Tours and shopping, anyone?

October 1, 2008

Read about tours and shopping in Atlanta before heading to the joint meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the European Society of Ophthalmology Nov. 8 to 11.

Forget the car and high gas prices. Take to the air in a helicopter tour or move your feet during a tour of the Georgia Dome. You even can bike around famous Atlanta sites. If you're not interested in the scenery, you always can shop at one of the unique stores or malls the city has to offer.

Air Atlanta Helicopter Tours
770/458-7771
http://www.airatlantahelicopters.com/
This helicopter tour company offers sightseeing tours starting at $35 per person.

Atlanta History Center
404/814-4000
http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/
Begin your day in Buckhead, an upscale community just north of downtown, at the Atlanta History Center with the exhibition "Turning Point: The American Civil War." It is one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive exhibitions about the Civil War.

Atlanta Preservation Center
404/688-3353
http://preserveatlanta.com/
Participate in guided walking tours of neighborhoods such as Ansley Park, a sprawling residential district developed in 1904; Druid Hills, the site of the home in the movie "Driving Miss Daisy;" Grant Park, with restored Victorian homes and Zoo Atlanta; Inman Park, one of Atlanta's first garden suburbs; historic downtown; the Fox Theatre, one of a few remaining movie palaces of the 1920s; and Sweet Auburn/Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District.

Atlanta Trolley Tour Line
678/916-1303
http://www.atlantatrolleytourline.com/
Ride on a vintage-style trolley for an insider's tour of Atlanta with on-and-off stops.

Bicycle Tours of Atlanta
404/273-2558
http://www.biketoursatl.com/
See the famous city sites via a bicycle tour. Guided group tours and private and corporate events are available.

City Segway Tours
877/734-8687
http://www.parissegwaytours.com/atlanta
Cruise through downtown Atlanta while receiving an orientation of the city (historical and current-day information) as well as unique stories from your guide. A ghost tour also is available.

Georgia Dome Tours
404/223-8687
http://www.gadome.com/
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the largest cable-supported domed stadium in the world. Tour the Georgia Dome, home of the Atlanta Falcons and site of two Super Bowls, the SEC Football Championship, the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, the 2002 NCAA Men's Final Four, and the 2003 Women's Final Four.

Historic Oakland Cemetery http://www.oaklandcemetery.com/
Less than a mile from the center of downtown Atlanta, a secret sanctuary welcomes you. This garden cemetery, founded in 1850, is the final resting place of many of Atlanta's settlers, builders, and famed citizens such as Margaret Mitchell and Maynard Jackson.

Inside CNN Atlanta
404/827-2300
http://www.cnn.com/tour/atlanta
Tour behind-the-scenes at CNN's global headquarters. Advance reservations are recommended.