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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.
Accommodation in Athens
Athens has numerous accommodations to suit all budgets. Via the Expedia hotels page you can compare as many as 40 Athens hotel listings.
Two options worth checking out are the Hotel Indigo Athens University Area, located at 500 College Avenue, and Courtyard by Marriott Athens Downtown, located at 166 North Finley Street. The Hilton Garden Inn Athens Downtown and the Hampton Inn Athens can also be worth looking into. The address of the Hilton Garden Inn Athens Downtown is 390 E Washington Street, while the Hampton Inn Athens is located at 2220 W Broad Street.
Located in the heart of Commerce, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Tanger Outlets and within 12 mi (20 km) of Hurricane Shoals Park and Heritage Village and Boutier Winery. Jackson County Courthouse is 11.9 mi (19.1 km) away.
Situated in Athens, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of 40 Watt Club, Classic Center, and Georgia Square Mall. Georgia Museum of Art and Sanford Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Athens, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Georgia Museum of Art and University of Georgia. Sanford Stadium and 40 Watt Club are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Athens, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Classic Center, 40 Watt Club, and Sanford Stadium. University of Georgia and Georgia Museum of Art are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Athens, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of 40 Watt Club and Classic Center. Sanford Stadium and University of Georgia are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Athens, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of 40 Watt Club, Classic Center, and Georgia Museum of Art. Sanford Stadium and University of Georgia are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Athens, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Georgia Square Mall, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and 40 Watt Club. Georgia Museum of Art and Sanford Stadium are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Commerce, this motel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Tanger Outlets and within 12 mi (20 km) of Hurricane Shoals Park and Heritage Village and Jackson County Courthouse. Gresham Motorsports Park and Crawford W. Long Museum are also within 16 mi (25 km).