450 Auburn Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
The childhood home of Atlanta’s favorite son, Martin Luther King Jr., is an historic site that you can visit for free. The National Park Service provides “Birth Home Tours” which allows you to see into the Civil Rights leader’s early life. Meanwhile, there are many related attractions within walking distance. Visitors should be advised that while admission and parking are free, reservations must be made in person, the day of the tour.
4 Depot St. N.E.
Marietta, GA 30060
Marietta Square has many historically relevant curiosities pertaining to the Civil War and just as many options for guided tours. Thankfully, among these options is a the do-it-yourself path. Simply stop by the visitors center for a free brochure and then set your own pace while enjoying the sites. “Ghost Tours” are an especially popular seasonal attraction. Of particular interest, The Root House Museum is a must see. Built in 1845, the architecture is typical of the “frame houses” of that era. Inside the house, there are period furnishings and fashions, and outside there is a period-style garden. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday with hourly tours starting at 11:30 a.m.
248 Oakland Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
The Oakland Cemetery considers itself “a secret sanctuary” because it is an undeveloped piece of Atlanta history tucked in the middle of a downtown sprawl. Founded in 1850, this property is actually quite lively and beautiful. Daily tours will allow visitors to see flowers, sculptures, as well as the final resting place of the city’s famed citizens. There are many seasonally specific tours and themed celebrations so visitors should consult the website for current information. Perhaps the most celebrated of events at Oakland Cemetery is its annual “Sunday in the Park” event held on October 5th. Sunday in the Park is a Victorian era-themed festival with storytelling, live reenactments, food, artists and more.
840 Cherokee Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315
Grant Park is another historic Atlanta location, maintained by the National Park Service. This considerable area is full of green recreational space as well as perfectly preserved mansions. For those looking for an educational experience, Grant Park’s itineraries offer a variety of cultural exhibitions with local importance. Though it is something of a cliche, Grant Park is also home to the famous Cyclorama.
Euclid Ave. and Elizabeth St.
Atlanta, GA 31136
Inman Park’s claim to fame is that is Atlanta’s first suburb, as of 1890, or at least the first planned one. The Victorian-style houses in this neighborhood were the toast of the elite, trolley-riding members of Atlanta society. Thanks to the restoration efforts conducted in the 1970s, contemporary visitors can still appreciate the unique architecture of the bygone days.
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