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Atlanta Tours

By Susan M. Keenan © 2007

The cultural and historical sightseeing opportunities in Atlanta are numerous, including those originating in the past as well as the present. Fortunately, for those who are so inclined a variety of tours are offered in a wide variety of locations. Some of these tours are listed below.

The Gray Line Bus Company offers five separate tours including the All Around Atlanta, Georgiaís Great, the Atlanta Grand, a Combination Tour A, and a Combination Tour B.

All Around Atlanta

Departing from the Visitorís Center of Underground Atlanta at 65 Upper Alabama Street, the narrated tour lasts four and a half hours. The stops along this tour includes the Georgia Aquarium, a unique display of otters, penguins, beluga whales, and whale sharks, the Margaret Mithchell House and Museum, which includes a portrait of Scarlet OíHara from Mitchellís book ďGone with the Wind,Ē and the Atlanta Cyclorama, which features a reenactment of the Battle of Atlanta.

Georgiaís Great

Departing from the Visitorís Center of Underground Atlanta at 65 Upper Alabama Street, the narrated tour lasts three hours and traverses through the downtown area, City Hall, and the State Capitol Building. Stops are made at the World of Coca-Cola Museum, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, and the Jimmy Carter Museum and Library.

Atlanta Grand

Departing from the Visitorís Center of Underground Atlanta at 65 Upper Alabama Street, the narrated tour traverses past the historical homes of the area and the Governorís Mansion. Four important stops are included on this tour. They include the Atlanta Cyclorama, which features a reenactment of the Battle of Atlanta, the Atlanta History Center, the Swan House Mansion, and Tully Smithís farmhouse.

Combination Tour A

Departing from the Visitorís Center of Underground Atlanta at 65 Upper Alabama Street, the narrated tour lasts several hours. This tour combines the highlights of the Georgiaís Great and the All Around Atlanta at a reduced price.

Combination Tour B

Departing from the Visitorís Center of Underground Atlanta at 65 Upper Alabama Street, the narrated tour lasts seven and a half hours. This tour combines the highlights of the Atlanta Grand with Georgiaís Great at a reduced price.

A free tour of the Governorís Mansion, a Greek Revival style building, is offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The tours are conducted between the hours of 10:00 am and 11:30 am. The location is 391 West Paces Ferry Road and reservations are required for groups larger than 10 people.

A walking tour of the city is offered by the Atlanta Preservation Center. Trained guides take guests on a tour of many of Atlantaís preserved areas. The tour, lasting an hour and a half, includes stops at each of the following locations: the Fox Theater, Historic Downtown, Inman Park, Grant Park, Martin Luther King Jr. District, Ansley Park, and the Frederick Law Olmsteadís Druid Hills.

The Underground Atlanta Guided History Tour stats at 50 Upper Alabama Street and is offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. It guides visitors along a tour of the cityís five-block section of this historic area that includes restaurants, shops, bars, and street vendors.

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