7 Tours To Give You A New Outlook On Atlanta

Whether you’re a foodie, a film buff or just want to get out and see more of the city – there’s a tour of Atlanta for you to check out. Photo by Kyra Semien.

Get enthralled by Atlanta’s spirited, diverse culture with tours of its vast metropolitan areas.

Venture through the city’s food scenes, historical landmarks and pop culture spots to get immersed in what all the Gate City of the South has to offer.

Whether it’s by foot, trolley, plane or Segway, here’s seven fun-filled tours of Atlanta that will be sure to give you an entertaining, unique look at the city.

Take a walk through Atlanta’s prominent food scenes

Tour Locations: Castleberry Hill and Grant Park neighborhoods

Taste one-of-a-kind eats from renowned restaurants during an Atlanta Food Walks tour that melds “history, culture and community with food.” The company offers the “Downtown Southern Food Walk” for $75 per person and “Grant Park Past & Future Food Walk” for $69, along with private food walks. Enjoy 15 tastings from seven food stops, including Paschal’s, Smoke Ring and Grindhouse Killer Burgers, as the tour takes you through Downtown Atlanta. The Grant Park food walk takes tourists to five restaurants where they get access to 12 tastings. Purchase tickets on the Atlanta Food Walks website.

The Downtown Southern Food Walk includes a stop at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Photo by Kaitlin Kolarik.

See the city on a Segway

Tour Locations: Midtown and Eastside Atlanta

Skip walking and Segway through Atlanta’s bustling communities by taking an ATL-Cruzers tour. Venturing through the city on Segway opens up patrons to the sounds, smells and sights of Midtown and Eastside Atlanta. The Midtown tour takes riders to popular locations, such as Piedmont Park, the High Museum of Art and Margaret Mitchell Home, for $59 a person. Riders also get to visit Cabbagetown, Atlanta BeltLine and Inman Park during the $59 Eastside Atlanta neighborhood tour.

Learn about the civil rights movement in Atlanta

Tour Location: Downtown Atlanta

Journey down Atlanta’s downtown streets to learn about the community’s deep civil rights culture. The Civil Rights Tour Atlanta takes patrons through historic landmarks, such as Magnolia Ballroom, Martin Luther King Jr.’s last house, The King Center and Rush Memorial Church. Tours begin in front of King’s grave at the King Center and expect to ride on luxury coaches with minimal walking during stops. Book you spot on the tour by purchasing your ticket for $65 on the company’s website.

Tom Houck, who was Martin Luther King Jr.’s personal aide and driver, leads the popular tour to civil rights sites in Atlanta. Photo by Alison Guillory.

Get a high-flying, bird’s eye view of Atlanta

Tour Location: The 57th Fighter Group Restaurant

Look at the city in one of the rarest ways by seeing it from above. Go on a scenic flight of Atlanta with Biplanes Rides Over Atlanta. Take in the beauty of Atlanta’s sprawling urban landscape and skyline soaring in one of the company’s planes. The scenic flight lasts for 25 minutes and is $89 per passenger. Request your flight online to secure your spot.

Exercise and tour the city at the same time

Tour Locations: Atlanta BeltLine, Downtown and Midtown Atlanta

Sightrun through the city to experience Atlanta on foot with City Running Tours. The “Atlanta History and Highlights,” “Midtown Atlanta 5K and 10K” and “Beer & Beltline 5K” are some of the available group running tours. Step where some of Atlanta’s most historical moments happened during the “Atlanta History and Highlights” tour. Visit spots like the Fox Theatre and The Varsity during the Midtown tours. Run along the interior of the Atlanta Beltline during the tour, which ends with a complimentary beer at Hop City Beer and Wine. The runs generally last for about an hour and are on paved sidewalks. Plan to run at a casual pace during the tour, and City Running Tours will supply runners with a bottle of water. Tickets range from $30 to $40 per person.

Ride The Peachtree Trolley down Atlanta’s streets

Tour Location: Downtown Atlanta

Sit back, relax and take in the city views while you ride on The Peachtree Trolley. The tour takes riders through the Centennial Olympic Park area where the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola are close by, along with The Woodruff Arts Center, Oakland Cemetery and The King Center. Come aboard at the Twin Smokers BBQ where the tour begins. Adult tickets are $31 and children can ride the trolley for $16.

Visit where your favorite scenes were filmed

Tour Locations: Downtown Atlanta

Book an Atlanta Movie Tours excursion to stop by places where major movies and TV shows were shot. Go on the “Victory Tour” to see the sites of “The Hunger Games’” “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay” for $65 per person. The company offers four tours to see spots from “The Walking Dead,” and the “Big Zombie Tour 1” for $69 takes tourists to memorable locations from the show like the Jackson Street bridge. Tickets can be purchased on the company’s website.

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