Coming Soon: the most unique guided tours in Atlanta

I am about to start dabbling in the tour guide business. For a small fee (tbd), I will take a carload of site-seekers on a driving and walking tour of the greatest city of the modern south. Tours will be conducted only with pre-arrangement, and will need to fit around my work and life schedule.

Ads are going to be placed on Craiglist and other places. I don’t expect to make much money. I might get rolled. But it should be interesting.

The tours will cover overlapping areas. For example, more than one will include downtown, but each tour will have a unique emphasis.

Eastern Continental Divide Driving Tour

The ECD, little known and little remarked upon, is actually one of the important natural features of the area. This tour will follow the divide and include my ramblings about history and the areas through which it passes.

Railroad Tour

This tour emphasizes railroad history and trivia. Portions will take place on MARTA trains, for which the fare is not included in the tour price.

Gentrification Tour

Combined walking and driving tour, will visit many of the Intown neighborhoods that have bounced back from urban decay to affluence, or at least hipness.

Buford Highway

Driving tour with multiple stops at local businesses.

Brown’s Bridge

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Located on the border of Forsyth and Hall counties on state route 369, spanning Lake Lanier. There have been bridges at this spot over the Chattahoochee since before the lake was created. This current bridge was built in 1955.

There is a very similar bridge to the north on route 53. The part of Lake Lanier spanned by that bridge is actually the Chestatee River, above the confluence with the Hooch that is now submerged by the lake.

Both of these bridges are set for replacement. Two-lane through-truss bridges like this are an endangered species on our highways.

link to BridgeHunter page for Brown’s Bridge

Crazy Weekend Roadtrip Plans

Horseshoe Curve

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Friday:

  1. Leave work in time to beat rush hour, drive up I-85 to Charlotte
  2. Turn north up I-77, to I-81
  3. Head up 81 until I get sleepy
  4. Flop somewhere for the night

Saturday:

  1. Drive to Horseshoe Curve near Altoona PA
  2. Watch trains for as long as I feel like
  3. Drive to Gettysburg
  4. Visit Civil War stuff
  5. Stay the night

Sunday:

  1. Get up early and drive all the way home, Googles say about 10 hours.

 


 

Folkston Funnel Florida Fun

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No schedule for this one yet, but it involves:

  1. Watching trains in Folkston, GA
  2. Watching space launch at Cape Canaveral

 

 


Bourbon Country

This will probably require more than a weekend.

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