Aside from leaving my bags at the hotel, the first thing I like to do when I get to a new place is to go for a trolley tour to explore everything the location has to offer. This sort of tour allows you to learn some history, and get yourself fully acquainted with the place.
After a lot of traveling, I learned that this is a foolproof way to see all of the highlights of a city in a day. To make the experience even better, ask a lot of questions and know where you want to focus your exploration time.
The first time we did this sort of trolley, hop on and hop off tour was a few years ago when we were in Boston. Since then I do all I can to go on one of these tours wherever we go. I prefer to do the hop on, hop off option because it allows you to enjoy the different attractions and get back on.
So take my advice and take one of these next time you travel, it will totally change your time at your new destination.
Our trip to Atlanta wasn’t an exception. In this case I chose Peachtree Trolley Tours. They are a recent addition to the city. Their 90 minute tour gives an in-depth knowledge about the city.
Learning all About Attractions in Atlanta With PeachTree Trolley Tours
The day we did the tour there was a cold front so it was great to be able to explore the city from inside of a warm trolley. Plus, because of the cold, we ended up being the only ones on the tour. Everyone must have stayed at the hotel. This made it an even better experience.
One thing that I liked a lot was that our guide and the driver looked like they were enjoying the tour as much as we were.
The tours at Downtown Atlanta and it goes through all of the major attractions. This includes the Braves Stadium, where the Olympic Torch was carried to in 1996, Building Art and the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center (it is open to the public and it’s totally free). You also get to learn tons about this city during the tour.
History and Facts About Atlanta
• Atlanta exists due to the decision of creating a railroad to the U.S. Midwest in 1836.
• The stake marking the founding of “Terminus” was driven into the ground in 1837 (called the Zero Mile Post).
• In 1839 the first homes and a store were built.
• Four lines coming from different directions were built between 1845 and 1854.
• Atlanta was a target of major union campaign during the Civil War.
• Union General Sherman’s troops set on fire to the city in 1864.
• Atlanta is the only city that was entirely burned down during a war and then rebuilt
• It is the birth place of Coca-Cola
• Electric streetcars arrived in 1889, that’s how the “streetcar suburbs” were created.
• The city’s elite black colleges were founded between 1865 and 1885.
• During the early 20th century, Auburn Avenue was called “the most prosperous Negro street in the nation”.
• By 1950s black people finally moved into the city neighborhoods after being kept out.
• Desegregation occurred in stages over the 1960s.
• The city’s first black mayor was elected in 1973.
• Most of the MARTA rapid transit system was built between the mid-70s and mid-80s.
• The city lost 21% of its population between 1970 and 1990.
• In 1996 Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympics.
• New facilities and infrastructure were built to be able to host the Olympics.
• Atlanta was a major center for the Civil Rights Movement.
• It was also home to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
• Its original name was Terminus. It was changed to Marthasville and finally got its current name from railroad engineer J. Edgar Thompson.
• The city has 55 streets with the name “Peachtree”
• The city’s symbol is a phoenix. It represents being the only city in North American destroyed as an act of war.
• Atlanta is Georgia’s fifth capital.
• One of the largest Hindu temples outside of India is located in the Atlanta metro area.
Information About Peachtree Trolley Tours
Address: The Peachtree Trolley Co. 131 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Tues – Sat: 10:30am & 1pm
Sunday: 1pm & 3pm
• Adult $30
• Senior (Age 55+) $28
• Student (College ID required) $28
• Child (Age 4-12) $15
• Child (3 and under) FREE
• Group (10 or more paid together) $25
• Georgia Aquarium
• World of Coca-Cola
• Centennial Olympic Park
• CNN Center
• The Braves Clubhouse Store
• Turner Field Tours
• The King Center
• The Woodruff Arts Center
• Georgia State Capital
• The Fabulous Fox Theatre
• Underground Atlanta
• Oakland Cemetery
• And so much more