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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 →

A must-visit if you’re ever in Atlanta. This sacred area pays a beautiful and serene tribute to the leader of the Civil Rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Born just down the... — On the Grid

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

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 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 →

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

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

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 modern High Museum was the first museum in the world to ever exhibit art lent from Paris' Louvre and is a destination as much for its architecture as its world-class exhibits. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

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

Jimmy Carter Library & Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

Centennial Olympic Park

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

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

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

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

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 →

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

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

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

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

Soft drink ad disguised as museum. — Not For Tourists

Margaret Mitchell House

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

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

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

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

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. Their nature... — On the Grid

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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. Anchored by a Möller theatre... — Travel + Leisure

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 — Frommer's

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

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

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

The ultimate tourist trap. — Not For Tourists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

CNN Center / Inside CNN Studio Tour

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

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

Back in 1991, CNN put Atlanta on the map with its real-time Gulf War coverage and its then-revolutionary concept of a 24-hour cable news service. — concierge.com

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

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

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

Rhodes Memorial Hall

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

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

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

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

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Center for Civil and Human Rights

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

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... — On the Grid

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

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. Beautifully designed and... — Lonely Planet

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 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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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!). For 36 years, the... — On the Grid

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Oakland Cemetery

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

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

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

Follow winding paths through ornate mausoleums and sculptures at this eerie Grant Park attraction. Founded in 1850, the city's oldest cemetery is the final resting place of several... — 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

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