Welcome to Atlanta: Private Tour including Skyview Ferris Wheel
Explore Atlanta, Georgia's capital and a city with a diverse and thriving cultural scene on this private walking tour where you will get the opportunity to discover its most popular highlights, and to walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther King through the heartlands of the Civil Rights Movement.
On your private introductory tour of Atlanta, you will:
- Discover Atlanta's southern charm, rich history and vibrant culture;
- See Dr King’s birthplace on Auburn Avenue, just one of several buildings that make up the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site;
- Visit the site of King’s baptism and funeral - the Ebenezer Baptist Church - which has become the most meaningful symbol of civil rights in America;
- See the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Headquarters;
- Visit the King Center to see the Eternal Flame, the Freedom Walkway and Reflecting Pool surrounding Martin Luther King Jr.'s tomb;
- Pass by the SCLC National Office and learn about this still-active national and international human rights organization;
- Explore the John Wesley Dobbs Plaza, named after John Wesley Dobbs, informally known as the "Mayor of Auburn Avenue" and a local and powerful voice in the African-American community;
- See the Woodruff Park Fountain, constructed in 1995 to commemorate Atlanta’s role in the Civil Rights movement;
- Walk along Auburn Avenue towards Downtown Atlanta to see the iconic CNN building;
- Visit Centennial Olympic Park and its famous Olympic Rings, the legacy of the Olympics Games of 1996;
- End your tour with tickets included to SkyView Atlanta, and admire the views of the city from above!
Known as “The Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement,” Atlanta emerged as the epicentre for activism from 1940 to 1970 when it became the cultural catalyst for freedom without discrimination or repression. Black leaders called for voting rights, access to public facilities and institutions, and economic and educational opportunities for African Americans.
The civil rights movement had a spiritual home in Atlanta, specifically in the Sweet Auburn district, where the influence of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife on civil rights history can still be felt to this day. It is here that King first had “his dream” while honing a particularly powerful speech that would have a seismic impact on US race relations.
Atlanta is also popular for its cultural and food scene with patios in every neighbourhood, and for being the number 1 filming location for movies and TV shows in the world, like the popular show Stranger Things filmed on the outskirts of Atlanta.
You will discover the legacy of the Olympic Games of 1996 by taking a stroll down the Centennial Olympic Park to see its iconic Olympic rings and end your tour with a ride on the Skyview Atlanta Ferris Wheel where you will admire the skyline of the city from above. The perfect way to end this introductory tour!