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Atlanta SightseeingAre you planning a vacation to Atlanta? One of the first things to do is a sightseeing tour, which can help you get acclimated. Get a feel for this destination city as well as where to eat and fun places to go with a guided or self-guided tour.

Atlanta Bus and Trolley Travel ToursAmerican Sightseeing Atlanta and other companies offer a variety of excursions around downtown Atlanta, to Stone Mountain and through residential areas.

Atlanta Movie Tours

The Peachtree Trolley Co.

Flavors of Atlanta

ATL-Cruzers Electric Car and Segway Tours

Atlanta Walking ToursAAA/Greg Weekes
If you plan to travel during warmer months, be sure to stop and smell the flowers. House and garden tours of Druid Hills and Ansley Park are conducted during annual events. Further information can be obtained at your hotel or from the telephone directory.

Guided walking tours of Atlanta's historic districts, downtown architecture and the Westview Cemetery are offered by the Atlanta Preservation Center March through November (weather permitting). Comfortable walking shoes should be worn; phone (404) 688-3353.

Free guided 30-minute tours of the 1967 Greek Revival-style Governor's Mansion are offered Tuesday through Thursday 10-11:30. The mansion is at 391 West Paces Ferry Rd. N.W. Phone (404) 261-1776.

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Atlanta, GA

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Travel Information

City Population

420,003

Elevation

1,050 ft.

Sales Tax

The sales tax in the Atlanta metro area is 8.9 percent. An additional 7 percent is levied on hotel rooms, bringing the total tax on hotel stays to 15 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(404) 614-6544

Time and Temperature

(770) 455-7141

Hospitals

Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center, (404) 265-4000; Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, (678) 843-7001; Emory University Hospital, (404) 712-2000; Grady Memorial Hospital, (404) 616-1000; Northside Hospital, (404) 851-8000; Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, (404) 605-5000.

Visitor Information

233 Peachtree St. N.E. Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30303. Phone:(404)521-6600 or (800)285-2682

Air Travel

Atlanta is served by

Rental Cars

Hertz, with offices downtown and at the airport, offers discounts to AAA members; phone (404) 530-2925 or (800) 654-3080. For listings of other agencies check the telephone directory.

Rail Service

Amtrak train service is provided out of Southern Railway's Peachtree Station, known locally as Brookwood Station, at 1688 Peachtree St. N.W.; phone (800) 872-7245. Atlanta is a major stop on Amtrak's route known as “The Crescent,” which connects New York City with New Orleans.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc., 232 Forsyth St. S.W., is the major bus line serving Atlanta; phone (404) 584-1728 for recorded information or (800) 231-2222. There is a location at the airport at 6000 N. Terminal Dr.; phone (404) 765-9598.

Taxis

Cab companies include Checker Cab, (404) 351-1111; and Yellow, (404) 521-0200. Taxis are metered. Base fare for Checker Cab and Yellow is $2.50, $2 for each additional one-eighth mile and $2 for each additional passenger. A fuel surcharge may apply. Other taxi companies are listed in the telephone directory.

Public Transportation

Atlanta's public transportation consists of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's (MARTA) bus, rail and subway systems. See Public Transportation for details.

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