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How to Spend 1 Day in Atlanta

How to Spend 1 Day in Atlanta

From civil rights landmarks to downtown style, sprawling Atlanta has endless facets to explore. With one day, you can sample the best of the city’s Southern cuisine, visit a big-name attraction, and discover film sites, local history—and even zombies. Use these tips to make the most of one day in Atlanta.

Morning: Hotlanta’s Hottest Spots

Atlanta’s headlining attractions rival the best in the nation, so take time to explore the one that interests you most. Go nose-to-nose with marine life at the Georgia Aquarium; try to guess the secret ingredient at the World of Coca-Cola; visit the resident pandas at Zoo Atlanta; or head to CNN’s global headquarters to see how the news gets made. Booking tickets in advance is a time-saving strategy that makes arrival seamless, and if you’re hoping to tick off more than one destination, multiple-attraction passes can save you money.

Afternoon: Sample Southern Hospitality

Pour yourself a glass of sweet iced tea for an afternoon of Atlanta cuisine—it goes from traditional Southern “meat and three” to fried chicken and cutting-edge bites. With just one day in Atlanta, it’s a shame to commit to a single meal, so consider a food tour that features a series of dishes in restaurants, diners, and local markets. And since food, history, and culture are deeply linked here, you’re sure to get a side of storytelling with your meal, as well as a delicious look at daily life in Atlanta.

Night: From History to the Hollywood of the South

Now that you’re energized for an afternoon of exploring, choose a guided tour that dives into Atlanta history, or discover some of the blockbuster films and television shows that have been filmed here. Themed film tours run the gamut from Gone with the Wind to The Walking Dead, while best-of film tours sample a little bit of everything. If history is more your style, Atlanta’s rich in fascinating destinations; check out Civil Rights landmarks and historic homes with some of the city’s grandest architecture.

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Atlanta CityPASS

Atlanta CityPASS

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Experience Atlanta’s must-see tourist attractions—and enjoy considerable savings—on this exciting Atlanta CityPASS. Visit the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, and Zoo Atlanta. Then choose between admission to 2 of the following attractions: National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History or the College Football Hall of Fame. This Atlanta CityPASS is valid for 9 consecutive days from the first date of use. Convenient mobile tickets are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.
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  • 9 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.25
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Skip-The-Ticket-Line: World of Coca-Cola Admission Ticket in Atlanta

Skip-The-Ticket-Line: World of Coca-Cola Admission Ticket in Atlanta

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Avoid the ticketing window lines and proceed to the main entry line upon arrival. Explore the history of the world's most famous beverage brand at the World of Coca-Cola—the dynamic, multimedia home of Coke’s secret formula. Get closer than ever to the vault that holds the secret Coca-Cola recipe. See more than 1,200 rare artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process. Then take a trip around the world in a thrilling 3-D movie experience before sampling more than 100 different beverages.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.70
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Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour

Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tour

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See the highlights of Atlanta on a 5-hour bus tour that includes stops at key sites such as the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park. Your guide shares commentary throughout the tour as you travel to Krog Street Market, Ponce City Market, Centennial Olympic Park, Atlantic Station, and more. Have time to purchase lunch at the CNN Center, and enjoy a drive through the Buckhead neighborhood to view stately mansions. Includes guide, driver, and transportation in a climate-controlled coach.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.99
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3-Hour Atlanta Beltline Food, Street Art and History Tour

3-Hour Atlanta Beltline Food, Street Art and History Tour

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Walk the streets of historic Inman Park and learn why this popular destination ranks tops among Atlanta's diverse food neighborhoods. Sample regional delights and local cuisine from locally-owned restaurants and navigate the streets with your expert guide like a local.
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  • 3 hours
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$99.00

Private Atlanta History Tour From Civil War to Civil Rights
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Private Atlanta History Tour From Civil War to Civil Rights

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Follow the history of Atlanta, from a major Civil War battlefield to the center of the Civil Rights movement, on this private walking and driving tour through the city. See the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, plus the site of the Battle of Atlanta, famous Oakland Cemetery and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Atlanta Historical Homes Tour

Private Atlanta Historical Homes Tour

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Peek into Atlanta's history. Cruise through the affluent Buckhead community, learning its history, view upscale mansions. We also drive through historical Ansley and Grant Park area viewing its stately homes. Most buildings were built between the neighborhood's founding in 1882 and the first decades of the 20th century. Grant Park contains the largest remaining area of Victorian architecture in Atlanta. We also visit inside LP Grant Mansion, the oldest home in Atlanta. The three-story, Italianate mansion was built in 1856 by Lemuel Pratt Grant (1817-1893), a city pioneer, railroad magnate and philanthropist who donated 100 acres to the city of Atlanta for Grant Park. Surviving the Civil War, the house was the 1902 birthplace of golf legend Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones and its preservation was, at one time, a passion of Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone with the Wind.
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  • 4 hours
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