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Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Old Fourth Ward 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The modest Queen Anne–style residence is where Martin Luther King Jr. was born and raised. — Fodor's

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

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

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

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

High Museum of Art

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

The High's permanent collection includes some 11,000 works of art, with a particular emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century American painting and decorative arts. — Travel + Leisure

Part of the Woodruff Arts Center, the High is one of Atlanta's premier cultural institutions and is conveniently located in the city's Midtown arts district. — Concierge

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

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

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

While not your typical museum, the Atlanta History Center is the hub of preservation in the city and owns the Margaret Mitchell House, Swan House, and the Tullie Smith House in addition... — Afar Magazine

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

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

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

Jimmy Carter Library & Museum

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

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

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

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Georgia Aquarium

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

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

The world's largest aquarium is one of Atlanta's absolute must-visits. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

Centennial Olympic Park

Downtown 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

It was the 1996 Centennial Olympic Summer Games that turned Atlanta into the direction it is now heading — Afar Magazine

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

Kids love running through the fountains. — Not For Tourists

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

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

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

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

Next door to the Georgia Aquarium, this self-congratulatory museum might prove entertaining to fans of the fizzy beverage and rash commercialization. — Lonely Planet

Margaret Mitchell House

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

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

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

Filled with memorabilia, props and footage from the 1939 film, the Gone With The Wind Museum opened here in 1999. — Michelin Guide

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

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

Atlanta Botanical Garden

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

The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden as a non-profit is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation, and enjoyment — On the Grid

Occupying 30 acres inside Piedmont Park, the grounds contain acres of display gardens... and the award-winning Fuqua Orchid Center. — Fodor's

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

Great for green thumbs. — Not For Tourists

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

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

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

Piedmont Park is still expanding: 35 acres complete with a fountain and new sports facilities were added in 2011, and another 15 were tacked on in 2012. — Fodor's

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

If you want to get in touch with nature, spend an afternoon in Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s answer to New York’s Central Park — Afar Magazine

Fox Theatre

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

The Fox Theatre, a world-renowned event venue on Peachtree Street, began its story in a most unusual way. In 1928, the Fox was originally conceived as a home for Atlanta’s Shriners... — On the Grid

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

One of a dwindling number of vintage movie palaces in the nation, the Fox was built in 1929 in a fabulous Moorish-Egyptian style. — 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 — Travel + Leisure

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

Center for Civil and Human Rights

Atlanta 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In June 2014, the $68-million National Center for Civil and Human Rights welcomed its first visitors to a landmark downtown building designed by Phil Freelon. Emotional exhibits include... — Travel + Leisure

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is dedicated to the achievements of the Civil Rights movement here in the States as well as the achievements of human rights for all across the globe — On the Grid

This striking 2014 addition to Atlanta's Centennial Park is a sobering $68 million memorial to the American Civil Rights and Global Human Rights Movements — Lonely Planet

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is the newest addition to the Centennial Olympic Park tourism corridor, but it is much more than a museum. While there is certainly an emphasis on... — Afar Magazine

This three-level 43,000-square-foot hands-on museum offers visitors a multisensory immersion into both the U.S. civil rights movement and global human rights efforts. Each exhibit is a... — Fodor's

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Underground Atlanta

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

To better understand the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on Atlanta, stop by Ebenezer Baptist Church, a living, breathing landmark — Afar Magazine

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Georgia State Capitol

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

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

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

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 →

Starring Lun Lun and Yang Yang, those adorable Commie pandas! — Not For Tourists

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

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

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

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

CNN Center / Inside CNN Studio Tour

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

Studio tours show visitors the inner workings of the network and allows access to a glassed-in gallery. — Michelin Guide

Media icon Ted Turner founded his 24-hour television news network in 1980 in Atlanta, Georgia, and a tour of the CNN studios provides a fascinating insider's look at what it takes to run... — Afar Magazine

When R. E. "Ted" Turner bought WJRJ-Atlanta, Channel 17 in 1970, he laid the foundation for today's Cable News Network—the news organization still headquartered in Atlanta but known... — Travel + Leisure

The home of Cable News Network occupies all 14 floors of this dramatic structure on the edge of Downtown. — Fodor's

This tour of the world's largest newsgathering organization is lots of fun and a uniquely Atlanta experience. — Frommer's

Rhodes Memorial Hall

Midtown 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Inside, the grand mahogany staircase is flanked by nine stained-glass panels depicting the rise and fall of the Confederacy. — Michelin Guide

This former residence, now headquarters of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, is one of the finest works of Atlanta architect Willis F. Denny II. — Fodor's

Rhodes Hall is one of a few remaining pre-World War I Peachtree Street mansions -- a significant reminder that Peachtree was once a fashionable residential street. — Frommer's

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Center for Puppetry Arts

Midtown 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located in Atlanta's vibrant Midtown district, the Center for Puppetry Arts has been offering family-friendly puppetry programs since 1978. — Travel + Leisure

The largest puppetry organization in the country houses a museum where you can see more than 350 puppets from around the world. — Fodor's

A wonderland for visitors of all ages and, hands-down, one of Atlanta's most unique attractions, the museum houses a treasury of puppets, some of which you get to operate yourself. — Lonely Planet

Dedicated to expanding public awareness of puppetry as a fine art and to presenting all of its international and historical forms, the center opened in 1978. — Frommer's

The Center for Puppetry Arts is a unique cultural treasure - a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened, and entertained (yes, with puppets!) — On the Grid

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Oakland Cemetery

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Follow winding paths through ornate mausoleums and sculptures at this eerie Grant Park attraction — Travel + Leisure

The best place in Atlanta to hang with the dead. Less than a mile from downtown, Oakland Cemetery is the resting place to some of Atlanta’s first citizens and dates back to the 1850s.... — On the Grid

Established in 1850 in the Victorian style, Atlanta's oldest cemetery was designed to serve as a public park as well as a burial ground. — Fodor's

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this outstanding 88-acre Victorian cemetery was founded in 1850. — Frommer's

Final resting place for notable Atlantans. Gorgeous architecture. — Not For Tourists

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