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Why Locals Should Take a Tour in Their Own City

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There are one million and one reasons to take a tour in your own city. Even as guides, we still discover new things about Atlanta all the time. And while other states and countries continue to wade through the uncertain waters of this pandemic, our own city reopening means that we have a unique opportunity to check out our own backyard without the tourist crowds. If you need more convincing, read on, but if there is someplace you’ve been meaning to see, but just haven’t gotten around to then get in touch. We would be happy to help you fulfill a local bucket-list trip and we have the transport options to ensure it is safe, secure, and stress-free.


Returning Safely

We all miss the opportunity to travel but it is important to focus on the opportunities rather than limitations that local options provide. If you’re lucky enough to call Atlanta home then we can almost guarantee that there is something this city has to offer that you haven’t seen or experienced yet. Get yourself into that travel mood and we will help you ease any anxieties. For the moment, we are keeping our tours as well as our transportation services private. This means you can rest assured that you and your friends or family aren’t jumping into anything risky. So what is there to see?


History & Heritage

As always, but now more than ever, understanding the history and heritage of your community is crucial. Being the home to Dr. King and the civil rights movement means that there is plenty to learn about today from the past. We’ve been running our Black History & Civil Rights Tour successfully for a while now and love being able to share Atlanta’s rich Black history. Understanding the work and achievements of past reformers like Dr. King provides all of us with an immense knowledge-base to be more informed in today’s Black Lives Matter movement. Atlanta has been providing the platform for justice for some time, but did you know that we are one of only two cities in the world that is the home of two Nobel Peace Prize winners? There’s always more to learn!


The Sites

There is a reason so many people flock to Atlanta each year and we think that now is the best time for locals to see what all the fuss is about. ATL is home to the world’s largest drive-in restaurant – The Varsity – also one of the stops on our city tours. If you’re not too keen to jump back into the world with both feet a drive-in restaurant is a perfect place to start. It’s been running since the 1920s and it serves the most Coca Cola by volume in the whole world! As the home of Coca Cola, that is something that only an Atlantan can be proud of. The World of Coca Cola is another tourist attraction that a lot of locals miss out on. As soon as it reopens, be sure to take a tour before and take advantage of having the whole place to yourself before the tourists are allowed back! Do you need more world-firsts? Because we’ve got them.


Another unique spot is the Center for Puppetry Arts – one of the only museums in the world dedicated to puppets. It’s something different to discover that is not only perfect for the kids but also for the kids at heart. And if you’re feeling adventurous and looking to head outside the perimeter (or OTP as the locals know it) of Atlanta, check out the largest block of exposed granite in the world: Stone Mountain! We run private Stone Mountain tours that are the perfect option for any size group, to take a trip to a timeless Atlanta favorite.


More to Discover

If heading outside the city limits sounds enticing, taking a driving tour of the city’s 70 or more streets named some variation of Peachtree might be for you. Luckily we are locals too, so knowing the city like the back of our hands helps us to navigate when the GPS gets a little confused. Branch out and visit one of the largest Hindu temples outside of India, just ten miles OTP: the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta. Along the way, indulge in some retail therapy at Buckhead (named after a 19th-century store owner’s mounted deer head) one of the stops on our shopping tour! We can also pass by the Georgia State Capitol building with its radiant golden dome layered with 43 ounces of locally mined gold! If you’d like, we can chat about the history that has created Atlanta today or just admire the glitz of it all.


There is so much to discover in Atlanta, even if you’ve lived in this city your entire life! Before we can travel beyond the Peach State, why not explore something new that is just around the corner? If you’re looking to book a tour or check out our transport options, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! Now more than ever, you deserve to treat yourself.


– your Roundabout Atlanta team
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