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How to Spend 3 Days in Atlanta

How to Spend 3 Days in Atlanta

With three days in Atlanta, you can cover key highlights, sample Southern fare, and see why the city's become a backdrop for everything from blockbuster movies to zombie attacks. But while Atlanta could easily fill your whole itinerary, it's also a great home base for exploring Georgia. Here's how to spend three days in Atlanta.

Day 1: Hotlanta Highlights

A long list of landmarks have helped Atlanta snag a spot as one of the South’s best destinations, so start by ticking off a few that interest you most. For wildlife lovers, the Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta are must-sees, with world-class animal collections that include giant pandas and whale sharks. Other favorites include the World of Coca-Cola, devoted to all things Coke, and the world headquarters of CNN; lucky visitors might even see anchors as they broadcast. For a glimpse of Atlanta’s civil rights heritage, stop by the Atlanta Center for Civil and Human Rights, which links a local history of activism to world issues.

At each of these sights, booking tickets in advance pays off in time savings and convenience. If you plan to visit more than one, combination tickets and passes can be budget-friendly options, often coming with added perks and discounts.

Day 2: Hollywood of the South

From the films of Tyler Perry to the TV show The Walking Dead, Atlanta's proved to be one of America’s most popular sets, snagging the title of the "Hollywood of the South." Even if you're not a movie buff, joining a film tour can be a fun way to see off-beat neighborhoods and scenic locations, ones you might recognize next time you’re at the theater. Die-hard fans should go for themed options, choosing from trips that explore The Walking Dead sites, locations used in the series Stranger Things, and historic landmarks from Gone With the Wind. If you’re looking for a general introduction to Atlanta's film industry, opt for a tour that samples a little bit of everything while hitting all the highlights.

Day 3: Best Day Trips from—and in—Atlanta

When you're ready for a day outside the city, the possibilities are endless: explore the Georgia mountains, visit a rural Amish community, or sip your way through local wineries. Since avoiding Atlanta’s traffic is something of a local art, tours with dedicated drivers take advantage of the best routes out of the city.

If you’d rather stick around, dedicate your last day in Atlanta to history; the city is home to mansions, landmarks from the civil rights era, and other fascinating sites. For an in-depth discussion of Atlanta history, consider a tour that's themed to your interests to ensure you don’t miss any key points.

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Private Stranger Things

Private Stranger Things "The Upside Down" Film Locations Tour in Atlanta

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Fit more Stranger Things filming locations into less time than if you explored them independently with this Stranger Things film locations tour. A guide knows the quickest ways in between stops in Atlanta and the surrounding area that show you where key scenes from the show were done. Plus, you’ll ride comfortably, with hotel pickup and drop-off included, while you listen to your guide tell you behind-the-scenes info as you go.
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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
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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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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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