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Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Old Fourth Ward 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site provides a definitive look at the life of the great native-Atlantan civil rights leader. — Travel + Leisure

Begin your tour at The Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site Visitor Center, where the history of black America... is told. — Michelin Guide

This area of about 2 blocks around Auburn Avenue was established to preserve the birthplace and boyhood surroundings of the nation's foremost civil rights leader. — Frommer's

The emotional core of this sprawling city can be found in the Preservation District of downtown Atlanta's Sweet Auburn neighborhood. — concierge.com

The historic site commemorates the life, work and legacy of the civil rights lodestar. The center takes up several blocks. — Lonely Planet

High Museum of Art

Midtown 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This museum's permanent collection includes 19th- and 20-century American works, including many by African-American artists. — Fodor's

The High's $130-million, three-building expansion brought the museum to truly world-class status. — Frommer's

The star in the Woodruff Arts Center's crown is this striking contemporary structure... covered with white porcelain-enameled steel panels. — Michelin Guide

Atlanta's best-known art museum. — Not For Tourists

Stumbling across the High Museum of Art during a weekend trip to Atlanta gave me new perspective on the Southern art scene. I especially enjoyed the Picasso to Warhol temporary exhibit,... — Afar Magazine

Atlanta History Center

Buckhead 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Four excellent permanent exhibits in the Atlanta History Museum bring the city's defining experiences to life — Michelin Guide

The Atlanta History Center chronicles the past of Georgia and the Southeast, as well as the history of Atlanta. — Frommer's

Start here to learn Atlanta's history. — Not For Tourists

Life in Atlanta and the rest of the South during and after the Civil War are a major focus of this fascinating museum. — Fodor's

Set on the grounds of Swan House, one of Atlanta's classic historic estates, the Atlanta History Center features permanent and special exhibitions devoted to the history of the city and region. — Travel + Leisure

Jimmy Carter Library & Museum

Old Fourth Ward 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This impressive presidential library houses some 27 million pages of documents, memoranda, and correspondence from Jimmy Carter's White House years. — Frommer's

Located on a hilltop overlooking downtown, it features exhibits highlighting Jimmy Carter's 1977–81 presidency, including a replica of the Oval Office. — Lonely Planet

This complex occupies the site where Union General William T. Sherman orchestrated the Battle of Atlanta (1864). — Fodor's

The official library/museum of Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the US (1977-81). — Michelin Guide

Faithfully preserved records and artifacts from the 39th president's administration are on permanent display at this museum and library. — concierge.com

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Georgia Aquarium

Downtown 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Since it opened to continual massive crowds in late 2005, the world's largest aquarium has had Atlanta abuzz about its 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water. — Frommer's

My brother graduated from law school in Atlanta this spring, and, while I was in town, I visited the Georgia Aquarium. The Aquarium has an amazing collection of fish, including a couple... — Afar Magazine

With more than 10 million gallons of water, this wildly popular attraction is the world's largest aquarium. — Fodor's

World's largest aquarium with fish petting zoo. — Not For Tourists

The world's largest aquarium is Atlanta's showstopper. It's crowded, like Venice, but it's awesomeness is hard to deny. — Lonely Planet

World of Coca-Cola

Downtown 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

You can sip samples of 60 different Coca-Cola products from around the world and peruse more than a century's worth of memorabilia from the corporate archives. — Fodor's

The history of the world's most recognizable brand—which was created right here in Atlanta back in 1886—is documented at this fun, interactive museum. — Travel + Leisure

Displays here trace the Coca-Cola story from its humble beginnings at a downtown Atlanta drug store to its multinational presence today. — Michelin Guide

Soft drink ad disguised as museum. — Not For Tourists

An exposition showcasing the world's most popular soft drink, World of Coca-Cola sounds like a huge Coke commercial -- and it is. — Frommer's

Margaret Mitchell House

Midtown 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Eight decades after it was first published, Gone With the Wind continues to fascinate people around the world. — Frommer's

Called "the dump" by the "Gone with the Wind" author. — Not For Tourists

Visitors to Atlanta, especially Southern history and literature buffs, won't want to miss the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, operated by the Atlanta History Center. — Travel + Leisure

To many Atlantans, the Margaret Mitchell House symbolizes the conflict between promoting the city's heritage and respecting its roots. — Fodor's

A shrine to the author of Gone With the Wind . Mitchell wrote her epic in a small apartment in the basement of this historic house, though nothing inside it actually belonged to her. — Lonely Planet

Piedmont Park

Virginia Highland & Morningside 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Atlanta's answer to Central Park. — Not For Tourists

If you want to get in touch with nature, spend an afternoon in Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s answer to New York’s Central Park. Sprawling over 189 acres, the park has its own running track,... — Afar Magazine

In the middle of midtown, a glorious, rambling urban park and the setting of many cultural and music festivals. — Lonely Planet

Piedmont Park's 185 acres encompass the Atlanta Botanical Garden. — Michelin Guide

Sprawling 189 acres just northeast of Atlanta's downtown, Piedmont draws sporty types with its miles of trails for running, biking, and strolling. The park also hosts festivals and... — Travel + Leisure

Centennial Olympic Park

Downtown 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It was the 1996 Centennial Olympic Summer Games that turned Atlanta into the direction it is now heading. It took an otherwise seedy neighborhood and transformed it into a tourist... — Afar Magazine

Centennial Olympic Park, one of the most enduring legacies of the 1996 Olympic Games, is a living monument to the city's memories -- both good and bad -- of that seminal event. — Frommer's

The park, with its centerpiece Olympic Rings fountain, hosts special events downtown. — Michelin Guide

Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park is the city's focal point for visitors — Lonely Planet

This 21-acre swath of green was the central venue for the 1996 Summer Olympics. — Fodor's

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Midtown 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This delightful botanical garden, occupying 30 acres in Piedmont Park, includes the Fuqua Orchid Center, a children's garden, an education center, and the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory. — Frommer's

In the northwest corner of Piedmont Park, the stunning 30-acre botanical garden has a Japanese garden, winding paths and the amazing Fuqua Orchid Center. — Lonely Planet

Piedmont Park has playgrounds, fishing ponds, extensive jogging and bicycle paths, a tennis center, and playing fields that can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis online. — concierge.com

Great for green thumbs. — Not For Tourists

The Atlanta Botanical Garden has been voted the city's best place to commune with nature and upon visiting you'll agree. Located next to the sprawling Piedmont Park, the gardens boast 30... — Afar Magazine

Underground Atlanta

Downtown 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This thriving mix of street vendors, retail outlets, entertainment and dining facilities. — Michelin Guide

Created from the web of subterranean brick streets, ornamental facades, and tunnels that fell into disuse in 1929 — Fodor's

The ultimate tourist trap. — Not For Tourists

The complex is still worth a look if you're in the downtown area, but keep in mind that it's mostly a tourist attraction at this point. It's still struggling to find its place in the urban mix — Frommer's

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Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta

Old Fourth Ward 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A Gothic Revival–style building completed in 1922, the church came to be known as the spiritual center of the civil rights movement. — Fodor's

Founded in 1886, Ebenezer was a spiritual center of the civil rights movement from 1960 to 1968, when Martin Luther King, Jr., served as copastor. — Frommer's

Sunday services are now held at the new Ebenezer Baptist Church across the street from the historic Ebenezer — Lonely Planet

To better understand the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on Atlanta, stop by Ebenezer Baptist Church, a living, breathing landmark. The Sweet Auburn church is where both Martin... — Afar Magazine

Where Martin Luther King, Jr. first preached. — Not For Tourists

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Fox Theatre

Midtown 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Beautiful temple-turned-theatre. Check out the sky ceiling. — Not For Tourists

One of a dwindling number of vintage movie palaces in the nation, the Fox was built in 1929 in a fabulous Moorish-Egyptian style. The interior's crowning glory is its ceiling, complete... — Fodor's

This former movie palace with a can't-miss marquee on Peachtree Street plays hosts to more than 250 shows each year, from Broadway productions to concerts. Anchored by a Möller theatre... — Travel + Leisure

Folks who come to Atlanta quickly learn that it’s a sprawling city more akin to L.A. than to Charleston. One simple way Atlantans orient ourselves is whether you are ITP or OTP. ITP... — Afar Magazine

Opened in 1929, when movie theaters were conceived along lavish lines, the Fox is a Moorish-Egyptian extravaganza complete with arabesque arches, onion domes, and minarets. Its exotic... — Frommer's

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Georgia State Capitol

Downtown 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Modeled after the nation's Capitol, another neoclassical edifice atop a "crowning hill," its 75-foot dome, covered in gold leaf and topped by a Statue of Freedom, is a major Atlanta landmark. — Frommer's

The gold-domed capitol is Atlanta's political hub. The free tours include a film about the legislative process and a glance at the government's communications facility. — Lonely Planet

A scaled-down version of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. — Michelin Guide

The capitol, a Renaissance-style edifice, was dedicated on July 4, 1889. The gold leaf on its dome was mined in nearby Dahlonega. — Fodor's

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Zoo Atlanta

Old Fourth Ward 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This zoo has more than 1,500 animals and 200 species from around the world living in naturalistic habitats. — Fodor's

Founded in 1889—originally with animals stranded from a traveling circus gone bankrupt—Zoo Atlanta is now a state-of-the-art facility, where all creatures live in re-created habitats. — Travel + Leisure

Zoo Atlanta is one of Georgia's most loved institutions. — Michelin Guide

The Zoo Atlanta , which features flamingos, elephants, kangaroos and the odd tiger. But the zoo's pride and joy are the giant pandas. — Lonely Planet

This delightful 40-acre zoo dates from 1889, when George W. Hall (aka "Popcorn George") brought his traveling circus to town. — Frommer's

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