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AthensUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Athens

Hyatt Place Athens/Downtown
Hyatt Place Athens/Downtown
3 out of 5
412 North Thomas Street, Athens, GA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $109 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in the heart of Athens, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Classic Center and University of Georgia. 40 Watt Club and T.R.R. Cobb House are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (549 reviews)

"Very friendly staff. I feel like use of the parking deck should come with the rental of the room. The hotel is not located in a huge metropolitan city. Parking should not be additional and certainly should not be an additional $30 and if nothing will be done about that situation then it should at ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

Hyatt Place Athens/Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Athens Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Athens Downtown
3 out of 5
166 North Finley Street, Athens, GA
The price is $89 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Located in the heart of Athens, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 40 Watt Club and University of Georgia. Classic Center is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.

4.2/5Excellent! (300 reviews)

"Rooms were clean & up to Marriott standards. Staff at front desk were pleasant and helpful. No daily room cleaning with beds made, trash cans emptied & new towels provided b/c of COVID, I assume. Only stayed 2 nights so not a big deal but if staying longer this could be a pain. I also noticed that ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Athens Downtown
Graduate Athens
Graduate Athens
4 out of 5
295 E Dougherty St, Athens, GA
The price is $76 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27

Located in the heart of Athens, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Classic Center and University of Georgia. 40 Watt Club and T.R.R. Cobb House are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (804 reviews)

"The property was quaint and in a great location. All staff members were very accommodating and friendly."…"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

Graduate Athens
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.

Vacation Rentals in Athens

Travelers Look no More!!
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Dacula, GA

Situated in Dacula, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, The Providence Club, and Rabbit Hill Park. Gwinnett Veterans Memorial ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Amazing place to stay

"My wife and I arrived at Kristin's place late and she was very accommodating to our late arrival. Their place is very clean and the family was very welcoming and easy to engage with. Whatever my wife and I needed Kristin was always there to help with our needs. We will definitely stay at their place ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

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Down on the Farm...
Down on the Farm...
Watkinsville, GA

Situated in Watkinsville, this vacation home is 9.1 mi (14.7 km) from Lake Oconee and within 20 mi (32 km) of University of Georgia and Classic Center. Madison ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Fun love it

"I like the night time."…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

Down on the Farm...
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

Situated in Athens, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Georgia, Stegeman Coliseum, and State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Georgia Museum ...

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.

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Reviews of Athens

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 53.675450762829406%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.1997226074896%
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3 - Okay 9.153952843273231%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

Calm town to go to if your looking for a relaxed out of the big city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 2, 2020

We love Athens!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 1, 2020

GOOD

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 1, 2020

I love Athens! Has lots of options for food and entertainment

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 28, 2020

Athens is awesome! I want to go back and hang out there more. Something for everyone there!

4/5 - Good

Dee

Feb 24, 2020

I did not get a chance to see a lot of the city, but what I saw was nice. A lot of friendly people. Would recommend The Globe downtown for a good meal and beer (they have an extensive scotch menu, as well), my waiter was incredible.

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