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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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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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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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Inman Park

Inman Park

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Atlanta’s first planned suburb—and the first “electric trolley neighborhood” in the country—Inman Park was established in the 1880s, and is now one of the city’s most desirable areas. The neighborhood is known for its grand Victorian homes and the annual Inman Park Festival, plus a wealth of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and boutiques.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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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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Margaret Mitchell House

Margaret Mitchell House

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Though much of the epic Pulitzer Prize–winning novelGone with the Wind takes place in famously grand houses, author Margaret Mitchell penned the tome from a tiny Atlanta apartment. Today her home is the Margaret Mitchell House, which serves as a tribute to where the author lived and worked while writing the novel from 1925 to 1932.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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Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery

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More than just Atlanta’s oldest cemetery, dating back to 1850, Oakland Cemetery’s large grounds serve as a tranquil sanctuary from the urban bustle. Take a quiet moment to meander past stunning mausoleums, grand oaks, and notable graves including those of Bobby Jones, Margaret Mitchell, and Maynard Jackson.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Atlanta

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Super orientation to Atlanta
Anne_P, Apr 2022
90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Trolley Tour in Atlanta
Our guide Steve was great - gave us a lot of tips about what to see and where to eat.
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Memorable!
Jeffrey_W, Apr 2022
Black History Atlanta Tour by Luxury car
This was my first time to Atlanta and this tour has to be on the top of your list of things to do!
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Nice Tour
Nicole_B, Apr 2022
Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour
It will give you a good overview of things to visit.
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The guide emily was very...
emily_s, Mar 2022
90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Trolley Tour in Atlanta
I had a 14 hour layover in Atlanta so it was a great way to see the highlights of the city!
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A must see in Atlanta
Barry_K, Mar 2022
Atlanta's Black History and Civil Rights Tour
I would definitely put this on your list of things to do in Atlanta.
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Living our best life
Shawn_C, Mar 2022
2.5hr Guided Segway Tour of Historic Atlanta
Wow what can I say this was my son and my first trip to Atlanta doing the Segway tour has been a real highlight of our trip we loved our guy he was a lot of fun and he had a wealth of information if I visit again I will take the 2 o’clock session to see the other half of the city you can’t go wrong with this
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Fun, Resourceful and well worth the price.
JENNIFER_A, Mar 2022
Midtown Atlanta Food & Cocktail Tour
This along with other activities I found made my birthday trip one of the best.
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MUST DO
Leah_H, Mar 2022
2.5hr Guided Segway Tour of Historic Atlanta
The trip is a really fun way to see Atlanta.
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Great tour
Laura_T, Feb 2022
Half Day Atlanta City Tour
We were able to see the highlights of Atlanta in about four hours.
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Very Rewarding Experience
Mark_P, Feb 2022
90-Minute Guided Sightseeing Tour by E-Car
In addition to all the information, she also told us of other areas of Atlanta to visit and recommended restaurants specific to one’s taste.
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Seeing all of the...
Joseph_P, Dec 2021
Atlanta's Black History and Civil Rights Tour
It was refreshing to see where Black Panther was filmed in Atlanta.
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Had a great time
emudariki, Nov 2021
90-Minute Guided Sightseeing Tour by E-Car
We had been to Atlanta a lot of times but wow this tour was the best way to see the city.
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A wonderful way to experience the city
Renee_T, Apr 2022
Guided Bike Tour in Atlanta with Snacks
It is such a wonderful experience to see the multi-facets of the city, such as the Old Forth Ward with MLK memorials, the old and new sections of Inman Park that illustrate the evolving of the city, the fast growing midtown and Buckhead.
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Atlanta CityPASS
I was very surprised and happy that the 3 attractions were all located in the same area.
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Great Day
Daniel_P, Nov 2021
Guided Bike Tour in Atlanta with Snacks
Great way to see Atlanta.
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Darshna_P, Sep 2021
Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour
And very friendly I strongly recommend everyone to see Atlanta with Audrey and Amanda.
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NAKEA_F, Mar 2022
90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Trolley Tour in Atlanta
I've lived in Atlanta for about a year now and hadn't had a change to see the city.
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TWD tour
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The Walking Dead in the City: Private Atlanta Film Location Tour
We were able to see not only filming spots for TWD by Marvel movies and a few others, our driver Chris was very informative and knows the area well.
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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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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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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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