CNN Studio Tours
Whether you're a budding journalist or a fan of the network, odds are you'll enjoy touring CNN's headquarters. Tours of CNN Center give you an inside look at the day-to-day operations of one of the world's largest news organizations. Standard Behind-the-Scenes Tours, which last 50 minutes, include peeks at spaces used to produce broadcasts, while upgraded experiences offer everything from access to live newsrooms to souvenir press passes and meet-and-greets with TV anchors.
Although some recent visitors bemoaned CNN Center's high tour rates and short tour times, adding that the 50-minute timeframe is mostly filled with security checks and walking up and down stairs, others described them as informative and interesting. Many previous travelers were especially impressed with the friendly guides.
The CNN Center sits in downtown Atlanta by the College Football Hall of Fame, SkyView Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium, among other attractions. Parking is available at the adjacent CNN Deck for $10 per vehicle, per day, or you can take MARTA to the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center train station. Standard tours run every 20 minutes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and cost $15 for adults; $14 for seniors, students and teens ages 13 to 18; and $12 for children ages 4 to 12. Kids 3 and younger get in for free. Upgraded tours cost $33 to $47 per person and are only available at select times. If you have an Atlanta CityPASS, your pass covers one standard tour ticket. On-site amenities include a food court, a gift shop and restrooms. To learn more, visit the CNN Studio Tours website.
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#1 Atlanta History Center
Spread across 33 acres in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead neighborhood, the Atlanta History Center seeks to explore Georgia's past through comprehensive exhibitions, historic homes and miles of gardens and trails. The center's primary facility is the Atlanta History Museum, which showcases exhibits that span the region's history, from Native American culture to life in the antebellum South.
Near the museum is the Swan House, a restored estate originally built in 1928. Living up to its name, every room allegedly features at least one swan (motif). Outside the house, the Swan Woods Trail is lined with beautiful plants native to Georgia. Nearby, you can also see how the other half lived at the Smith Family Farm, a plantation house from the mid-1800s. Meanwhile, bookworms won't want to miss a tour of the Margaret Mitchell House, where the author penned her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Gone With the Wind."
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