Culture: Landmarks & Historic Sites

Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum

At 358 feet long, the Cyclorama claims to be the largest oil painting in the world — and the longest-running art exhibition in U.S. his

Atlanta University Center

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this mega-campus straddling MLK Drive encompasses some of the nation's top historic

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Buckhead

This eccentric building was known mostly to locals as the place to park when partying in the Village. But to architects, it was an impo

Barrington Hall

Barrington King and his father, Roswell King, co-founded the settlement that became Roswell in the 1830s. Barrington's home on a rise o

Bulloch Hall

The 1840 home of President Theodore Roosevelt's mother, Mittie Bulloch, serves as cultural center with photographs and documents from t

CNN Center

Site of CNN's world headquarters and the Atlanta bureau office. Attractions include Inside CNN Studio Tour, retail shops, and restauran

Decatur Cemetery

The 58-acre cemetery located just off Decatur's town square is the oldest known publicly owned burial ground in metro Atlanta. With mor

DeKalb History Center

Sponsors public outreach programs such as historic walking tours, rotating exhibits, and archives.

Ebenezer Baptist Church

The historic church sanctuary where the young Martin Luther King Jr. was baptized and later preached with his father is open for tours

Emory University

Spread across more than 600 acres, Emory is among the nation's top 25 universities, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Folk Art Park

Folk Art Park pays homage to the rich and deep tradition of Southern folk art. Ranging from a large-scale installation based on quilt-m

Fox Theatre

In the late ’70s, Atlanta almost allowed a telephone company to demolish one of the city's architectural gems — and a great concert ven

Georgia Dome

The world's largest cable-supported dome is home to the Falcons, the Final Four, and countless monster-truck rallies. That is, until Fa

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech is one of the nation's top research universities. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in the Colleges of Archit

Georgia State Capitol

The fourth floor is the weirdest free museum in town, with its famous two-headed calf, stuffed wildlife, and a diorama celebrating Geor

Georgia State University

Once a commuter school with little character, Georgia State has become a more complete university with new dorms and a strong commitmen

Herndon Home

Although born a slave, Alonzo Herndon was a barbershop mogul and the richest black man in Atlanta by the beginning of the 20th century.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

A 2,965-acre park and museum on the site of the 1864 Civil War Campaign for Atlanta.

KFC (The Big Chicken)

It's kind of poetic that one of the most famous landmarks in Marietta — arguably the most stereotypically "suburban" of metro Atlanta's

Krog Street Tunnel

If Atlanta was known for a tunnel, this would be it. The constantly changing mesh of street art and pedestrians is almost a living embo

Marietta National Cemetery

Located on 23 acres, the national cemetery was established in 1866 to provide a resting place for more than 10,000 Union soldiers kille

Marietta Square

Most tourists visit the square for its well-stocked antique shops, but there are some unique stores here that can’t be found elsewhere.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

This strip of destinations along Auburn Avenue provides a variety of ways to learn about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and leg

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Atlanta's newest museum near the World of Coca-Cola is designed to pay tribute to men and women who have fought for equality and justic

Oakland Cemetery

Atlanta's most historic and picturesque cemetery contains the bones of Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones, enslaved individuals, and nearly

Oglethorpe University

The small liberal arts college is graced with a beautiful campus of granite and concrete neo-gothic buildings. The school was founded i

Stankonia Studios

From the outside, the industrial complex and former home of Bobby Brown's Bosstown Recording Studios on Antone Street doesn't look like

Starlight Drive-In Theatre

Open since 1949, Starlight Drive-In nearly always guarantees a joyous communal experience, no matter whom you’re with, what snacks you’

Stone Mountain Park

The world's largest mass of exposed granite is the centerpiece of this park, which features golf courses, hiking trails, camping, swimm

Turner Field

The Ted's more impressive, architecturally speaking, than the old home of the Braves, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, a piece of which n

Underground Atlanta

The nearly 12 acre-complex featuring historic renovated storefronts and cobblestone streets opened in 1969, billing itself as a "city u

The Varsity

Atlanta's iconic drive-in restaurant since 1928. The menu includes hot dogs, burgers, chili, fries, and the famous Frosted Orange. Cust

Waffle House Museum

You heard right, we said, "Waffle House Museum." In 1955, neighbors Joe Roger Sr. and Tom Forkner embarked on a plan to smother and cov

Westview Cemetery

By far the city's largest, this sprawling cemetery dates back to 1884 and contains tombs for such notables as Joel Chandler Harris, Hen

World of Coca-Cola

The new soda-pop museum, next to Centennial Olympic Park, is slicker than the old one — but still basically a big interactive commercia

Wren's Nest

The home of Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus tales, has recently undergone a revival shepherded by a descendant of the p

Zoo Atlanta

The zoo houses more than 1,000 animals, including elephants, Sumatran tigers, black rhinos, zebras, and Chantek, the first orangutan to