Athens, GA

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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.

Graduate Athens
Graduate Athens
4 out of 5
295 E Dougherty St, Athens, GA
The price is $84 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in the heart of Athens, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Classic Center and University of Georgia. Sanford Stadium is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.
4.3/5 Excellent! (974 reviews)
"Staff is always very helpful and nice and an excellent location for downtown Athens."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Graduate Athens
Holiday Inn Express Athens, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Athens, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
513 W Broad St, Athens, GA
The price is $94 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Located in the heart of Athens, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Georgia, Classic Center, and Sanford Stadium. 40 Watt Club and T.R.R. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (986 reviews)
"The gym is more spacious and is very well equipped compared to other hotel gyms. Towels, water dispenser, area to stretch with foam roller. Updated room , new carpeting. Healthy choices for breakfast. Only downside was construction outdoors."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Athens, an IHG Hotel
Hyatt Place Athens/Downtown
Hyatt Place Athens/Downtown
3 out of 5
412 North Thomas Street, Athens, GA
The price is $101 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in the heart of Athens, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Classic Center and University of Georgia. Sanford Stadium is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.
4.6/5 Exceptional! (725 reviews)
"I didn’t like to pay for parking."

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2021

Hyatt Place Athens/Downtown
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.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Athens
Homewood Suites by Hilton Athens
3 out of 5
750 East Broad Street, Athens, GA
The price is $88 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 22
Located in the heart of Athens, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of University of Georgia and Classic Center. Sanford Stadium is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (276 reviews)
"Loved the room w comfy bed and pillows . Towels were soft. Room was clean and quiet. Staff was nice. A big problem was the smoking g area was at the front door so each time u went in and out u were met with cigarette smoke. For that reason I would not stay there again. It was unsightly and felt ..."

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Athens
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 near the airport, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from University of Georgia and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Sanford Stadium. Stegeman Coliseum and State ...
InTown Suites Extended Stay Athens GA - University of Georgia
Newly updated downtown Athens townhome
Newly updated downtown Athens townhome
Athens, GA
Located in the heart of Athens, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Classic Center and University of Georgia. Sanford Stadium is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Great place
"The townhouse complex looks kind of worn, and I was worried when I first pulled up, but as soon as I crossed the threshold, I was more than happy to be staying there. Everything was pristine on the inside, recently remodeled with beautiful furniture and appliances. Good location with a great area ..."

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2021

Newly updated downtown Athens townhome
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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