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Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Old Fourth Ward 94 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

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

The area, run by the National Parks Service, is home to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change, Ebenezer Baptist Church, the King Birth Home, and more. — Where

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. — On the Grid

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

High Museum of Art

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

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

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

The overall atmosphere was a welcome addition to a weekend trip filled with food, beer, music, and, of course, football. — Afar Magazine

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

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

Atlanta History Center

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

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

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

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 to its main facility. — Afar Magazine

Jimmy Carter Library & Museum

Old Fourth Ward 87 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

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

This museum details President Carter’s life, including his Navy career and the work both he and Rosalynn have done since leaving the White House — Where

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

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

Georgia Aquarium

Downtown 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Georgia Aquarium is the world's largest in terms of gallons of water (10 million), square footage (604,000) and number of aquatic animals (tens of thousands). — Where

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

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

World of Coca-Cola

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

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

Soft drink ad disguised as museum. — Not For Tourists

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

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

Margaret Mitchell House

Midtown 86 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

The restored home of “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell showcases furniture, letters and memorabilia from Mitchell’s life — Where

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

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

Zoo Atlanta

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

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

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

Centennial Olympic Park

Downtown 86 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

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

This 21-acre park is a permanent legacy to the Atlanta-hosted 1996 Olympic games — Where

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

Piedmont Park

Virginia Highland & Morningside 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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. — Afar Magazine

Atlanta Botanical Garden

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

Great for green thumbs. — Not For Tourists

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

The Atlanta Botanical Garden has been voted the city's best place to commune with nature and upon visiting you'll agree — Afar Magazine

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

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

Center for Civil and Human Rights

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

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. — Fodor's

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

While there is certainly an emphasis on the Civil Rights Movement, mostly due to the center's Atlanta location, the center also has exhibits on what's going on in the modern age. — Afar Magazine

A collection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s handwritten manuscripts, documents and personal effects...multisensory galleries about the American Civil Rights Movement; and a human rights gallery. — Where

The 43,000-square-foot facility is also home to the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection and rotating exhibits that trace the history of various human rights struggles. — Travel + Leisure

Underground Atlanta

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

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

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

This downtown area dates back to the 1800s, and is where Atlanta began as a railroad town — Where

The ultimate tourist trap. — Not For Tourists

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Fox Theatre

Midtown 83 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

Today, its unique architecture continues to dazzle crowds and draw top entertainment. Next time you catch a show, make sure to look up and enjoy the star-speckled ceiling. — On the Grid

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. — Travel + Leisure

This 1929 theater is a lavish showplace of Moorish-Egyptian style. Upcoming shows: Mamma Mia, June 13-18; Bring It Live, June 29. — Where

Georgia State Capitol

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

Located on the fourth floor of the capitol, a museum displays exhibits about Georgia’s resources, history and government, plus quirky artifacts. — Where

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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Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta

Old Fourth Ward 82 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

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

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

Martin Luther King Jr, his father and grandfather were all pastors here, and King Jr's mother was the choir director — 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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The King Center

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

Across the street from the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site Visitor Center, the King Center presents a number of his pastoral robes, including those he was wearing when he was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis — Michelin Guide

Preserves Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy through educational exhibits. — Not For Tourists

The official memorial dedicated to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Exhibits illustrate his life and teachings; highlights include Freedom Hall and The Eternal Flame. — Where

Opened shortly after King died in 1968 by his widow Coretta Scott King, The King Center was established out of a commitment to keep King's ideas and legacy alive. — Frommer's

In the courtyard in front of Freedom Hall, on a circular brick pad in the middle of the rectangular Meditation Pool, is Dr. King's white-marble tomb. — Fodor's

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Rhodes Memorial Hall

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

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

Built in 1904 for Rhodes Furniture founder Amos Rhodes, the Romanesque Revival-style “Castle on Peachtree” was constructed of Stone Mountain granite. — Where

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

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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Oakland Cemetery

Grant Park 81 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

The 48-acre Oakland Cemetery is a showplace of sculpture and architecture, a botanical preserve and a quiet retreat. — Where

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

CNN Center / Inside CNN Studio Tour

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

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

Visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the CNN studios with an hour-long walking tour (run daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). — Travel + Leisure

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

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

Guests can see the actual news desks along with a replica of the famed "green screen." If you're lucky, you may also see the filming of Morning Express, Headline News, or Sanjay Gupta M.D. — Afar Magazine

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