Atlanta & Alabama

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    The King Center is an essential inclusion for any group on an Atlanta school trip.
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    Learn more about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama.
  • Atlanta & Alabama school trip
    Be sure to visit the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta.
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    The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, an important landmark on the Civil Rights trail.
  • Atlanta & Alabama school trip
    Immerse yourself in all things presidential at the Carter Presidential Library & Museum in Atlanta.

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A popular subject on the GCSE history syllabus, the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s is without doubt one of the most fascinating periods of US history. Indeed, there’s no better way of bringing this pivotal era of US history to life than with an educational trip to the cities of Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma and Birmingham, where churches, monuments, museums and key sites provide excellent visual context to facts learnt in the classroom.

Capital of the US state of Georgia, Atlanta has played a central role in American history, from its destruction during the Civil War to its pivotal position as the home of the Civil Rights Movement. Whilst there’s plenty to see and do from a historical perspective, Atlanta is also a commercial metropolis, playing host to the headquarters of CNN, not to mention the World of Coca-Cola.

Head over the state border into Alabama and the opportunities to explore the American Civil Rights Movement continue in plentiful supply. Learn more about the Montgomery Bus Boycott in the capital of Alabama itself with visits to the Civil Rights Memorial Center and the Rosa Parks Library and Museum. Journey over to the town of Selma and retrace the steps of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. And explore Birmingham’s pivotal influence in the Civil Rights Movement.

Visits can be tailored to provide an unforgettable and enlightening experience for groups of all ages and interests, why not contact us with your requirements?

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and hotels in and around Atlanta and the State of Alabama. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Atlanta & Alabama school trip itinerary and budget.

Atlanta & Alabama School Trip – Subject Suitability

Travel Options

  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Atlanta (flight time approx. 9 1/2 hours outbound, 8 1/2 hours return).

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Each trip is tailor-made to suit individual requirements; however, here is a suggested itinerary for an Atlanta & Alabama school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 7 Days by Air

Day 1 – Take a direct flight from the UK to Atlanta. On arrival, you’ll transfer to your hotel in central Atlanta for a two-night stay.

Day 2 – Today is devoted to exploring the diverse city of Atlanta. Numerous options are available to your group but a popular itinerary could include the King Center, the Center for Civil & Human Rights, the district of Sweet Auburn (birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr.), Ebenezer Baptist Church and Centennial Park.

Beyond Atlanta’s multiple civil rights links, other visits could include the World of Coca Cola, a CNN Studio Tour, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library or the house of Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind.

Day 3 – An early departure from Atlanta this morning and head to Tuskegee for a visit to the Human & Civil Rights Multicultural Center. If time permits, stop off at the Moton Airfield, commemorating the African American airmen of WWII, before continuing on to Montgomery, capital of the State of Alabama and an important centre on the civil rights trail.

This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour to include Dexter Church, the Civil Rights Memorial Center and the Rosa Parks Library & Museum.

Day 4 – Head west to Selma this morning, where you’ll see the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, and the Brown Chapel, AME Church and King Monument. After time for lunch, continue north to the city of Birmingham.

Day 5 – A guided tour of Birmingham this morning introduces the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the 16th Street Baptist Church and the Kelly Ingram Park.

This afternoon is at leisure, alternatively consider a visit to the Birmingham Museum of Art or the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

Day 6 – Journey east back to Atlanta today where you’ll have time free for lunch, independent shopping and sightseeing, before heading back to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Day 7 – Arrive back in the UK early this morning.


Popular Visits & Excursions

Atlanta

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site – Multiple venues make up this National Historic Site, including the Visitor Center, Peace Plaza and International World Peace Rose Garden, the King Birth Home, Fire Station Number 6, Ebenezer Baptist Church and, of course, the King Center.
Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site Visitor Center – A good starting point for your MLK explorations, the Visitor Center itself offers exhibits telling the story of the children of the Civil Rights Movement, and the parallel paths of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement. It’s here you’ll sign up for a tour of the MLK Birth Hhome.
The King Center – Officially known as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent and Social Change, this is the official memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King. You’ll find the tombs of Dr and Mrs King here.
Birth Home – A visit to the home where Dr King was born and lived the first 12 years of his life is one of the highlights of a trip to Atlanta. Please note that tours are in high demand and cannot be booked in advance. Arrive early to secure your spot (only 15 visitors at one time).
International World Peace Rose Garden – Bordering the Peace Plaza in front of the Visitor Center, the IWPRG boasts 185 roses in a variety of colours and fragrances and overlook the graves of Dr and Mrs King.
Ebenezer Baptist Church – Martin Luther King, Jr.. and his father both served as pastors here.
Fire Station No. 6 – Built in 1894, this historic fire station served the “Sweet” Auburn community until 1991. Hear about the desegregation of the Atlanta Fire Department and view a 1927 American LaFrance fire engine at the museum.
Center for Civil & Human Rights – One of Atlanta’s most popular attraction, the Center for Civil and Human Rights connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s global human rights movements. The Civil Rights gallery presents the fight for equality during the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s whilst the Human Rights gallery aims to help visitors achieve a deeper understanding of human rights issues and how they affect the lives of every person.
Atlanta History Center – Holding one of the largest collections of Civil War artefacts, this collection of museums covers a wide variety of Atlanta-based history. As well as the Civil War, exhibits are devoted to the 1996 Olympic Games, the golfer, Bobby Jones, folk arts and metropolitan frontiers.
Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum – 358 feet in circumference and 42 feet high, the Cyclorama displays the story and history behind the Civil War Battle of Atlanta. The Civil War Museum features artefacts, uniforms and other items originating from the Civil War. *Currently closed.*
Oakland Cemetery – The final resting place for nearly 3,000 Confederate soldiers, 16 Union soldiers and Gone With the Wind author, Margaret Mitchell.
Georgia State Capitol Building – Completed in 1889 and a working government building, the Capitol offers visitors a unique experience in exploring Georgia both past and present.
Centennial Park – Housed in the centre of Atlanta’s downtown convention and entertainment district, this park serves as Atlanta’s legacy from the 1996 Olympic Games. The Fountain of Rings is the world’s largest interactive fountain.

 

World of Coca-Cola – A look at one of the giants in the soft drinks industry. Tour Coca-Cola’s advertising history, discover the bottling process, view hundreds of Coca-Cola related artefacts and sample some of the 100 different varieties of this iconic fizzy drink.
Georgia Aquarium – Atlanta’s aquarium is home to tens of thousands of animals including 500 species from around the world and more than 60 habitats. Highlights include the aquarium’s four beluga whales and its dolphin show.
CNN Studio Tour – Go behind the scenes at the CNN headquarters in Atlanta and learn about the processes involved in news production. Try your hand at meteorology or even anchoring a show.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum – Home to one of two Nobel Peace Prizes on display in Atlanta, visitors can get a close-up view of the modern American Presidency. Highlights include a life-size replica of the Oval Office, a dramatic “Day in the Life of the President” presentation, a walk-through cabin setting for the crucial Camp David Meetings exhibition, and an Interactive Map Table that takes you with the Carters to monitor elections and fight diseases.
High Museum of Art – One of the US’s leading art museums in the Southeast, the collection comprises 11,000 works of American art, European art, African art, decorative art, folk art, photography and more contemporary works.
Margaret Mitchell House – Trace the footsteps of Margaret Mitchell and tour the apartment where she wrote her beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gone With the Wind.

Elsewhere

Montgomery – Walk in the footsteps of Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. Visit the Dexter Church, whose pastor at the time was none other than Martin Luther King Jr., the Civil Rights Memorial Center, and the Rosa Parks Library and Museum.
Selma – Best known for the 1960s Selma Voting Rights Movement and the Selma to Montgomery marches, beginning with “Bloody Sunday” in March 1965 and ending with 25,000 people entering Montgomery at the end of the last march to press for voting rights. Highlights include the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, and Brown Chapel, AME Church and the King Monument.
Tuskegee – A good stop-off point between Atlanta and Montgomery, visit the Human & Civil Rights Multicultural Center and Moton Airfield, commemorating WWII African American airmen, known as the Tuskagee Airmen, who received their training here.
Birmingham – A focus for the Civil Rights Movement in 1963, visits should include the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the 16th Street Baptist Church (bombed in 1963) and Kelly Ingram Park, used for the staging of large-scale demonstrations during the 60s.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park – A 2,965-acre National Battlefield that preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign.
Stone Mountain – A larger-than-life granite carving pays tribute to three of the Confederacy’s greatest leaders: Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee.

Atlanta & Alabama school trip images courtesy of Eliza Rolle.