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Atlanta: Martin Luther King Historic District Walking Tour

1. Atlanta: Martin Luther King Historic District Walking Tour

Hear the story of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in a way that you’ve never heard it before. Walk the same streets that MLK once walked. Visit the places where he worked, lived, and worshipped. Even Atlanta natives will gain a deeper understanding of the community’s contribution to American history on this moving tour. Listen to amazing stories of civil rights leaders that seamlessly weave through the history of MLK, the movement, and the city of Atlanta. Learn about Dr. King with a visit to the Freedom Hall of the King Center. Step into the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where MLK served as co-pastor with his father. Visit Prince Hall Grand Lodge, which was the headquarters of the SCLC during the 1960s. Take in the phenomenal views at the Jackson Street Bridge. By the end of the tour, you'll walk away with a deeper understanding of Martin Luther King.

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Atlanta: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

2. Atlanta: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Experience Atlanta, Georgia, on a self-guided tour via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map in one. This tour has been developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. The walking tour begins at Centennial Olympic Park. Learn about the 1996 Olympic Games and the shocking bombing that went unsolved for an entire year. Enjoy animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see, such as different centuries or interior rooms. Swing by the World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta’s most popular attraction. Experience all sorts of quirky exhibits, colorful tidbits of history, and coke flavors from around the world. After that, stop at the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the United States. See enormous whale sharks and more thanks to the aquarium’s 10-million-gallon tank. Continuing downtown, hear about the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917. Learn about the astonishing blaze that left a whopping 10 percent of the city homeless. If you know where to look, you can still find evidence of the fire. Keep exploring downtown and tune in to the city’s entertainment business, from Hollywood to hip-hop. If you want to get a birds-eye view of Atlanta’s gorgeous downtown, hop on board the SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel next. Pass the APEX Museum, dedicated to Black history in Atlanta. Then, turn back the clock to a time before the Civil Rights Movement, when half of Atlanta’s population wasn’t allowed to vote. Step into the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical District and walk to his birthplace, Auburn Ave. Hear the whole story of King, from his formative years to his studies in the ministry and, finally, his world-changing activism. Stop by the World Peace Rose Garden and a statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Learn Gandhi’s importance to King and the Civil Rights Movement as a whole. Next, walk to the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. Hear about King’s shocking assassination and his enduring legacy. Finally, visit the King Center, hear about Coretta Scott King, and conclude your tour at the home of King’s birth.

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Atlanta: Gone With the Wind & Margaret Mitchell Private Tour

3. Atlanta: Gone With the Wind & Margaret Mitchell Private Tour

Start the tour with a visit to Margaret Mitchell's House, the apartment where the Pulitzer-Prize winning author lived and wrote Gone With The Wind. Next head to The Georgian Terrace, the historic hotel where the film's premiere party was held in 1939. Continue on with a tour through Inman Park where you will see the site of the Battle of Atlanta which featured prominently in the novel. Marvel at some of Atlanta's grandest Victorian homes during your tour through the surrounding neighborhood. Next, head over to Oakland Cemetery, the garden cemetery which is the final resting place for thousands of Civil War soldiers as well as Margaret Mitchell and her family. Continue the tour with a drive along Peachtree Street and visit the location on Atlanta's major thoroughfare where Margaret Mitchell met her untimely death. Finally, end the tour with a stop in Ansley Park, the historic, tree-lined neighborhood where Margaret Mitchell was born.

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Atlanta: From Civil War to Civil Rights Private Tour

4. Atlanta: From Civil War to Civil Rights Private Tour

Start the tour with a stop at Cabbagetown - a historic cotton mill-town established in the late 19th century which still retains its unique and historical architecture. Then head over to Inman Park to see the site of the Battle of Atlanta. Marvel at the many decorative Victorian homes in the neighborhood including the home of the founder of Coca Cola.  Next, continue on to Oakland Cemetery - a garden cemetery which is the final resting place for various historical figures including Civil War soldiers, the author of Gone with the Wind, and the founder of The Masters Golf Tournament. Visit numerous locations associated with the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the leader of the Civil Rights movement including his birthplace, church, and final resting place. Finally, end the tour at Sweet Auburn Curb Market - Atlanta's only public market located on what was known in the early 20th century as the richest African-American street in the world.

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What people are saying about Oakland Cemetery

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Our guide, Emily from Unexpected Atlanta, did an excellent job with our tour on August 23. Knowledgeable, articulate and engaging, we could not have hoped for a better guide for this meaningful experience. My wife and I were traveling with three of our grandchildren, ages 16, 14 and 10. Emily made the tour as or more relevant for them than we might even have hoped for. All around, an outstanding experience! I strongly recommend Emily to others who will take this tour.

Although we didn't get to tour many of the historical buildings because of COVID restrictions we did see photos and some video. Mostly it was the ambience of the area and learning morning about the cvil rights movement and the leaders. Truly interesting.

This was an excellent tour. Thanks to our very knowledgeable tour guide, Emily! I learned a lot, and hope to repeat portions of the tour in the future, when federal buildings are open again.

Our guide was wonderful. He shared lots of information. We loved the musical interludes.

Really enjoyed this tour. Emily was our guide and she was very knowledgeable.