minute Trolley Tour in Atlanta

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City Lights Atlanta Night Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Atlanta

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Fantastic
Marisa_B, Jul 2021
Roundabout Atlanta Sightseeing City Tour
We were able to see many things, The driver was fantastic and he provided refreshments.
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A great night
Dana_B, Jun 2021
City Lights Atlanta Night Tour
Omar was very knowledgeable about the city, gave us a lot of great recommendations For things to do to in Atlanta.
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Excellent Overiew of Atlanta
David_W, May 2021
90-Minute Atlanta Guided Sightseeing Tour by Electric Car
Unfortunately, traffic in Atlanta has discouraged us from visiting other attractions
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Was good
Anna_B, May 2021
Custom Atlanta Private Tour
atlanta history museum was cool, i enjoyed hearing about all the cool places in the city, and things to do
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Well worth the tour take the time to do it
Michelle_S, May 2021
The Walking Dead VIP Tour
Also got to see filming sites for some of our other movie interests and Atlanta history along our tour .
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Great Experience
Joseph_P, May 2021
Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour
He was a joy to be with and we were really sorry to see the Toure end.
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A Must!!!
Catalina_W, Apr 2021
Private Stranger Things "The Upside Down" Film Locations Tour in Atlanta
My wife and I wanted to see the different locations of Stranger Things in Atlanta.
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Book now!!!
Kyiana_H, Apr 2021
Atlanta Black History & Civil Rights Tour
There was so much to see on this tour.
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The tour was very...
Ana_V, Mar 2021
Roundabout Atlanta Sightseeing City Tour
Definitely recommend it if you want to visit the main spots in the city.
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A Three Hour Tasting tour
Charles_K, Jul 2021
3-Hour Atlanta Beltline Food, Street Art and History Tour
Although it was a hot Atlanta summer day, the route had plenty of shade, as well as enough air-conditioned stops to cool off.
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Great Tour
Kwadwo_T, Jul 2021
90-Minute Atlanta Guided Sightseeing Tour by Electric Car
90 minutes, We saw all the major spots one needed to see in Atlanta and we stopped for about 15 mins at the MLK historic site (this will be your only major stop).
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TWD +
Carrie_M, Jun 2021
The Walking Dead in the City: Private Atlanta Film Location Tour
He gave recommendations of other things to do/see during our stay.
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Overall, a great Black Atlanta tour!
Vanessa_G, Jun 2021
Atlanta Black History & Civil Rights Tour
He covered major Black attractions and made learning about Black Atlanta fun!
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A Tour Worth Taking
Thomas_T, Feb 2021
Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour
I definitely recommend that you take this tour if you want to see interesting places and learn things about Atlanta.
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Great way to see downtown Atlanta.
r2bros, Dec 2020
Atlanta Segway Tour: Midtown Sightseeing
What a great way to see downtown Atlanta!
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Marilyn_K, Aug 2020
Atlanta CityPASS
Our visit to the city attractions were very nice and provided a good learning experience for the great city of Atlanta.
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John is great!
neslix3, Feb 2020
Atlanta Segway Tour: Midtown Sightseeing
We had a great time and got to see numerous attractions around Atlanta.
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Cecil L G, Jul 2017
3-Hour Atlanta Beltline Food, Street Art and History Tour
This was a great tour even though I've been going to Atlanta all my life I got to see a side of the city I never had seen.
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Stacey I, Sep 2017
Atlanta Historical Homes Tour
A good tour to take if you only have a 1/2 day and want to see some of the historical sights in Atlanta.
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Francis L, Jul 2016
Atlanta City Sightseeing Tour by Segway
I grew up in Georgia but never really spent much time in Atlanta this was a unique way to see the city.

All about Atlanta

When to visit

From Dogwood Festival to SweetWater 420 Fest, you'll find the most opportunities to celebrate Atlanta's culture in the spring. Plus, this time of year has some of the most welcoming weather. Temperatures are equally pleasant in the fall, when music festivals abound and the city's many parks are covered in autumn colors.

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