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5 free things to do on your next trip to Atlanta

  • FILE- In this Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, a couple walks along the Atlanta BeltLine as the midtown skyline stands in the background in Atlanta. The Atlanta BeltLine is an urban redevelopment project that aims to turn an old 22-mile railroad corridor that rings the city’s in-town neighborhoods into a network of trails, parks, affordable housing and, eventually, transit. So far, only the 2.2-mile Eastside Trail has opened, with skyline views and regularly changing public art installations providing added scenery for those who walk, bike and jog along the path. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    FILE- In this Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, a couple walks along the Atlanta BeltLine as the midtown skyline stands in the background in Atlanta. The Atlanta BeltLine is an urban redevelopment project that aims to turn an old 22-mile railroad corridor that rings the city’s in-town neighborhoods into a network of trails, parks, affordable housing and, eventually, transit. So far, only the 2.2-mile Eastside Trail has opened, with skyline views and regularly changing public art installations providing added scenery for those who walk, bike and jog along the path. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

  • FILE- In this Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, a couple walks along the Atlanta BeltLine as the midtown skyline stands in the background in Atlanta. The Atlanta BeltLine is an urban redevelopment project that aims to turn an old 22-mile railroad corridor that rings the city’s in-town neighborhoods into a network of trails, parks, affordable housing and, eventually, transit. So far, only the 2.2-mile Eastside Trail has opened, with skyline views and regularly changing public art installations providing added scenery for those who walk, bike and jog along the path. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    FILE- In this Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, a couple walks along the Atlanta BeltLine as the midtown skyline stands in the background in Atlanta. The Atlanta BeltLine is an urban redevelopment project that aims to turn an old 22-mile railroad corridor that rings the city’s in-town neighborhoods into a network of trails, parks, affordable housing and, eventually, transit. So far, only the 2.2-mile Eastside Trail has opened, with skyline views and regularly changing public art installations providing added scenery for those who walk, bike and jog along the path. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

  • FILE - In this June 8, 2012 file photo, tourists visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached in Atlanta. Visitors can walk through Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father both served as pastors. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    FILE - In this June 8, 2012 file photo, tourists visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached in Atlanta. Visitors can walk through Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father both served as pastors. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

  • FILE - In this June 8, 2012 file photo, tourists visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached in Atlanta. Visitors can walk through Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father both served as pastors. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    FILE - In this June 8, 2012 file photo, tourists visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached in Atlanta. Visitors can walk through Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father both served as pastors. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

  • FILE - In this March 25, 2012, file photo, a couple enjoy a sunny afternoon against the backdrop of the Midtown skyline from Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Like New York’s Central Park, the nearly 200-acre green space in Midtown gives Atlanta residents and visitors a tranquil setting to picnic, play games, walk their dogs and relax in the meadow or along the shores of Lake Clara Meer. The park also plays host to major city events. The annual 10-kilometer Fourth of July Peachtree Road Race ends there and the Dogwood Festival and Music Midtown festival are held there. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    FILE - In this March 25, 2012, file photo, a couple enjoy a sunny afternoon against the backdrop of the Midtown skyline from Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Like New York’s Central Park, the nearly 200-acre green space in Midtown gives Atlanta residents and visitors a tranquil setting to picnic, play games, walk their dogs and relax in the meadow or along the shores of Lake Clara Meer. The park also plays host to major city events. The annual 10-kilometer Fourth of July Peachtree Road Race ends there and the Dogwood Festival and Music Midtown festival are held there. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

  • FILE - In this March 25, 2012, file photo, a couple enjoy a sunny afternoon against the backdrop of the Midtown skyline from Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Like New York’s Central Park, the nearly 200-acre green space in Midtown gives Atlanta residents and visitors a tranquil setting to picnic, play games, walk their dogs and relax in the meadow or along the shores of Lake Clara Meer. The park also plays host to major city events. The annual 10-kilometer Fourth of July Peachtree Road Race ends there and the Dogwood Festival and Music Midtown festival are held there. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    FILE - In this March 25, 2012, file photo, a couple enjoy a sunny afternoon against the backdrop of the Midtown skyline from Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Like New York’s Central Park, the nearly 200-acre green space in Midtown gives Atlanta residents and visitors a tranquil setting to picnic, play games, walk their dogs and relax in the meadow or along the shores of Lake Clara Meer. The park also plays host to major city events. The annual 10-kilometer Fourth of July Peachtree Road Race ends there and the Dogwood Festival and Music Midtown festival are held there. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

  • FILE- In this Oct. 14, 2013 file photo, a jogger runs around a trail in Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Like New York’s Central Park, the nearly 200-acre green space in Midtown gives Atlanta residents and visitors a tranquil setting to picnic, play games, walk their dogs and relax in the meadow or along the shores of Lake Clara Meer. The park also plays host to major city events. The annual 10-kilometer Fourth of July Peachtree Road Race ends there and the Dogwood Festival and Music Midtown festival are held there. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    FILE- In this Oct. 14, 2013 file photo, a jogger runs around a trail in Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Like New York’s Central Park, the nearly 200-acre green space in Midtown gives Atlanta residents and visitors a tranquil setting to picnic, play games, walk their dogs and relax in the meadow or along the shores of Lake Clara Meer. The park also plays host to major city events. The annual 10-kilometer Fourth of July Peachtree Road Race ends there and the Dogwood Festival and Music Midtown festival are held there. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

  • FILE- In this Oct. 14, 2013 file photo, a jogger runs around a trail in Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Like New York’s Central Park, the nearly 200-acre green space in Midtown gives Atlanta residents and visitors a tranquil setting to picnic, play games, walk their dogs and relax in the meadow or along the shores of Lake Clara Meer. The park also plays host to major city events. The annual 10-kilometer Fourth of July Peachtree Road Race ends there and the Dogwood Festival and Music Midtown festival are held there. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    FILE- In this Oct. 14, 2013 file photo, a jogger runs around a trail in Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Like New York’s Central Park, the nearly 200-acre green space in Midtown gives Atlanta residents and visitors a tranquil setting to picnic, play games, walk their dogs and relax in the meadow or along the shores of Lake Clara Meer. The park also plays host to major city events. The annual 10-kilometer Fourth of July Peachtree Road Race ends there and the Dogwood Festival and Music Midtown festival are held there. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

  • This photo taken Dec. 20, 2013 shows shoppers passing through the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Atlanta. Originally known as the Municipal Market, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market is now an urban farmer’s market that provides a lively atmosphere for browsing and grabbing lunch. Stalls run by butchers feature pigs' ears and feet, oxtails and many other animal parts and cuts of meat stacked neatly in trays behind glass. Produce vendors offer heaping stacks of collard greens, turnips and other seasonal produce. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    This photo taken Dec. 20, 2013 shows shoppers passing through the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Atlanta. Originally known as the Municipal Market, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market is now an urban farmer’s market that provides a lively atmosphere for browsing and grabbing lunch. Stalls run by butchers feature pigs' ears and feet, oxtails and many other animal parts and cuts of meat stacked neatly in trays behind glass. Produce vendors offer heaping stacks of collard greens, turnips and other seasonal produce. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • This photo taken Dec. 20, 2013 shows shoppers passing through the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Atlanta. Originally known as the Municipal Market, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market is now an urban farmer’s market that provides a lively atmosphere for browsing and grabbing lunch. Stalls run by butchers feature pigs' ears and feet, oxtails and many other animal parts and cuts of meat stacked neatly in trays behind glass. Produce vendors offer heaping stacks of collard greens, turnips and other seasonal produce. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    This photo taken Dec. 20, 2013 shows shoppers passing through the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Atlanta. Originally known as the Municipal Market, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market is now an urban farmer’s market that provides a lively atmosphere for browsing and grabbing lunch. Stalls run by butchers feature pigs' ears and feet, oxtails and many other animal parts and cuts of meat stacked neatly in trays behind glass. Produce vendors offer heaping stacks of collard greens, turnips and other seasonal produce. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • This Dec. 20, 2013 photo shows the grave of “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell in historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Some of the most famous residents are Mitchell and golf legend Bobby Jones, as well as rows and rows of Confederate soldiers. You can do a self-guided tour at any time, or guided overview tours and special topic twilight tours are available every weekend between mid-March and mid-October. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    This Dec. 20, 2013 photo shows the grave of “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell in historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Some of the most famous residents are Mitchell and golf legend Bobby Jones, as well as rows and rows of Confederate soldiers. You can do a self-guided tour at any time, or guided overview tours and special topic twilight tours are available every weekend between mid-March and mid-October. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • This Dec. 20, 2013 photo shows the grave of “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell in historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Some of the most famous residents are Mitchell and golf legend Bobby Jones, as well as rows and rows of Confederate soldiers. You can do a self-guided tour at any time, or guided overview tours and special topic twilight tours are available every weekend between mid-March and mid-October. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    This Dec. 20, 2013 photo shows the grave of “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell in historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Some of the most famous residents are Mitchell and golf legend Bobby Jones, as well as rows and rows of Confederate soldiers. You can do a self-guided tour at any time, or guided overview tours and special topic twilight tours are available every weekend between mid-March and mid-October. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • This photo taken Dec. 20, 2013 shows the entrance to the historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Some of the most famous residents are Margaret Mitchell and golf legend Bobby Jones, as well as rows and rows of Confederate soldiers. You can do a self-guided tour at any time, or guided overview tours and special topic twilight tours are available every weekend between mid-March and mid-October. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    This photo taken Dec. 20, 2013 shows the entrance to the historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Some of the most famous residents are Margaret Mitchell and golf legend Bobby Jones, as well as rows and rows of Confederate soldiers. You can do a self-guided tour at any time, or guided overview tours and special topic twilight tours are available every weekend between mid-March and mid-October. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • This photo taken Dec. 20, 2013 shows the entrance to the historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Some of the most famous residents are Margaret Mitchell and golf legend Bobby Jones, as well as rows and rows of Confederate soldiers. You can do a self-guided tour at any time, or guided overview tours and special topic twilight tours are available every weekend between mid-March and mid-October. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    This photo taken Dec. 20, 2013 shows the entrance to the historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Some of the most famous residents are Margaret Mitchell and golf legend Bobby Jones, as well as rows and rows of Confederate soldiers. You can do a self-guided tour at any time, or guided overview tours and special topic twilight tours are available every weekend between mid-March and mid-October. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • FILE- In this June 7, 2012 file photo, a visitor looks on at the crypt of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta, along Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. The crypts of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, sit in the middle of a reflecting pool outside The King Center. A few steps away, visitors can walk through Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father served as pastors. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    FILE- In this June 7, 2012 file photo, a visitor looks on at the crypt of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta, along Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. The crypts of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, sit in the middle of a reflecting pool outside The King Center. A few steps away, visitors can walk through Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father served as pastors. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

  • FILE- In this June 7, 2012 file photo, a visitor looks on at the crypt of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta, along Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. The crypts of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, sit in the middle of a reflecting pool outside The King Center. A few steps away, visitors can walk through Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father served as pastors. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    FILE- In this June 7, 2012 file photo, a visitor looks on at the crypt of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta, along Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. The crypts of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, sit in the middle of a reflecting pool outside The King Center. A few steps away, visitors can walk through Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father served as pastors. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

  • This Dec. 20, 2013 photo shows the home where Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was born in the historic Sweet Auburn historic district in Atlanta. The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site, operated by the National Park Service, offers free tours of King's birth home. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    This Dec. 20, 2013 photo shows the home where Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was born in the historic Sweet Auburn historic district in Atlanta. The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site, operated by the National Park Service, offers free tours of King's birth home. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • This Dec. 20, 2013 photo shows the home where Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was born in the historic Sweet Auburn historic district in Atlanta. The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site, operated by the National Park Service, offers free tours of King's birth home. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    This Dec. 20, 2013 photo shows the home where Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was born in the historic Sweet Auburn historic district in Atlanta. The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site, operated by the National Park Service, offers free tours of King's birth home. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • FILE- In this Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, a couple walks along the Atlanta BeltLine as the midtown skyline stands in the background in Atlanta. The Atlanta BeltLine is an urban redevelopment project that aims to turn an old 22-mile railroad corridor that rings the city’s in-town neighborhoods into a network of trails, parks, affordable housing and, eventually, transit. So far, only the 2.2-mile Eastside Trail has opened, with skyline views and regularly changing public art installations providing added scenery for those who walk, bike and jog along the path. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
  • FILE- In this Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, a couple walks along the Atlanta BeltLine as the midtown skyline stands in the background in Atlanta. The Atlanta BeltLine is an urban redevelopment project that aims to turn an old 22-mile railroad corridor that rings the city’s in-town neighborhoods into a network of trails, parks, affordable housing and, eventually, transit. So far, only the 2.2-mile Eastside Trail has opened, with skyline views and regularly changing public art installations providing added scenery for those who walk, bike and jog along the path. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
  • FILE - In this June 8, 2012 file photo, tourists visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached in Atlanta. Visitors can walk through Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father both served as pastors. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
  • FILE - In this June 8, 2012 file photo, tourists visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached in Atlanta. Visitors can walk through Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father both served as pastors. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
  • FILE - In this March 25, 2012, file photo, a couple enjoy a sunny afternoon against the backdrop of the Midtown skyline from Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Like New York’s Central Park, the nearly 200-acre green space in Midtown gives Atlanta residents and visitors a tranquil setting to picnic, play games, walk their dogs and relax in the meadow or along the shores of Lake Clara Meer. The park also plays host to major city events. The annual 10-kilometer Fourth of July Peachtree Road Race ends there and the Dogwood Festival and Music Midtown festival are held there. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
  • FILE - In this March 25, 2012, file photo, a couple enjoy a sunny afternoon against the backdrop of the Midtown skyline from Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Like New York’s Central Park, the nearly 200-acre green space in Midtown gives Atlanta residents and visitors a tranquil setting to picnic, play games, walk their dogs and relax in the meadow or along the shores of Lake Clara Meer. The park also plays host to major city events. The annual 10-kilometer Fourth of July Peachtree Road Race ends there and the Dogwood Festival and Music Midtown festival are held there. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
  • FILE- In this Oct. 14, 2013 file photo, a jogger runs around a trail in Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Like New York’s Central Park, the nearly 200-acre green space in Midtown gives Atlanta residents and visitors a tranquil setting to picnic, play games, walk their dogs and relax in the meadow or along the shores of Lake Clara Meer. The park also plays host to major city events. The annual 10-kilometer Fourth of July Peachtree Road Race ends there and the Dogwood Festival and Music Midtown festival are held there. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
  • FILE- In this Oct. 14, 2013 file photo, a jogger runs around a trail in Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Like New York’s Central Park, the nearly 200-acre green space in Midtown gives Atlanta residents and visitors a tranquil setting to picnic, play games, walk their dogs and relax in the meadow or along the shores of Lake Clara Meer. The park also plays host to major city events. The annual 10-kilometer Fourth of July Peachtree Road Race ends there and the Dogwood Festival and Music Midtown festival are held there. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
  • This photo taken Dec. 20, 2013 shows shoppers passing through the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Atlanta. Originally known as the Municipal Market, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market is now an urban farmer’s market that provides a lively atmosphere for browsing and grabbing lunch. Stalls run by butchers feature pigs' ears and feet, oxtails and many other animal parts and cuts of meat stacked neatly in trays behind glass. Produce vendors offer heaping stacks of collard greens, turnips and other seasonal produce. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • This photo taken Dec. 20, 2013 shows shoppers passing through the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Atlanta. Originally known as the Municipal Market, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market is now an urban farmer’s market that provides a lively atmosphere for browsing and grabbing lunch. Stalls run by butchers feature pigs' ears and feet, oxtails and many other animal parts and cuts of meat stacked neatly in trays behind glass. Produce vendors offer heaping stacks of collard greens, turnips and other seasonal produce. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • This Dec. 20, 2013 photo shows the grave of “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell in historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Some of the most famous residents are Mitchell and golf legend Bobby Jones, as well as rows and rows of Confederate soldiers. You can do a self-guided tour at any time, or guided overview tours and special topic twilight tours are available every weekend between mid-March and mid-October. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • This Dec. 20, 2013 photo shows the grave of “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell in historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Some of the most famous residents are Mitchell and golf legend Bobby Jones, as well as rows and rows of Confederate soldiers. You can do a self-guided tour at any time, or guided overview tours and special topic twilight tours are available every weekend between mid-March and mid-October. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • This photo taken Dec. 20, 2013 shows the entrance to the historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Some of the most famous residents are Margaret Mitchell and golf legend Bobby Jones, as well as rows and rows of Confederate soldiers. You can do a self-guided tour at any time, or guided overview tours and special topic twilight tours are available every weekend between mid-March and mid-October. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • This photo taken Dec. 20, 2013 shows the entrance to the historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Some of the most famous residents are Margaret Mitchell and golf legend Bobby Jones, as well as rows and rows of Confederate soldiers. You can do a self-guided tour at any time, or guided overview tours and special topic twilight tours are available every weekend between mid-March and mid-October. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • FILE- In this June 7, 2012 file photo, a visitor looks on at the crypt of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta, along Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. The crypts of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, sit in the middle of a reflecting pool outside The King Center. A few steps away, visitors can walk through Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father served as pastors. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
  • FILE- In this June 7, 2012 file photo, a visitor looks on at the crypt of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta, along Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. The crypts of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, sit in the middle of a reflecting pool outside The King Center. A few steps away, visitors can walk through Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father served as pastors. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
  • This Dec. 20, 2013 photo shows the home where Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was born in the historic Sweet Auburn historic district in Atlanta. The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site, operated by the National Park Service, offers free tours of King's birth home. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • This Dec. 20, 2013 photo shows the home where Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was born in the historic Sweet Auburn historic district in Atlanta. The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site, operated by the National Park Service, offers free tours of King's birth home. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Many people who visit Atlanta for the hundreds of conventions the city hosts each year never make it out of the few blocks around their hotels. But the city has much more to offer, and some attractions are even free.

Atlanta is a diverse, cosmopolitan city that is home to major corporations’ headquarters, world-class cultural institutions and restaurants helmed by award-winning chefs. It has a rich cultural and political history, plus parks and trails to keep outdoor enthusiasts busy during the year. Here are five free things to do and see on your next trip to Atlanta:

Martin Luther King Jr. historic site: The historic site is operated by the National Park Service. A film and an exhibition of photos, text and video clips in the visitor’s center give a comprehensive overview of the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership role. Up the street is the home where King was born. Tours of the birth home are free but must be reserved in person the day of the tour at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. The crypts of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, sit in the middle of a reflecting pool outside The King Center. A few steps away, visitors can walk through Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father served as pastors.

Sweet Auburn curb market: Nearby lies the Sweet Auburn Historic District, which was a major economic, cultural and political center for African-American life for the first half of the 20th century, before a major highway bisected the neighborhood and decades of urban decline followed. Originally known as the Municipal Market, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market is now an urban farmers market that provides a lively atmosphere for browsing and grabbing lunch.

The Beltline: The Atlanta BeltLine is a redevelopment project that aims to turn an old 22-mile railroad corridor that rings the city’s in-town neighborhoods into a network of trails, parks, affordable housing and, eventually, transit. So far, only the 2.2-mile Eastside Trail has opened, with skyline views and regularly changing public art installations providing added scenery for those who walk, bike and jog along the path.

Piedmont Park: Sitting at one end of the BeltLine’s completed Eastside Trail is Piedmont Park. Like New York City’s Central Park, the nearly 200-acre green space in Midtown gives Atlanta residents and visitors a tranquil setting to picnic, play games, walk their dogs and relax in the meadow or along the shores of Lake Clara Meer.

Oakland Cemetery: The graves of dozens of Atlanta mayors and six Georgia governors, as well as the rich and poor of different races and different religions dot the gentle hills of Oakland Cemetery. Some of the most famous residents are Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell and golf legend Bobby Jones, as well as rows and rows of Confederate soldiers. Despite the surrounding busy streets and the clanking and beeping from the adjacent freight rail terminal, the 48-acre cemetery feels calm and peaceful. Self-guided tours are free whenever the cemetery is open.

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