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Atlanta tours

Walking tours

The Atlanta Preservation Center offers guided walking tours through the historic and architecturally interesting older districts. Options include: Ansley Park, Sweet Auburn/Martin Luther King Jr District, Historic Downtown, Grant Park, Frederick Law Olmsted's Druid Hills, Inman Park, the LP Grant Mansion and Ponce de Leon Corridor.

Tel: +1 404 688 3353.
Website: http://www.atlantapreservationcenter.com

Atlanta Movie Tours

Atlanta has been dubbed the Hollywood of the South thanks to its burgeoning movie and television industry. Catch some of the sites that have played host to movies such as theHunger Gamesfranchise and TV shows such asThe Walking Dead.

Tel: +1 855 255 3456.
Website: http://atlantamovietours.com

Atlanta excursions

Stone Mountain Park

A huge theme park beneath a gigantic granite monolith, this place contains a resort hotel, historic inn and campsite, plus a whole host of attractions. You can soar to the summit on a cable car, slide down a winter tubing hill, ride a scenic railroad or play a round of golf. The park is 30km (19 miles) northeast of Atlanta.

Tel: +1 800 401 2407.
Website: http://www.stonemountainpark.com

Dahlonega

This historic old mining town with charming shops, water wheels and a Gold Museum is the site of the first gold rush and Georgia's entry to the Appalachians. The southern tip of the long-distance Appalachian Trail lies just east of town. Dahlonega is about an hour's drive north of Atlanta.

Tel: +1 706 864 3711.
Website: http://www.dahlonega.org
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Westin Peachtree Plaza

This 73-storey, glass cylinder skyscraper hotel defines Atlanta's skyline. A five-storey lobby atrium and a thin glass elevator that inches up the building's exterior are just as sleek. Pie-shaped rooms are outfitted in natural hues and dark woods. On the 73rd floor is the multi-levelled, revolving Sun Dial Restaurant and Bar.

The Ellis

In a landmark building on Peachtree Street, this chic boutique hotel has elegant rooms and is a short walk from top attractions such as the CNN Studio Tours. Unique features include a private-access women's only floor, whose rooms come with luxury Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Enjoy organic farm-to-table dining at the Terrace Bistro.

Glenn Hotel

The Glenn's selling points are its proximity to downtown Atlanta's main attractions and Luckie Marietta District and the panoramic view from its SkyLounge rooftop bar. This stylish boutique hotel downtown has sleek, modern rooms and suites. The Glenn Kitchen restaurant serves local Southern favourites.

Georgian Terrace Hotel

A part of Atlanta's history, the hotel's Grand Ballroom hostedGone With The Wind's movie premiere gala in 1939. Now, a tall glass atrium rises above the lobby where author Margaret Mitchell, in 1935, hesitantly handed over her original manuscript to her future editor. The hotel's terrace is a good spot for a cocktail overlooking the historic Fox Theatre.

Four Seasons Atlanta

A grand staircase in the soaring lobby underscores the opulence of this luxurious property that occupies part of a 50-storey skyscraper. This hotel has all the trappings of luxury: formal but elegantly appointed rooms, a spa with 10 treatment rooms, an indoor saline lap pool, a top-of-the-range fitness centre and a lounge and terrace overlooking the lobby's dramatic atrium.

Hampton Inn Atlanta Northlake

Located in the northern business district near the I-285, known as 'The Perimeter' to Atlantans, the hotel is easily accessible via the city's main highways. Friendly staff, the large open lobby and breakfast bar area, plus oversized rooms and a sizeable outdoor pool make it a popular low-budget stop.