When researching places to go in a big city, the cemetery is not a place that readily comes to mind. After making a couple of visits to Oakland Cemetery in the Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta, I’ve completely changed my tune.
Oakland Cemetery represents the Old South. It takes you back into history when within. It’s the oldest cemetery in Atlanta founded in 1850. It sits on six acres and has roughly 70,000 graves. Past mayors, governors of Georgia and famous Atlantans rest here, along with many soldiers dating back to the Civil War era. The famous golfer Bobby Jones and Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With The Mind, also reside here.
Marvel at all the various architecture featured throughout. Oakland Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places which helps with the upkeep and preserving.
Along with being a cemetery it’s also a vast botanical garden and park with beautiful colors all year long. I was lucky to make a trip here in Autumn and being able to experience the Fall colors throughout.
This Grant Park neighborhood cemetery is also a beautiful spot to capture the downtown Atlanta skyline from. Always keep the camera out when walking the grounds!
Grab a coffee from Octane Coffee across the street and head in in the early morning hours. The park has many entrances, I recommend going in from Oakland Avenue. Your feet will take you onto the red bricked paths of many named narrow streets throughout. I walked around on my own, but guided tours are also available.
Some additional info:
- Being a public park, Oakland cemetery is open dawn to dusk every day of the year.
- No fees to enter.
- Go on an official self-guided tour. Download the Android or iPhone app.
- Guided tours are available every weekend during the warmer months and for tour groups and schools.
Tip: When on the Northeast end of the cemetery checkout the Fulton Bag & Cotton Mills plant off in the distance.
What other historic cemeteries would you recommend checking out?
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When in the big city, I’m always looking for that next skyline shot. Chicago is no exception. One my favorite places to go for a walk and capture the Windy City is from Grant Park. On my most recent walk through the park I hopped off Michigan Avenue onto E. Balboa Avenue. The skyline was already in plain site as I walked over the train tracks coming and going from Chicago Union Station.
Can you see the Sears, I mean Willis, Tower peeking out from behind?! 🙂
After crossing the bridge I turned and headed north on S. Columbus Drive.
I started playing peekaboo with Willis Tower, as it was coming in-and-out of view along with the rest of the skyline from behind the trees.
Nothing like seeing a baseball field in summer right in the heart of a city.
The taller trees soon became shorter opening things up. There you are Chicago. It was a cold winter and Spring in the Midwestern United States, but everything is green, in full bloom and beautiful now.
Love and marriage, love and marriage. Go together like a horse and carriage. Walking further along S. Columbus Drive. you’ll come up to Buckingham Fountain on your right (at E. Congress Parkway) which many will recognize from the title sequence of the television series Married with Children. The fountain marks the center of Grant Park and is one of the largest you’ll find anywhere, providing wide open panoramic skyline views.
It’s time to lay down on the brick walkway, relax and soak in all the tall buildings.
I went back to the peekaboo continuing north past Butler Field until I reached E. Monroe Street and Millennium Park. It was a short, but nice summer day stroll through Grant Park checking out the high-rises of Chi-town.
Checkout my previous post, Chicago: The Agora Sculptures of Grant Park, for more Chicago skyline walking fun within Grant Park. You’ll see some pretty cool and interesting sculptures too.
What city parks have you walked in in your travels or around home that provide great skyline views?
When going through Oakland Cemetery in the Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta you are amongst beautiful gardens and so much history, not to mention great views of the downtown skyline. What caught the eye though as I was walking around was the Fulton Bag & Cotton Mills plant that sits in Cabbagetown across the way.
The mill dates back to 1881 ceasing operation in 1977 and now serves as condos/lofts. I don’t know if it was the color, the water tower or the historical nature that gravitated my eyes that way, but I’m glad I saw it.
Recently every time I am in Chicago, the hotel of choice is on Michigan Avenue right alongside/around Grant Park. The first thing I always seem to do once I get settled is go for a run. So I run across the street into the park and stumbled into…
…Buckingham Fountain. It’s one of the largest fountains the world and makes lot’s of people immediately think of the opening to the “Married with Children” TV series. During my last visit I found myself singing “Love and marriage, love and marriage…” when approaching it haha. 🙂
Make sure when your around the fountain to catch some of the great skyline views.
Being up-top Willis Tower (will always be Sears Tower to me) at Skydeck Chicago provided a great way to end my recent Chicago stay. It provides three-hundred sixty degree views, this one immediately catching the eye.
It highlighted where I stayed and spent a lot of my time on this visit. The Congress Hotel, Hilton Chicago, Buckingham Fountain, Alder Planetarium, Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan, Grant Park and more are all in view. Great memories at all as I check them out again from above.