What is the first thing you must do when in a new place? Aside from the obvious of getting settled into your hotel room. Get on a Trolley Tour and get a taste of what the location has to offer, learn some history, and get yourself full acquainted with the place.
This is practically a full-proof way to make sure you see the highlights, ask all the right questions to the guide and know where you want to focus your exploration time.
We got hooked on taking trolleys and hop on, hop off tours from our time in Boston. Since then we have done it whenever possible. Yes, I prefer to do the Atlanta hop on hop off service, this way you can enjoy the different attractions and get back on. But some cities don’t offer that service, and that’s fine.
But no matter what, and take my advice on this really seriously, take a trolley tour it will totally change your time at your new destination.
This is exactly what we did when we arrived to Atlanta. Peachtree Trolley Tours is a new addition to Atlanta. Before them nothing like it existed. But now I am telling you, this needs to be the first thing on your agenda. 90 minutes with them will not only orient you, but give you depth and knowledge about the city you are visiting.
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Atlanta PeachTree Trolley Tour
The day we took our tour, we were actually really lucky. For one, it was an insane cold front, so being on a warm trolley was awesome. Plus, due to the cold, most people decided not to leave their homes and hotel rooms, and we were the only ones on the tour. Making it a VIP experience.
Our guides, the driver and Sally, were really knowledgeable and seemed to be enjoying the tour as much as we were.
We started off in Downtown Atlanta, passing all the major attractions and then heading out further to see the Braves Stadium.
To see where the Olympics Torch was carried to
But most importantly, Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center – this place is open to the public, and it’s totally free
You can see his birthplace
And his memorial where he is buried.
And so much more…
But the best part of the tour for us really was all the information we learned about this great city.
History and Facts About Atlanta
- The history of Atlanta dates back to 1836, when Georgia decided to build a railroad to the U.S. midwest and a location was chosen to be the line’s terminus.
- 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.
- Between 1845 and 1854 rail lines arrived from four different directions.
- During the American Civil War Atlanta became the target of a major Union campaign.
- In 1864 Union General Sherman’s troops set on fire and destroyed the city’s assets and buildings.
- Atlanta is the only city that was entirely burned down during a war and then rebuilt
- Coca-Cola was launched here in 1886.
- Electric streetcars arrived in 1889, and the city added new “streetcar suburbs”.
- The city’s elite black colleges were founded between 1865 and 1885.
- By the early 20th century, “Sweet” Auburn Avenue was called “the most prosperous Negro street in the nation”.
- In the 1950s blacks started moving into city neighborhoods that had previously kept them out.
- Desegregation occurred in stages over the 1960s. Slums were razed and the new Atlanta Housing Authority built public housing projects.
- In 1973 the city elected its first black mayor, Maynard Jackson.
- From the mid-70s to mid-80s most of the MARTA rapid transit system was built.
- The city lost 21% of its population between 1970 and 1990.
- In 1996 Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympics, for which new facilities and infrastructure were built.
Fun Facts About Atlanta
- Atlanta was home to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a major center for the Civil Rights Movement.
- Atlanta was originally named Terminus and Marthasville and got its current name from railroad engineer J. Edgar Thompson. It’s thought to be a shortened version of “Atlantica-Pacifica.”
- There are over 55 streets with the name “Peachtree”
- Atlanta was the only city in North American destroyed as an act of war. That’s why the city’s symbol is a phoenix.
- Atlanta is Georgia’s fifth capital. Savannah, Augusta, Louisville, and Milledgeville had the title before.
- 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
- Monday: Closed
- 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