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A public redevelopment project, the Atlanta Beltline has established itself as one of the city's most popular recreation spots, and the location hosts marathons and other sporting events. Visitors to the Beltline can hike, bike, and walk the park's many trails or even visit the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark. The non-profit organization backing the Beltline also offers guided tours of the area explaining various aspects of the project, its history, goals, and purpose.
Get in on the daily action by touring CNN's facilities. You'll get a feel for live television when you get a bird's-eye view of an actual newsroom in action as well as learning about the other CNN networks. Throughout the Inside CNN Studio Tour, you get to visit a mock studio where you can see how it feels to sit behind a CNN desk and have your picture taken. End your tour by watching a video of some of your favorite anchors describing how it feels to be on the front lines. Don't forget to check out some interactive kiosks.
Housing the history of the world's most popular soda, the World of Coca-Cola is one of Atlanta's premier attractions. See pieces of historic Coke memorabilia, visit the 4D theatre for a unique cinematic experience, and lay eyes on the vault that holds the secret recipe. Visitors can also sample an array of different coke products, send letters to friends and family from the famous Coke polar bear, take home authentic Coke gifts from the museum shop, and visit the pop culture gallery to learn about the advertising history of this renowned brand.
In the shadow of downtown, this bucolic expanse is a constant reminder of the city's history. Dating from the 1850s, the cemetery was the final destination for all Atlantans until 1884, when private burial grounds began appearing throughout the city. The oldest section is near the main entrance, where legendary golfer Bobby Jones and author Margaret Mitchell are interred, although locating Mitchell's plain headstone can be a challenge. A brochure from the cemetery office will help you find famous graves and interesting sections. Tours are offered March through October.
Located within the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, King Birth Home is where one of America's most influential civil rights activists and leaders was born. The 19th Century house, has been rather well-preserved, with all its rooms and period furniture intact. Visitors to the historic site can explore the the house through the guided tours offered by the park rangers. Advance registration is required for the tour. Call ahead for more information.
One of the best ways to see a city is on foot. Expert guides from the Atlanta Preservation Center can help you do just that. Focused on preserving Atlanta's historic treasures, the Center offers tours of key buildings and neighborhoods. Go behind the scenes at the majestic Fox Theatre or take a stroll through downtown in search of landmark Art Deco buildings. The popular neighborhood tours take you through Victorian Grant and Inman Parks or around the winding streets of Frederick Law Olmstead's Druid Hills. The Center offers ten different tours. Several are offered each week while some are reserved for groups. Call the hotline to find the latest information on available tours and times.
If you love cycling, and are new to the city or would like to get reacquainted with the city, then the Bicycle Tours of Atlanta - Heart of the City Tour is ideal for you. Robyn Elliott started the Bicycle Tours of Atlanta to bring together the pleasures of touring and biking. One of its tour routes, the Heart of the City Tour takes visitors through central Atlanta, giving them a glimpse of the city's prime attractions and neighborhoods. The 3-hour ride will include visit to Underground Atlanta, Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site, Oakland Cemetery, Inman Park, Grant Park and many more landmarks. The tour fee includes bike, gear, water and snacks; you only have to be fit and ready for a long ride.
Decatur was already a bustling little town when its nearby neighbor Atlanta was founded. Take a walking tour of the quaint historic downtown and hear stories of former residents who aren't ready to say goodbye to Decatur just yet. Even the city's majestic focal point—the historic courthouse—is haunted. At the restored train depot, now a restaurant, the cries of wounded Civil War soldiers can sometimes be heard. A visit to the historic cemetery is likely to produce paranormal experiences, and visitors are encouraged to take photos in the hopes of catching evidence on film. Decatur Ghost Tours also organizes ghost hunts for intrepid souls.
Patrons of this local outfit's tours can expect friendly, knowledgeable guides to assist them with several chartered or personal custom itineraries around town. American Sightseeing's buses are climate controlled and will pick up tourists and groups at several locations in downtown, Midtown or Buckhead. Special tour programs are also offered to accommodate the specific needs of visiting spouses or bilingual visitors. The tours are fun and interesting, offering many stories about local folk and lore as opposed to the common snapshot tours offered by other companies. See website for specific tour routes and details.