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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.

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Atlanta Walking ToursWorld of Coca-Cola
Sample beverages from around the world at the World of Coca-Cola (121 Baker St. N.W.). With more than 100 flavors to try, there will be lots of hits, but the inevitable misses will lead to laughs. To satisfy a thirst for retro, check out vintage Coca-Cola ads and take pictures with the iconic polar bears.

Social media access keeps teens in the know, but get the scoop on how pros handle a 24-hour news cycle during an CNN Studio Tours (190 Marietta St. N.W.). You'll tour behind the scenes of CNN. Time it right and you’ll see newscasters and staff prepare for a show.

Continue the educational mission at The King Center (449 Auburn Ave. N.E.). Established by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s wife, Coretta Scott King, the center is dedicated to promoting positive change throughout the world. Though the archives are open by appointment only, stroll around Freedom Walkway’s reflecting pool, the Chapel of All Faiths and Freedom Hall, where you can think about King’s enduring legacy.

Teens can further their knowledge of segregation and the fight for African-American civil rights at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site (450 Auburn Ave. N.E.). Exploring the visitor’s center as well as the birthplace, church and grave of the assassinated civil rights leader can bring to life events they have only read about in history class.

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Learn about the human condition and the history of civil rights at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.). Teens can further explore conflicts happening today. The city's many educational attractions make it an excellent choice for group travel for middle school and high school students.

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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. Total tax on hotel stays is 16.9 percent plus a $5 per night fee.

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.

Taxis

Cab companies include Checker Cab, (404) 351-1111; and Yellow, (404) 305-9075. Taxis are metered. Base fare for Checker Cab and Yellow is $2.50, $2 for each additional mile and $2 for each additional passenger. A fuel surcharge may apply.

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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