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Atlanta: 1.5-Hour Highlight Trolley Tour

1. Atlanta: 1.5-Hour Highlight Trolley Tour

Explore all the most popular and historic areas of the “Capitol of the South.” Hop aboard the Trolley in Atlanta’s downtown and hear the stories and history of this southern metropolis. This trolley tour is an excellent way to get the lay of the land and open your eyes to all the things you can do in Atlanta. Cruise by the Old 4th Ward, the neighborhood where Martin Luther King Jr. grew up, which is now filled with artisanal restaurants and stores. Discover areas such as Centennial Olympic Park, Inman Park, and Ansley Park.

Atlanta Electric Car City Tour

2. Atlanta Electric Car City Tour

Learn all about the history of Atlanta and explore some of its most exciting areas on a 90-minute journey via electric car. Explore the city far away from all its main tourist-crowded areas downtown. Discover some of its most historic and eclectic neighborhoods like Inman Park, Atlanta's first planned suburb; Old Fourth Ward, the birthplace of the civil rights movement and home to Dr. Martin Luther King; Georgia Institute of Technology; the Martin Luther King Jr Historic Site; and Midtown Atlanta, with its thriving bars, cafes, and colorful lifestyle. The Atlanta Experience tour is perfect for both tourists and locals wanting to learn more about the city's history. Whether a first-time visitor or an Atlanta resident, you will leave with a new found love and affection for this great southern city.

Atlanta: Black History and Civil Rights City Driving Tour

3. Atlanta: Black History and Civil Rights City Driving Tour

Drive around the home of the modern Civil Rights movement and discover the rich African-American heritage of Atlanta. Visit the most iconic and significant neighborhoods and landmarks while learning their historical significance and hear the stories of leaders and activists, past and present. Explore the major heritage sights of African-American Heritage by driving around Atlanta. Visit the heritage district of Sweet Auburn Avenue, a famous black neighborhood lined with iconic churches and black-owned businesses. Learn important stories from your guide and discover Atlanta's many close ties to great African-American leaders and activists such as W.E.B Du Bois, Madam CJ Walker, Booker T. Washington, Stokely Carmichael, Maynard Jackson, and many more. Drive through the Downtown, West End, Castleberry Hills, Vine City, Atlanta University Center, Downtown Atlanta, and the birth home and last residence of Dr. Martin Luther King. Despite its past challenges, Atlanta is a vibrant city that has emerged as a center for black culture, education, political influence, and business — a testament to its power, strength, and undefeated spirit.

Atlanta: City Lights Night Tour

4. Atlanta: City Lights Night Tour

Ride by night around Atlanta and see the glimmering city lit up against the sky. Visit top landmarks, spot famous movie and TV filming locales, and iconic attractions like the Mercedes Benz Stadium. Listen to interesting facts from your guide and watch the city come to life as the sun sets. Drive through the twinkling lights of Downtown Atlanta and see all the sights. Take in the view of the sun setting as you drive by The King Center and learn of the city's important civil rights heritage. Grab local restaurant and bar suggestions from your guide as you pass by the best in town. Take in views of the Jackson Street Bridge, Centennial Olympic Park, and Mercedes Benz Stadium, which are sometimes illuminated with brilliant colors. Allow your guide to point out famous filming spots and share the history of the Millennium Gate. Enjoy plenty of time for photo ops and stops and drop-off at a dinner location at the end of the tour.

Atlanta: Martin Luther King Historic District Walking Tour

5. Atlanta: Martin Luther King Historic District Walking Tour

Hear the story of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in a way that you’ve never heard it before. Walk the same streets that MLK once walked. Visit the places where he worked, lived, and worshipped. Even Atlanta natives will gain a deeper understanding of the community’s contribution to American history on this moving tour. Listen to amazing stories of civil rights leaders that seamlessly weave through the history of MLK, the movement, and the city of Atlanta. Learn about Dr. King with a visit to the Freedom Hall of the King Center. Step into the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where MLK served as co-pastor with his father. Visit Prince Hall Grand Lodge, which was the headquarters of the SCLC during the 1960s. Take in the phenomenal views at the Jackson Street Bridge. By the end of the tour, you'll walk away with a deeper understanding of Martin Luther King.

Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown or Eastside Segway Tour

6. Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown or Eastside Segway Tour

Discover Atlanta in a fun and exciting way by gliding around on Segway. Learn about the rich culture and history as you explore some of the eclectic neighborhoods of this fascinating southern city. Choose one of three tours to explore different parts of Atlanta. Each segway tour begins with a 15-20 minute training session so that you feel safe and comfortable as you hit the streets on these vehicles.  On the Eastside Atlanta 2.5-hour tour, see the historic sites and neighborhoods of Atlanta on a relaxed tour that takes an in-depth look at the city’s history and culture. Meet your group at the meeting point and set off, avoiding the busy sidewalks and congested streets. Go to the Inman Park neighborhood to explore Atlanta's first planned suburb, established back in the 1890’s. Continue to the Martin Luther King National Park, located at his boyhood home on Auburn Avenue. Explore the traditionally African American neighborhood of Old Fourth Ward (O4W), where King grew up. Go to the Historic Oakland Cemetery, one of Atlanta’s largest green spaces. Cruise through Grant Park, Atlanta’s oldest public park, and look out for the renovated mill in the artistic Cabbagetown district. Along the way, your guide will stop to introduce you to some of the city's specialty stores and there may even be the chance for food tastings along the way.  On the Midtown Atlanta 2.5-hour tour, experience the soaring skyscrapers and leafy neighborhoods of Atlanta and enjoy great views of architecture and urban nature. Pass the modern skyscrapers of the Midtown Business District en route to the lovely houses of Ansley Park. Marvel at a diverse range of building styles, from opulent Tudor homes to Craftsmen and Italian Renaissance buildings in the heart of the city. Discover one of the fastest growing areas of Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park, bordered by many of the city's top attractions. Glide into Midtown, known for its diversity of restaurants that you cane come back and visit some of them after the tour. Pass the Georgia Institute of Technology, one of America’s top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. Then, escape the hustle and bustle of the city center as you roll past the lush landscape of Atlanta Botanical Garden. Continue to Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s “Common Ground” since 1904, always alive with a range of outdoor activities.  The Downtown Atlanta 90-minute evening tour is a leisurely journey through historic Downtown Atlanta. From Atlanta’s early beginnings, the Centennial Olympics, and current day expansion. Come and see why the city is noted as the Capitol of the south. See sites including the Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Headquarters, World of Coke, Mercedes Benz Stadium, and Georgia State University. Venture into the historic Fairlie Poplar district of downtown. This tour is great for picture opportunities. You will learn, explore, and get sound recommendations on restaurants and other things to do in the area.

Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead Highlights Tour

7. Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead Highlights Tour

Experience three days' worth of awe-inspiring sightseeing in a half-day journey. Drive across Atlanta's most popular districts to get a fantastic insight into its culture and history. The tour allows time for up to two stops, so you can explore the destinations of your choice and take some photos. Start off the day in Downtown Atlanta to soak in a fusion of traditional and modern architecture. See Centennial Olympic Park, Underground Atlanta, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and famous TV and movie locations, as well as the historic Sweet Auburn Avenue. Enter Midtown Atlanta, the city's "Heart of the Arts", with attractions such as Fox Theater, Woodruff Arts Center, the Coca-Cola Headquarters, and author Margaret Mitchell's house. Enjoy this eclectic neighborhood as you move on to Buckhead, a modern and elegant residential district. Last but not least, admire the luxury of the Buckhead Mansions and the Swan House. Have a peek at the Governor's Mansion, Atlanta Financial Center, and the chic boutiques and high-end brands at The Shops.

Atlanta: Private City Highlights Tour

8. Atlanta: Private City Highlights Tour

Climb into a private vehicle and begin your tour of downtown Atlanta. Begin on Peachtree Street located along Atlanta’s main thoroughfare and home to one the South’s oldest private clubs, several historic churches, and the site of the deadliest hotel fire in US history. Then head into the Fairlie Poplar Historic District - the commercial heart of the city which contains a range of architectural styles popular in the late 19th and early-20th centuries including Atlanta's Flatiron Building. Then head to the Centennial Olympic Park to see The World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium, National Center for Civil Rights, and CNN. Finally, witness the imposing Mercedes Benz Stadium which is home to the Falcons and Atlanta United. Continue the tour with a drive through midtown, where you will see the apartment where the Pulitzer-Prize winning author Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With The Wind. Admire the Fox Theater & Georgian Terrace, a lavishly restored 1920's movie palace. Head into the Ansley Park neighborhood known for its winding roads, beautiful landscaping, and a variety of architecture predominantly from the early 20th-century. Finish this section of the tour at Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Next, see some of the finest architecture in the city in the exclusive neighborhood of Buckhead and Tuxedo Park including the 1920's Swan House which featured in The Hunger Games movies. See numerous sites related to the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the leader of the Civil Rights Movement and step inside the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. Make a quick stop in the Ponce City Market which hosts a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops, apartments, and offices. End the tour with a drive through the Eastside district of the city. Pass by Cabbagetown, one of the 1st textile processing mills built in the South and the restored mansions at Inman Park. End the day with a tour of Grant Park - Atlanta’s oldest city park, home to Zoo Atlanta and a large collection of restored Victorian and Craftsman homes.

Atlanta: From Civil War to Civil Rights Private Tour

9. Atlanta: From Civil War to Civil Rights Private Tour

Start the tour with a stop at Cabbagetown - a historic cotton mill-town established in the late 19th century which still retains its unique and historical architecture. Then head over to Inman Park to see the site of the Battle of Atlanta. Marvel at the many decorative Victorian homes in the neighborhood including the home of the founder of Coca Cola.  Next, continue on to Oakland Cemetery - a garden cemetery which is the final resting place for various historical figures including Civil War soldiers, the author of Gone with the Wind, and the founder of The Masters Golf Tournament. Visit numerous locations associated with the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the leader of the Civil Rights movement including his birthplace, church, and final resting place. Finally, end the tour at Sweet Auburn Curb Market - Atlanta's only public market located on what was known in the early 20th century as the richest African-American street in the world.

Atlanta: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

10. Atlanta: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Experience Atlanta, Georgia, on a self-guided tour via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map in one. This tour has been developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. The walking tour begins at Centennial Olympic Park. Learn about the 1996 Olympic Games and the shocking bombing that went unsolved for an entire year. Enjoy animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see, such as different centuries or interior rooms. Swing by the World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta’s most popular attraction. Experience all sorts of quirky exhibits, colorful tidbits of history, and coke flavors from around the world. After that, stop at the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the United States. See enormous whale sharks and more thanks to the aquarium’s 10-million-gallon tank. Continuing downtown, hear about the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917. Learn about the astonishing blaze that left a whopping 10 percent of the city homeless. If you know where to look, you can still find evidence of the fire. Keep exploring downtown and tune in to the city’s entertainment business, from Hollywood to hip-hop. If you want to get a birds-eye view of Atlanta’s gorgeous downtown, hop on board the SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel next. Pass the APEX Museum, dedicated to Black history in Atlanta. Then, turn back the clock to a time before the Civil Rights Movement, when half of Atlanta’s population wasn’t allowed to vote. Step into the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical District and walk to his birthplace, Auburn Ave. Hear the whole story of King, from his formative years to his studies in the ministry and, finally, his world-changing activism. Stop by the World Peace Rose Garden and a statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Learn Gandhi’s importance to King and the Civil Rights Movement as a whole. Next, walk to the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. Hear about King’s shocking assassination and his enduring legacy. Finally, visit the King Center, hear about Coretta Scott King, and conclude your tour at the home of King’s birth.

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What people are saying about Martin Luther King National Site

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4.9 / 5

based on 311 reviews

It was a wonderful tour. So very meaningful! Our tour guide was perfect and our stops were really significant to us! I’m so glad we took this tour!

The tour was very enlighten and informative. The total tour was very well planned and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and professional

This was a wonderful tour. We were able to see so many different parts of the city. Definitely recommend!!

Great sight, very very good guide , very knowledgeable and ingaging.

Length of tour was ideal and the driver was also excellent.