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Experience The Best Of Atlanta With These 8 Exciting Tours

Gaby
Published Jun 27, 2017

Atlanta is the metropolitan capital of Georgia and a magical city that seamlessly integrates Southern culture and history with a modern vibe. To make the most of your trip to Atlanta, you need to experience all it has to offer. These eight great tours will show you the best of Atlanta’s diverse offerings. All you have to do is sign up!

Top 3 activities to book in Atlanta

1. Enjoy true Southern hospitality on food tour of Atlanta’s finest cuisine


The South is known for its hospitality, and one of the best ways to experience it is on an Atlanta food tour. On this three and a half hour tour, your knowledgeable guide will lead you to seven of the most popular eateries in historic downtown Atlanta. During this tour, you’ll learn about the culture and history of Atlanta as you walk and eat through some of its most historic sights.

Tasting locations include: Paschal’s, the unofficial headquarters of the Civil Rights Movement; Smoke Ring: a contemporary barbecue joint; Arden’s Garden, Atlanta’s oldest juicery; Just Add Honey, a boutique tea company; Panbury’s or Grindhouse Killer Burgers, the best burgers in Atlanta; Metro Deli, classic soul food; and Miss D’s Pralines, a Creole-style candy shop. Enjoy the best of the South on this food tour!

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2. Tour Atlanta's famous historical buildings


The city of Atlanta’s rich and vibrant history is simply waiting to be discovered. During this tour, your guide will help you step back in time and learn about the history of two of Atlanta’s most famous homes. This tour starts with a pick-up at your hotel in Atlanta and beings with a drive through Buckhead, one of the most affluent districts in Georgia.

On this tour, you’ll visit the Swan House, built in 1928 for the Harvard H. Inman family and one of the most photographed sights in Atlanta; the Smith Family Farmhouse and grounds, built in the 1840s for the Robert Smith family; and the Margaret Mitchell House, the building in which Mitchell wrote her Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, “Gone with the Wind.” This tour is sure to impress the history buffs in your group and is perfect for anyone interested in engaging with Atlanta’s rich history.

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3. Experience Atlanta’s unique breweries


The state of Georgia boasts a booming craft brewing industry and culture. Sample the best of Atlanta’s local breweries on this five-hour bus tour. The tour starts with a ride on a chauffeured, air-conditioned bus ride to SweetWater Brewing, where you will enjoy a private tasting and tour. As you learn about the hops, malts, and brewers behind each beer, you’ll enjoy different samples and snacks with your fellow beer-lovers.

After SweetWater, you’ll go to two more local breweries. While the breweries you visit will depend on location availability, at each location you’ll enjoy 3 to 4 half pints and be given a souvenir glass and gift bag to help you remember the experience. Your guide will give you inside information on each brewery and help you drink like a local, making this tour perfect for the beer lover on your trip.

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4. Meet your need for speed at the Atlanta Dragway

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Atlanta’s famous Dragway is the perfect place for the adrenaline junky in your group to meet their need for speed. Don’t miss your chance to personally drive a dragster and experience the long, smoky burnout at the end. During this tour, you’ll be given a safety instruction, track orientation, demo run and all the equipment you need to experience the thrill of driving a dragster. Once you’re ready to hit the road on your own, you’ll buckle in and take a few runs down the strip at 130 miles per hour. You can choose from two, three, or four runs down the drag way, making this the perfect tour for those itching for adventure.

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5. Hit the trails: Take a hike and drink some wine!

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Escape the heat and the bustle of city life in downtown Atlanta on this beautiful hiking tour through the Southern Appalachian Mountains. This all-day tour starts at Andy’s Market in Clayton, Georgia, where you’ll meet your guide and head to the Bartram Trail and Yonah Mountain Trail. You’ll hike through Georgia’s scenic backcountry and have amazing views of the foothills of the Appalachians. The tour includes a wonderful picnic style lunch with a view. After your hike, you’ll enjoy a wine tasting at a winery of your choice, and relax in style after your day of adventure.

Hit the trails: Take a hike and drink some wine!

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6. Experience life on the big screen: Take a tour of Atlanta’s best movie filming sites

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One of Atlanta’s best-kept secrets is its popularity as a Hollywood movie filming site. On this half-day tour, you’ll join an enthusiastic guide on a coach tour of Atlanta’s best film sites. This tour begins at Castleberry Hill, one of the Art Districts of Atlanta.

As you cruise around town, your guide, a local actor, will offer you behind the scenes insight on Atlanta’s movie filming culture and history. You’ll zoom by the locations of more than 700 different movie and television shows as your guide hosts trivia games and spices up the tour with different movie clips and tons of stories. Don’t miss your chance to experience the best of Atlanta’s filming culture!

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7. Take a biking tour of Atlanta’s famous street art

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This biking tour through Atlanta shows you a different side of the city. Alongside a local guide, you’ll cycle your way past the amazing street art that populates the sidewalks, tunnels, and buildings of downtown Atlanta. This tour starts at Cafe and Velo, where you’ll meet your guide and get a quick safety briefing before hitting the streets. As you cycle through the city, your guide will incorporate the history and culture into this tour to give you a holistic experience of the city and the colorful people that populate it. This is the perfect tour for those looking for a unique view of the city and its wonderful street art.

Take a walking tour of Atlanta's famous street art

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8. Get behind the scenes: Take a tour of CNN’s newsroom


Don’t miss your chance to get behind-the-scenes access to CNN’s global headquarters in Atlanta. On this guided, 50 minute tour, you’ll learn how the CNN news is produced and written. If you’re lucky, you may even get to watch some of the anchors deliver a live broadcast! This tour includes a souvenir photo behind a news desk and the opportunity to experience the creation of the news you read and watch every day!

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Make the most of Atlanta

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The only way to experience the real Atlanta is to see it alongside locals. On these eight great tours, local guides will show you the best of Atlanta’s eateries, breweries, and street art as well as its finest cultural and historical sights. Don’t miss your chance to get the inside scoop on one of the United States’ most vibrant cities!

Gaby is a climbing guide based out of wherever work and life happen to bring her. While traveling, Gaby seeks out the best outdoor adventures she can find, but appreciates a cold beer and a warm...Read more

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