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The 12 Best Atlanta Tours

See everything Georgia's capital has to offer with a guided trip.

U.S. News & World Report

The 12 Best Atlanta Tours

Best Atlanta Tours

Learn about the civil rights movement and the life of Martin Luther King Jr. during a tour with Atlanta History Tours.(Courtesy of Atlanta History Tours)

Note: Some tour providers on this list may have ceased operations due to COVID-19. Check with your tour operator about availability before you book.

Whether you're interested in the history of the civil rights movement, hoping to see where your favorite movie was filmed or are looking to sample some Southern food, Atlanta won't disappoint. With so much happening in this sprawling Georgia city, one of the best ways to explore is with a guided tour. U.S. News compiled this list of the top 12 tours based on expert input and reviewer sentiment. So strap on your comfortable shoes and get going – you've got a lot to see.

Atlanta History Tours – King Historic District Tour

Engaging guides and moving subject matter make this tour worthwhile, according to reviewers. The 2 1/2-hour walk covers almost 2 miles of the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood and includes stories about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. Highlights include landmarks within the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, such as Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Prince Hall Grand Lodge and the King Center. Tours are offered daily in the summer starting at 10 a.m. and in the winter Thursday to Monday at 10 a.m. Groups are limited to 14 people and prices start at $35 per person. You can also opt to make this a private tour with an option to include a meal at a neighboring restaurant.

Bicycle Tours of Atlanta – Fall In Love with Atlanta

The Fall In Love with Atlanta bike tour earns rave reviews from travelers thanks to its attentive and knowledgeable guides. Tourists also remark that it's the perfect way to get an overview of some of Atlanta's top attractions and lesser-known gems. During the 8-mile, 2 1/2-hour ride, tourgoers will learn about the city's Civil War and civil rights history while riding along the Atlanta BeltLine and through the city's popular neighborhoods, such as Little Five Points. Additional sights include the Oakland Cemetery. Departure times vary by month, but generally, tours begin daily at 10 a.m. Prices start at $59 per person and include use of a bike and helmet, as well as bottled water and snacks. The company also offers tours highlighting the city's street art and one that explores the city's role in the civil rights movement.

Atlanta Sightseeing Bus Tours – Atlanta City Bus Tour

Stop at many of the city's best-known tourist sites on this five-hour bus tour. Highlights include the Fox Theatre, Centennial Olympic Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. You'll also enjoy a tour of the Buckhead neighborhood to see its swanky mansions, including the Swan House, which is part of the Atlanta History Center and featured in several of "The Hunger Games" movies. Tour-takers comment that the guides and drivers give insightful information about the city. However, some travelers wish the tour allotted more time at specific stops. Tours begin daily at 9 a.m. at Peachtree Center. Tickets cost around $70 for adults and $60 for children ages 2 to 12. The company also offers a daytrip to Georgia's wine country.

Flavors of Atlanta – Atlanta Food & Cocktail Tour

Come hungry and thirsty for this 3 1/2-hour culinary stroll through Atlanta's Midtown neighborhood. During the tour, patrons are entertained with stories about Atlanta's history and culture while noshing on southern specialties like pork loin brined in sweet tea, shrimp and grits, a burger sandwiched between Krispy Kreme doughnuts and more. A few stops include a cocktail or beer pairing. Tourgoers say the food and cocktails are top-notch. They also comment that the guides do a great job with the excursion and are very knowledgeable about the city. Tickets cost around $100 for participants ages 10 and older and around $80 for youths ages 3 to 9. Children younger than 3 can join for free. Tours run Thursday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday at 12:15 p.m.

ATL-Cruzers – Eastside Atlanta Segway Tour

Easily sightsee your way through Atlanta atop Segways during this 2 1/2-hour guided tour through the city's historic neighborhoods. The 8-mile ride also affords scenic views with plenty of photo opportunities. Stops include Inman Park, Grant Park, Cabbagetown's murals, the Atlanta BeltLine and Oakland Cemetery. Tourgoers are impressed with the experienced guides and their focus on safety. Even Atlantans report learning new things about their city. Daily tours depart at 10 a.m., and tickets start at about $60 per person. Participants must be 14 years or older to tour. You can also explore Midtown on a Segway with ATL-Cruzers.

Atlanta Movie Tours – Big Zombie Tour Part 1

Calling all fans of "The Walking Dead" – this tour is for you. The Big Zombie Tour Part 1 focuses on seasons one and five of the hit show and takes visitors to various filming locations. Tour-takers rave about the entertaining guides that lead the tour. They also appreciate seeing sights from other movies and television shows besides "The Walking Dead." Tours begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday and Thursday. They last about three hours; one hour of which requires walking and the remaining time is spent on a bus. Tickets cost around $80 for adults and $60 for children. The company offers two other zombie tours, both of which depart from Senoia, Georgia.

Food Tours Atlanta walks its patrons through Ponce City Market to sample the best eats.(Courtesy of Food Tours Atlanta)

Food Tours Atlanta – Ponce City Market Food, Art, and History Experience

Taste your way through the lively halls of the Ponce City Market, housed in the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building, during this guided 2 1/2-hour trip. Guides escort patrons through the complex to try some of the best bites by Atlanta's top chefs. The tour features six tastings that could include ramen, burgers, Cuban food and more multiethnic eats. The tour concludes with a walk along the BeltLine where you'll discover some of Atlanta's eclectic street art. Tour-takers say they enjoy the selection of food and learning about the history of Ponce City Market. They also say there are great vegetarian and vegan options. Groups meet Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Prices start at $75 for adults and $50 for children 12 years old and younger. The company also offers a food tour of Inman Park.

CNN Studio Tours – VIP Tour

Visit CNN's global headquarters and enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes access to its broadcasting areas on the studio's VIP Tour. Not only will you hear about the history of CNN, but you'll also learn how broadcasts are created. You'll also have the chance to step inside the newsrooms and the studio newscasters use daily – a perk the standard tour doesn't offer. Some patrons thoroughly enjoy the visit and learning more about the news, while others say there is nothing too exciting to see during the trip. Tours operate Monday through Friday at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. (Know that the 9:30 a.m. tour isn't available on Thursday). Tours may not be available every week, or they may be rerouted or canceled due to breaking news events. Prices start at $40 per person. CNN also offers a standard behind-the-scenes tour.

The Peachtree Trolley

According to reviewers, this narrated 90-minute trolley tour offers a great introduction to the city. The sightseeing ride covers the Centennial Park District to Midtown. The trolley passes by the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia State Capitol, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Piedmont Park and other top attractions. Adult tickets start at $31 and there are discounts for students, seniors and children. The tour is not recommended for children younger than 6. Tours depart Monday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and on Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.

Atlanta Food Walks – Downtown Southern Food Walk

Fans of Southern food will delight in this 2-mile walk through the city's historic downtown neighborhoods. The small-group experience (with a maximum of 14 people) features up to seven stops with 15 food and beverage tastings over the course of 3 1/2 hours. Samples could include tea, pralines, burgers and meat pies. You'll also have the chance to try fried chicken from a restaurant once frequented by Martin Luther King Jr. Tourgoers compliment the guide's comprehension of the civil rights movement and how it is reflected in the food and culture of the city. They also comment that the food is delicious, and the servings are generous. Tours are offered at 11 a.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; there is an additional tour at noon on Saturday. Prices start at $75 for adults and $55 for children. Atlanta Food Walks also offers a food tour of Grant Park.

Atlanta Adventure Tours – Stone Mountain Park Segway PT Tours

Comprising 3,200 acres about 30 minutes east of Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Georgia's capital. To explore what this park has to offer, hop on a Segway and join Atlanta Adventure Tours for a guided trip. Tour-takers will cover about 5 miles, learn interesting facts and history, and have plenty of opportunities for photos. Tours last around two hours, which includes instruction time on operating the Segway and a water break. Reviewers say the guides are engaging and that the Segway ride is a great activity to do with kids since the roads are easy to navigate. Keep in mind: Participants must be at least 12 years old, have a guardian present and weigh at least 100 pounds. Tours operate March through October and are available Wednesday through Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Groups are limited to six people. Prices start at $49 per person. The company also offers private tours.

Pop the Cork Wine Tours – Public Tour

Tourgoers love this daylong excursion to north Georgia's wine country. They remark that the owners are professional and choose a nice selection of wineries. Pop the Cork takes travelers to up to four area wineries for tastings. Your ticket also includes a picnic lunch and round-trip transportation. The excursions last eight to nine hours and are available daily. Several wineries also offer live music on the weekends. Start times depend on the departure location. Prices start at $145 per person and include wine-tasting fees. Participants must be 21 or older to tour. The company also offers private tours for a minimum of 12 people.

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