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Must-See Planes, Trains and Automobiles in Atlanta

Metro Atlanta boasts attractions to impress train fans, aviation buffs, and transportation enthusiasts of every variety.

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia

    The 1.54-mile track at Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the premier motorsports facilities in the country.

Atlanta has long been linked with its transportation infrastructure: The city was dubbed “Terminus” for its importance as a railway hub and is now home to the world’s busiest international airport. It’s fitting, then, that the city boasts attractions to impress transportation enthusiasts of every variety.

A tribute to Atlanta’s rich train history, Southeastern Railway Museum’s 34-acre Duluth campus features 90 retired rolling stock pieces, including steam locomotives, history Pullman cars, and even a restored caboose. The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History in Kennesaw boasts the impressive Glover Locomotive Collection and the “General,” the focal point of the war’s “Great Locomotive Chase.”

Let your explorations soar at the Delta Flight Museum in the airline’s original 1940s aircraft hangar near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. You’ll see the world’s only Waco 153 biplane and complete a Boeing 757 pre-flight checklist. Want more? Spring for the flight simulator experience.

To ride through a slice of history in downtown Atlanta, hop aboard the new Atlanta Streetcar. A modern take on the mid-20th century version, the electric cars are air-conditioned and make 12 stops along a route connecting the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Centennial Olympic Park.

Have a need for speed? Buckle up at the Porsche Driving Experience in Atlanta to train with Porsche driving consultants and navigate challenging courses. Prefer to leave the driving to the pros? Plan a visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton. The track hosts NASCAR events that draw fans from across the country.

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