Athens, GA

Travel Guide
Athens showing landscape views and a sunset
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 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 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.

Where to stay in Athens

Graduate Athens
Graduate Athens
4 out of 5
295 E Dougherty St, Athens, GA, 30601
The price is $97 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21
$97
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Athens. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Seriously so cute and worth it! Within walking distance to Georgia Theater and was perfect!"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Graduate Athens
Hyatt Place Athens/Downtown
Hyatt Place Athens/Downtown
3 out of 5
412 North Thomas Street, Athens, GA, 30601
The price is $116 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 23
$116
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Athens. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (917 reviews)
"It’s very nice!"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Hyatt Place Athens/Downtown
Hotel Indigo Athens University Area, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Indigo Athens University Area, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
500 College Avenue, Athens, GA, 30601
The price is $137 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 23
$137
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Athens. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (534 reviews)
Top notch hotel!
"The staff were wonderful…very helpful, very friendly! The hotel was very clean, beautifully decorated for the holidays. One thing to note…parking spots are extremely tight. But overall, excellent choice in hotels!"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Hotel Indigo Athens University Area, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Glamping at its best! Air, Heat, shower, toilet
Glamping at its best! Air, Heat, shower, toilet
Bogart, GA
Stay at this vacation home in Athens. Enjoy onsite parking, a garden, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Athens Arena and Georgia Square Mall are located ...
Glamping at its best! Air, Heat, shower, toilet
Newly updated downtown Athens townhome
Newly updated downtown Athens townhome
Athens, GA
Stay at this vacation home in Athens. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Classic Center and 40 Watt Club are located nearby. Discover ...
5/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Clean and Cute
"This was the perfect place for our recent visit to UGA. The bed linens were super soft and the beds were comfortable. We would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2022

Newly updated downtown Athens townhome
InTown Suites Extended Stay Athens GA - University of Georgia
InTown Suites Extended Stay Athens GA - University of Georgia
2.5 out of 5
2044 South Milledge Dr, Athens, GA, 30605
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Athens. Enjoy free parking, WiFi, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions State Botanical Garden of Georgia ...
3.2/5 (5 reviews)
"Booking confirmed 2 weeks prior in person. On arrival for booking told no booking and no room available except for premium. Thankful for Expedia assist in finding alternative accommodation."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

InTown Suites Extended Stay Athens GA - University of Georgia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit

Things to do

Cities near Athens