Georgia State Capitol

Formerly the Atlanta City Council building, the capitol has served as the seat of state government for over a century and also houses a museum which displays the history of the state.

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Sweet Auburn
The national historic landmark district in the historically African-American community was at the center of the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta.
Founded in 1957 by Dr. KIng and others, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was founded to help centralize the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement throughout the country.
Centennial Olympic Park
Formed after the 1996 olympics in Atlanta, the park now serves as an extensive green space for the community and travelers.
Downtown Atlanta is not only where the state capitol is, but also home to the stadium of the Atlanta Falcons and the site which hosted the 1996 Olympics.
Tomb of Martin Luther King Jr.
The tomb of Martin Luther Jr. and Coretta Scott King is located across Auburn Avenue from the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Visitor Center and is surrounded by a reflecting pool.
SkyView Atlanta
SkyView Ferris wheel features 42 private gondolas with amazing city views.

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The Best of Atlanta on a Half-Day Tour with Private Transportation
Atlanta, Georgia's capital city, is rich in stories, culture and historical significance as the centre of the Civil Rights Movement, and their storytelling is a distinguishing feature of the Southern culture. On your private tour, you will: 

  • See Atlanta through the eyes of a local tour guide who will bring history to life as you explore Downtown, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Buckhead, and Eastside
  • Learn the impact of the Battle of Atlanta during the American Civil War and how the Civil Rights movement continues today.
  • See the State Capitol Building with its magnificent gilded dome and Centennial Park Downtown
  • Understand the deeper cultural context of Atlanta’s sports scene and the local fanaticism for five major teams.
  • Find out exactly how many of the Atlanta area streets are named Peachtree.
  • Visit historic Ponce City Market in Old Fourth Ward and Piedmont Park in Midtown.
  • Prosperity in Atlanta means an ever-changing skyline throughout Midtown, Downtown, and the outer fringes of the city as its population continues to experience dramatic growth since rising from the ashes in 1864 after being burnt to the ground.  Electric streetcars arrived in 1889, spawning new residential suburbs that today form an intrinsic part of Atlanta’s heritage. 
Later, the city emerged as the home of the Civil Rights Movement, a powerful frontline role that altered the course of history. Historic sites, landmarks and museums celebrate Martin Luther King’s achievements in his crusade for equal rights and the black history in the South. 

On this Half-Day Highlights Tour, you will delve into Atlanta's history while your tour guide shares the stories that make the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement come alive. Today Asian and Latin American cultures are interfused with the Irish, African-American, German and Austrian immigrants that played a role in the city's early history. The result is a vibrant culture with a mix of languages, cuisines, and music that lends this world-class Southern city an exciting, energetic buzz. 


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