Start 2020 off on the right foot: New Year’s Day walking tour of Peachtree

Looking to start off the year with a stroll through history? Explore Atlanta has just the thing

Peachtree Street runs north and south, directly through the history of Atlanta. The road is in the heart of Atlanta's metropolitan landscape and one of the most prominent roads in the South. Here are five facts about Peachtree Street you might not have known. (AJC file photos)

Atlanta’s Peachtree Street is home to some of the city’s most notable architecture, landmarks and historical moments.

After all, it's where Coca-Cola was first served and where Margaret Mitchell penned "Gone With The Wind." More recently, it hosts annual events like the AJC Peachtree Road Race and the Children's Christmas Parade.

For history buffs looking to stroll through the street’s storied past — or if you just want to get a jump start on a New Year’s resolution — Explore Atlanta has just the thing.

The group is hosting a three-mile walking tour on Jan. 1 from Underground Atlanta to the High Museum of Art — right down Peachtree.

Kids and parents wait outside of the High Museum for the Christmas Parade benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in midtown Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Photo/Rebecca Wright)

Credit: Rebecca Wright

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Credit: Rebecca Wright

Along the way, the free event will make stops at some of the street’s noteworthy locations.

Sites include: Underground Atlanta, Woodruff Park, the newly reopened Candler Building, Fox Theatre, Margaret Mitchell House, the High Museum and many more. (See the list of stops here).

The event organizers ask that attendees leave pets at home, but walkers are encouraged to bring their cameras, as there will be a chance to photograph each stop.

May 22, 2019 Atlanta - Exterior of The Candler Hotel Atlanta on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM


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The walk, open to anyone at least 15 years old, leaves at 11 a.m. from the base of the “Peach Drop pole” at Undergound Atlanta  and is expected to reach the High by 12:45 p.m.

Afterward, attendees are invited to attend a gathering at a nearby watering hole  — exact location, to be determined.