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

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

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

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

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

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

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.com

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

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

Atlanta History Center

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

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

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

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

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

Jimmy Carter Library & Museum

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

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

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

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 →

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

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

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

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

Centennial Olympic Park

Downtown 84 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 — Afar Magazine

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

Centennial Olympic Park was built for the 1996 Olympics — On the Grid

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

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

World of Coca-Cola

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Midtown 83 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

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

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

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

Great for green thumbs. — Not For Tourists

Piedmont Park

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

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

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

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

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

Fox Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

Underground Atlanta

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

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

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

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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

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

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 →

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

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

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

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

CNN Center / Inside CNN Studio Tour

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

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

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

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

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 →

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

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 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

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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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

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

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

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Oakland Cemetery

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

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

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

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

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

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