Atlanta Tour Guide

Articles - Things to do in Atlanta

Apr 13, 2013 - Historical Georgia

Burnt to the ground by Sherman's army on his infamous March to the Sea during the Civil War, Atlanta was left in ruins. When it rose again, there was little indication of what had occurred, as the city kept growing and growing. The fields where the Battle of Atlanta took place have long since been plowed under and replaced by urban neighborhoods. There aren't many still-intact sites to visit where the actual events of battle took place, but the Atlanta area does have a few notable Civil War attractions, which you can visit with a bus, charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus chartered from Bus Charters Atlanta.

Charter bus visitors can view Turning Point: The American Civil War, which is a permanent exhibition at the Atlanta History Center and one of the largest Civil War exhibits in the country. The 9,200-square-foot gallery is filled with Union and Confederate artifacts, such as the Confederate flag that flew over Atlanta during the war, firearms, cannons, uniforms and a supply wagon used by Sherman's troops. The exhibit also contains dioramas showing battlefield and civilian life, photographs and video displays. The Atlanta History Center contains many other exhibits focusing on the history of this large southern metropolis, including the civil rights era and the 1996 Summer Olympic Games that were hosted by the city.

Stop your charter bus at Cherokee Avenue, where you can witness a still-life re-enactment of the Battle of Atlanta at the Cyclorama. A rotating theater makes a slow 360-degree spin as you watch the battle unfold on the large circular canvas. This narrated "ride" spotlights different details of the battle, and a diorama blends seamlessly with the base of the painting to give it a 3-D effect. Located in Atlanta's Grant Park since the 1890s, and in its current spot in the park since 1921, the Cyclorama is conveniently situated next to Atlanta's zoo. The Cyclorama building also houses a Civil War museum, whose centerpiece is a steam locomotive from the era.

Sherman's Atlanta Campaign began in these fields just north of the city in June of 1864, today the location of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. The nearly 3,000-acre battlefield sits in the shadow of Kennesaw Mountain, and the historic site is maintained by the National Park Service. There is a visitor's center where charter bus visitors can get information on the battle that took place here, as well as maps and brochures to help guide them along the miles of interpretive trails. There is also a self-guided auto tour of the park.

Civil War buffs are attracted to Stone Mountain for the Confederate Memorial Carving on its north face. The carving, the largest relief sculpture in the world, depicts three heroes of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, "Stonewall" Jackson and Robert E. Lee, on horseback. Charter bus visitors can visit the museum at Memorial Hall in front of the carving to learn more about its creation, as well as how the Civil War affected this area.

For a rental bus trip into Atlanta’s history, give Bus Charters Atlanta a call to find out how they can help you plan your trip with a selection from their fleet of charter buses and friendly, personalized service.

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