Atlanta’s Black History and Civil Rights Tour is a top excursion for travelers

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  • Published on February 9, 2024
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Some of the stops along the four-hour journey include Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthplace and the original Madea house from Tyler Perry’s classic film.

Atlanta has long been a thriving center of Black culture in America, contributing to everything from the civil rights movement to popular culture. It’s no wonder why the Atlanta Black History and Civil Rights Tour has received such favorable reviews from guests, making it one of the best U.S. experiences in 2023 according to travel website Viator.

The Atlanta Olympic Cauldron Tower is the first stop on the Atlanta Black History and Civil Rights Tour. (Credit: Marcus E Jones/Shutterstock)

Before arriving at the Atlanta Olympic Cauldron Tower for the first stop on the four-hour tour, the air-conditioned van passes by significant sites (including the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Underground Atlanta, and the Georgia State Capitol). In this section, the guide provides information about the 1996 Summer Olympics.

After that, you’ll have the chance to snap photos in front of Madea’s actual house at Tyler Perry Studios. If you’re a fan of movies, you know that Perry’s portrayal of Mabel “Madea” Earlene Simmons is one of the most recognizable roles in the history of comedy.

The tour then takes the tourists past the Atlanta University Center, the Black Madonna Shrine, and several historic Atlanta neighborhoods, including Castleberry Hill and Sweet Auburn. (The latter was one of the first and foremost prosperous Black neighborhoods, notes Travel + Leisure.) Visitors will discover murals and Black-owned businesses featured in various films throughout the journey.

Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was baptized, is located in Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park. (Credit: EWY Media Shutterstock)

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park is also a stop on the tour, where guests can visit for 30 minutes. The park features the civil rights activist’s birthplace; Ebenezer Baptist Church, the location of his baptism; and the MLK Jr. World Peace Rose Garden, a component of the International World Peace Rose Gardens program.

Birth home of Martin Luther King, Jr., located in Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. (Credit: alisafarov Shutterstock)

Behind that, visitors proceed through the Edgewood Avenue Southeast neighborhood, home to several well-known bars and a ton of street art, before arriving at The Municipal Market for an optional lunch stop. This market is referred to as “Atlanta’s historic gem” by the tour organization; it is home to independent and family-owned vendors offering soul food, West African and Asian cuisine, barbecue, and other foods.

The small group tour, operated by Roundabout Atlanta Tours and Transportation, has a maximum of 12 participants to ensure a more personal journey with the chance for questions and more in-depth comprehension. It departs from the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on Thursdays through Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Travel + Leisure quotes one recent traveler as saying, “The tour guide was very good on historical knowledge and kept us informed and amused throughout the trip,” in addition to saying it “was emotional to [visit the] Martin Luther King [sites], seeing his birthplace and tomb.”

After analyzing hundreds of tours on Viator over a year, the business found that the Atlanta Black History tour had the highest average review rating, the highest percentage of bookings that included a review, and the most total bookings. Top 20 U.S. tours include the Charleston Hidden Alleyways and Historic Sites Small-Group Walking Tour, the Arlington National Cemetery Tour with Changing of the Guards, and the Freedom Trail: Small Group Tour of Revolutionary Boston.

Evie Blanco is a journalist with nearly a decade of experience born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Queens, New York. She is extremely well-versed in hip-hop music and culture and is always aware of its developments. Whether it’s the latest in pop culture, a fascinating foreign destination, a truly amazing new restaurant, or breaking news, she loves to write about it all. Evie can be reached at evieblanco@detourxp.com.

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