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Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Old Fourth Ward 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 89 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

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

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

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

Georgia Aquarium

Downtown 88 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

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

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

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

Jimmy Carter Library & Museum

Old Fourth Ward 87 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

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

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

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World of Coca-Cola

Downtown 85 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Centennial Olympic Park

Downtown 82 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

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

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

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Piedmont Park

Virginia Highland & Morningside 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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Underground Atlanta

Downtown 81 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 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

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

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Atlanta Botanical Garden

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

Great for green thumbs. — Not For Tourists

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 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

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Fox Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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Georgia State Capitol

Downtown 81 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 capitol, a Renaissance-style edifice, was dedicated on July 4, 1889. The gold leaf on its dome was mined in nearby Dahlonega. — Fodor's

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

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

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Rhodes Memorial Hall

Midtown 80 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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Zoo Atlanta

Old Fourth Ward 79 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

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

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

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 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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