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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: From Civil War to Civil Rights Private Tour

2. 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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Atlanta: Historical Homes and City Highlights Tour

3. Atlanta: Historical Homes and City Highlights Tour

Peek into Atlanta's history as you cruise around two of the city's most important historical neighborhoods, Buckhead and Ansley Park. After getting picked up from your hotel, begin your tour of the city's most iconic stately homes. You will visit 2 stately homes during this tour, the locations will vary depending on the day of the week. You could visit the Governor's Mansion, where you can admire traditional Greek Revival architecture. You may also get to see the exterior of the Swan House with its iconic blue doors and grand gardens. Stop for lunch at the Swan Coach House where you can sample delicious New Southern Fare before heading to the Margaret Mitchell House. Enjoy some time to explore the historical house, which has been converted into a museum, and learn more about the life and times of the "Gone With The Wind" author before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Sweet Auburn

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 69 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.