Best Tours and Excursions in Atlanta

Exploring the "ATL" on Foot

Not only can you learn about some of Atlanta's history, but you can also explore areas that you would not normally see if you decided to venture off completely on your own. Guided tours or unguided walking/riding tours are structured that that participants can gain a deeper experience of the locale in the shortest amount of time. Atlanta's historic homes, theaters, and parks are great to explore when the weather is mild, and you can really get a feel for the area when you do your exploring with a qualified guide. Some organizations provide all of the information that you need to participate in a self-guided tour, so you can spend as much time as you like in each area in the tour. 


Atlanta Introductory Tours
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Atlanta introductory tours give you a chance to experience a few of the city's highlights. Instead of wasting time and gas, and attempting to view the highlights and major attractions in Atlanta on your own, you can see places such as the CNN Center, Olympic Park, and the Underground during an organized tour. This is a driving tour, great for people who are just visiting or those who plan to move to Atlanta. The tour takes you to some of the historic neighborhoods in the city as well.

Local Expert tip: Use the contact number for the specific meet-up location for the tour.

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Ghosts Segway Tour
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Are you intrigued by ghosts? The Ghosts Segway Tour will give you the opportunity to hear ghost stories that might make you get goosebumps. You can also ride on a Segeway, which is a fun mode of transportation that still allows you to get a close-up view of the areas on the tour.

Local Expert tip: Children under 12 cannot participate in this particular tour.

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This tour takes visitors through Atlanta's financial district. You will also learn about NASCAR's origin. The SoNo tour helps acquaint people with some of the most influential people in Atlanta's history. You will also learn about some of the area's celebrities, like Julia Roberts and author Margaret Mitchell, according to the Atlanta Preservation Center.

Local Expert tip: Bring cash or a check to pay the guide for the tour.

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Stone Mountain Tour
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This evening tour of Stone Mountain includes dinner. Explore the park and participate in the park's attractions. Ride the skylift up the mountain or hike it. You can also see the spectacular laser show with a view from the park's central lawn.

Local Expert tip: This is a seasonal tour, so call in advance for tour dates.

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Fox Theatre Walking Tour
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Currently one of the most visited venues for theater events in Atlanta, the Fox has had a tumultuous history. You will learn about the ups and downs from the Fox's early days. Your guide will point out some of the beautiful points of interest associated with the Fox.

Local Expert tip: Do not take photographs of the interior of the Fox without permission.

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Sweet Auburn Walking Tour
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See the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King during this tour, which highlights this neighborhood and the powerful people who lived their. Churches, and points of interest from the Civil Rights Movement are spotlighted during this Atlanta Preservation Center tour.

Local Expert tip: Take children on this tour so that the Civil Rights movement will come to life.

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Historic Midtown Atlanta Tour
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In Atlanta's historic midtown district, take a walking tour of homes, beginning with an 1883 house, called the Peters house. This Atlanta Preservation Walking Tour is led by a knowledgeable guide who will more in-depth look at the businesses that move in Atlanta. The guide will combine the homes that you see with stories about the people who lived in the area.

Local Expert tip: Remember that the homes are likely occupied, so be considerate of their privacy.

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Take a tour of one of Atlanta's oldest neighborhoods. The Inman park area has historic homes funded by Coca Cola salesman, Asa Griggs and Ernest Woodruff whose sons led the Coca Cola Company. You can learn about the origins of the various homes and architecture in the area.

Local Expert tip: Since you will pay your guide the trip, do not try to pay with a credit card or a debit card.

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Ansley Park Tour
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Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Ansley Park area was built in the early 1900s. The area has several parks, a golf course and dozens of homes. In this midtown neighborhood, you will see and learn about the architecture during the period in which the homes were built. You can get a listing of some of the homes and notable locations thanks to information from the Ansley Park Civic Association.

Local Expert tip: Take a map of the places that you would like to visit with you on your self guided tour. A navigation device would be helpful, too.

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Grant Park Tour
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The Grant Park area, is a great walking tour in Atlanta, because you can see historical homes and a few modern attractions. Zoo Atlanta, is located in the Grant Park area as well as Grant Mansion, which was built in 1856. Learn history of the area in the tour by the Atlanta Preservation Center.

Local Expert tip: Have cash ready for the tour guide.

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