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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 15 attractions in Atlanta

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

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

World of Coca-Cola

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Explore the history of the beloved beverage brand at the must-see Atlanta attraction, World of Coca-Cola—the dynamic, interactive, multimedia home of Coke’s secret formula. See more than 1,200 rare artifacts and sample more than 100 different beverages, get closer than ever to the vault that holds the secret Coca-Cola recipe, and take a trip around the world in a thrilling 3D movie experience.More

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

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

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

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

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

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

College Football Hall of Fame

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The College Football Hall of Fame—also called the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame—is a modern museum honoring the greatest players of college football in the US, past and present. Anchoring the center of Atlanta’s Centennial Park District, the museum holds dozens of interactive exhibits featuring players, teams, uniforms, and history—plus virtual reality games and an indoor football field.More

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

Zoo Atlanta

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Founded in 1889, Zoo Atlanta is among the country’s largest zoos. Based in Grant Park, the zoo is home to more than 1,500 animals from around the world, including one of the country’s largest population of great apes. Plus, it’s one of very few American zoos to house giant pandas.More

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

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A classic field-trip experience for local kids, the Fernbank Museum holds dinosaur skeletons and natural science exhibits in the heart of Fernbank Forest, a restored old-growth forest in northeast Atlanta. Highlights include a saltwater aquarium, live animal habitats, a giant-screen theater showing science-based documentaries, and outdoor features including an elevated forest walkway called WildWoods.More

Krog Street Market

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Housed in a restored cast iron stove factory, Krog Street Market is a colorful food hall in the heart of the Inman Park neighborhood. Stalls showcase southern and international cuisine, featuring artisan food, local bakeries, produce, and gourmet specialties. A ‘living room’ offers a communal space for you to dine and relax.More

Piedmont Park

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A welcome swath of green in Atlanta’s urban core, Piedmont Park is where Atlantans come to play outside, catch cultural events, and shop for produce at the weekly Green Market. You’ll also find the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the Olmstead-designed park, along with playgrounds, paths, and photogenic Lake Clara Meer.More

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Top activities in Atlanta

Private Stranger Things "The Upside Down" Film Locations Tour in Atlanta
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Midtown Atlanta Food & Cocktail Tour
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Dr. Martin Luther King's Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Atlanta

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Great tour!
marlene_j, Mar. 2023
Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour
Great way to see Atlanta’s highlights.
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Amazing Trip
Sherri_A, Mar. 2023
City Lights of Atlanta Night-Time Sightseeing Tour with Photo Stops
It was beautiful and to see all the beautiful lights at night of Atlanta Georgia was gorgeous recognizing the history with a Coca-Cola factory plus also good I don’t feel as if I should have to have 400 words to explain how beautiful my trip was however, it was great.
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Great tour of Atlanta
Shannon_P, Mar. 2023
90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Trolley Tour in Atlanta
Great way to see some of the main attractions and neighbourhoods of Atlanta.
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Lovely tour
ceciliajrodriguez, Mar. 2023
90-Minute Guided Sightseeing Tour by E-Car
I wish there was a longer tour to visit Piedmont park and a few other places in midtown Atlanta.
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Great tour of Atlanta
Doretha_H, Feb. 2023
Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour
Got to see Atlanta's neighborhoods.
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Great your !!
Naila_A, Jan. 2023
90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Trolley Tour in Atlanta
We got to see a little bit of each part of Atlanta which was great !
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My Atlanta experience
Jerolyn_T, Oct. 2022
Atlanta's Black History and Civil Rights Tour
I would very highly recommend this tour to anyone who wanted to see the culture of atlanta.
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One of the best history lessons
taylohr_R, Oct. 2022
Atlanta's Black History and Civil Rights Tour
The tour was amazing to see the rich culture and history for civil rights in Atlanta.
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Stranger Things Fun! Informative tour!
Caryn_P, Mar. 2023
Private Stranger Things "The Upside Down" Film Locations Tour in Atlanta
Bonus she added little nuggets of info about Atlanta and all the activities of Atlanta in between stops so we never had any lull in the conversation.
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Great way to see the neighbors
Anne_K, Feb. 2023
Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour
We got a lot of ideas of places we wanted to visit after this tour.
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Fun! Fun! Fun!
Jennifer_B, Nov. 2022
Private Stranger Things "The Upside Down" Film Locations Tour in Atlanta
I googled “fun things to do in Atlanta”, and as I read down the list, I realized that our family had already done most things-usually more than just once or twice (Coca-Cola Museum, Aquarium, etc.
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Fantastic tour!
Anna_S, Oct. 2022
Grant Park Food and Cemetery Tour
The tour of the cemetery was fascinating and beautiful, surrounded by fall trees and flowers.
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Great way to see Atlanta!
Sandra_D, Oct. 2022
90-Minute Guided Sightseeing Tour by E-Car
We were here for 1 overnight and after the tour we were wishing we had more time to visit.
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Go for it - why not?
Corinne_B, Sep. 2022
Atlanta Ghosts: Hauntings, Ghouls, and Phantoms of Atlanta
It’s cool to learn about the haunting history of Atlanta’s past, and definitely recommend as a way to see the city & learn some history!
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MLK Jr historic walking tour
Cathleen_V, Aug. 2022
Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
She gave us lots of insights as well as things to do in the city!
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Good intro to Atlanta
Margaret_L, Nov. 2022
90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Trolley Tour in Atlanta
Learned a lot about the city and places to visit.
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Take a tour through Rick Grimes
Paul_l, Aug. 2022
Roundabout Atlanta Sightseeing City Tour
First time to Atlanta, it is a good roundabout tour to see the different parts of the city.
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So good!
Jennifer_F, Jul. 2022
Civil War & Battlegrounds Tour of Atlanta by Private Car Service
Interesting to see the area at the time of the conflict and the city now.
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Really dope!
Canitria_C, Jul. 2022
City Lights of Atlanta Night-Time Sightseeing Tour with Photo Stops
I brought my students to Atlanta for a trip and this was one of the first activities we did.
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Exception tour by Chris
Ron_W, Jul. 2022
Private Atlanta History Tour From Civil War to Civil Rights
It was great to see various Atlanta neighborhoods and how they have evolved after the civil war through socioeconomic changes of today.
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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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What is Atlanta famous for?

Atlanta is Georgia's capital and biggest city. Atlanta is known for its Civil War–era history, its place in the civil rights movement, and its thriving African-American culture and community. Today, visitors come to see Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coca-Cola, and more.

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How do I spend a day in Atlanta?

Begin your day in Atlanta with a dose of history: Head to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights or Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. Afterwards, get some fresh air at Zoo Atlanta or stroll along the Atlanta BeltLine. Finish up with a meal at the hip Ponce City Market.

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What is there to do in Atlanta for 3 days?

Discover many Atlanta highlights in three days. On day one, visit downtown and see highlights like the Georgia Aquarium, Georgia State Capitol, and World of Coca-Cola. On day two, explore Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. On day three, head outdoors to the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Piedmont Park.

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What's the number one attraction in Atlanta?

As a popular U.S. travel destination, Atlanta attracts millions of visitors each year. Its top attraction is the Georgia Aquarium. Officially one of the largest aquariums in the world, it hosts exhibitions across 11 million gallons of water, from sharks and rays to penguins and beyond.

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What part of Atlanta should I visit?

Begin your visit in downtown Atlanta, where you'll find top attractions including Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, College Football Hall of Fame, and National Center for Civil and Human Rights. It's also worth heading east to the Sweet Auburn Historic District to discover the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site.

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Is Atlanta worth visiting?

Yes. Atlanta is worth visiting. This metropolitan area of 6 million boasts a vibrant and diverse population, with a wealth of historical landmarks (including those tied to the civil rights movement), world-class museums, bustling sports venues, a thriving restaurant and bar scene, and scenic green spaces in which to unwind.

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