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Discover a thriving music scene, diverse cultural offerings and plenty of school spirit in this bustling college town.
Athens is perhaps best known as the home of the University of Georgia, which features one of the country’s most prestigious research institutions. Wander around the university’s attractive campus, discover the city’s emerging restaurant culture and find out why this city is a legendary music hotspot by catching a performance by a talented musician.
Cheer on the Bulldogs at the University of Georgia, the country’s oldest state-chartered university. Stroll through the majestic red brick Old Campus and check out the famous black iron arch, which has been a university gathering point for over 150 years. Walk along the wooded hiking trails of Oconee Forest Park, which is found at the back of the Recreational Sports Complex.
While you’re on campus, don’t miss the [CDG|6091161|Georgia Museum of Art]. See more than 10,000 pieces of art spanning an impressive variety of periods and genres in the museum’s permanent collection. Wander through the sculpture garden outside the museum building. The pieces in the garden focus on the work of female sculptors.
Browse through the boutiques and antique stores lining the streets of Downtown Athens. Dine on classic southern dishes at one of the city’s many fantastic restaurants and discover why the city is increasingly becoming known for its excellent craft beer scene.
Learn more about Athens’ storied musical heritage. Bands such as R.E.M., the B-52’s and Indigo girls all got their start here. Some of these big name acts occasionally return to play at local venues. Watch emerging and established artists perform at the historic Georgia Theatre or the famous 40 Watt Club.
Surround yourself in beauty at the [CDG|6091169|State Botanical Garden of Georgia]. View rare flowers, unusual plants and buzzing hummingbirds as you explore the garden’s extensive network of trails.
Athens is located 72 miles (116 kilometers) east of Atlanta. To get here, fly into the town’s small airport or take the bus. With a pedestrian-friendly campus and downtown area, Athens is best explored on foot.
Experience the infectious energy of this college town.
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