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How to Spend 3 Days in Atlanta

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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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Atlanta's Southern Food TourHalf-day Tours

Atlanta's Southern Food Tour

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Experience the delicious Southern cuisine of Atlanta on this small-group food tour. Led by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable foodie guide, sample 15 food tastings at seven of the most popular restaurants in historic downtown Atlanta. Visit Paschal's, the unofficial headquarters of the Civil Rights Movement; the Smoke Ring, a rustic restaurant featuring barbecue, Southern sides and cocktails; Arden’s Garden, offering fruit juices and smoothies and many more.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Private Stranger Things Half-day Tours

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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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Atlanta CityPASSAttraction Tickets

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 CNN Studio Tours. Then choose between Zoo Atlanta or the National Center for Civil and Human Rights; and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History or the College Football Hall of Fame. This Atlanta CityPASS is valid for 30 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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  • 30 days
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  • 30 days
  • Free Cancellation

Atlanta Historical Homes TourHalf-day Tours

Atlanta Historical Homes Tour

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Learn about the history of Atlanta, Georgia, through architecture on this tour of historical homes. Tour three houses, including the outside of the elegant 1928 Swan House, and learn about each site from your guide as you go. Your other Atlanta historical home stops depend on the day of your tour, and could include a visit to the governor’s mansion, the Margaret Mitchell House, or the Rhodes Hall.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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From Civil War to Civil Rights: Private Atlanta History TourHalf-day Tours

From Civil War to Civil Rights: Private Atlanta History Tour

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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
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Atlanta Center for Civil and Human Rights General AdmissionAttraction Tickets

Atlanta Center for Civil and Human Rights General Admission

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Spend the afternoon exploring the Atlanta Center for Civil and Human Rights, located in downtown Atlanta. Check out the engaging and interactive attraction with this general admission pass. Learn about the American Civil Rights movement, and see how this translates to the global arena. Learn about fundamental rights and gain the information and language necessary to continue to conversation in your own community.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Amish Community Visit with Hiking & Wine TastingDay Trips

Amish Community Visit with Hiking & Wine Tasting

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Explore the stunning beauty of Amish Country on this full-day journey through rural life. You'll learn about Mennonite and Amish culture and tradition, visit bakeries and shops where homemade goods are sold, and gain insight and understanding into this ancient way of life. The tour ends with a wine tasting and look at the John Muir Trail.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Standing Indian Mountain Hike plus Wine TastingDining Experiences

Standing Indian Mountain Hike plus Wine Tasting

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Navigate the trails of Standing Indian Mountain with your professional local guide as part of this popular outdoor tour. Once you've taken to the hillside you'll have time to relax and unwind with tastings at Stonewall Creek Vineyard. This full-day hiking experience is not to be missed and ideal for anyone who loves spending time outdoors.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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Private Wine Full Day Tour from Atlanta City by Luxury VehicleWine Tastings

Private Wine Full Day Tour from Atlanta City by Luxury Vehicle

Are you a wine lover? If you are, you can not miss this amazing tour! Your local driver will pick you up and drive you to 3 Top Feature Wineries located in North Georgia, where you will enjoy over 15 wine tastings with a knowledgeable tour guide and much more!  Book a private custom tour in a Luxury SUV or Minivan Mercedes Sprinter and enjoy your 8 hours full day wine tasting tour, including pickup and drop off at your Hotel or Accommodation in Atlanta City Center. Wineries: • Yonah Mountain Vineyards • Cottage Vineyard Winery • Serenity Cellars Winery • Habersham Winery • Cenita Winery • Kaya Vineyards and Winery • Three Sisters Vineyards • Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery • Montaluce Winery & Restaurant                                         
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  • 8 hours