19. Celebrate Atlanta’s favorite native son


At the Martin Luther King Jr. historic district, you can hop from the visitors center operated by the National Parks Service to the crypt at the private King Center. In between, check out King’s Queen Anne birth home and the area’s historic firehouse and wood-frame cottages. Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father both preached, is still being renovated. What hasn’t faded is the feeling one gets from looking at King’s cracked, worn Bible, displayed not far from the key to his fateful Lorraine Motel room. Or from hearing his voice boom from exhibit televisions, “I’ve been to the mountaintop . . . I’ve seen the Promised Land.” Or from stepping over the threshold where young “M.L.” was first taught by his father that segregation should not be. thekingcenter.org and nps.gov/malu