Athens Historic Heartland

Nestled below the Blue Ridge Mountains, Athens is a harmony of old and new: wedding-perfect Antebellum architecture, contemporary art and eclectic nightlife, a Victorian-era downtown teeming with trendy shops and one of the South's most progressive culinary scenes. Whether you're after a romantic getaway, a unique meeting destination or a quick trip from Atlanta, find what you've been missing in Athens, Georgia.
  • Hip Dawg

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  • Downtown Athens

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  • Downtown Athens - surprising mix of Southern culture and contemporary entertainment

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  • Church-Waddel-Brumby House Athens Welcome Center

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  • Sidewalk Cafes abound in historic downtown Athens

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  • Historic Athens

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  • Georgia Museum of Art

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  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

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  • The Morton Theatre

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  • Taylor-Grady House

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  • Groovy Dawg

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  • The Melting Point, live music venue

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Take a hip trip to Athens, Georgia! The eclectic college town of Athens is 61 miles northeast of Atlanta, nestled just below the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A vibrant, restored Victorian-era downtown teems with art galleries, trendy shops, world-renowned nightclubs and distinctive dining. Historic architecture and impressive gardens complete the unique blend of traditional heritage and trend-setting southern culture. The vibe and energy that gave birth to R.E.M and the B-52’s are alive and well today! Visit our website for complete travel information, including online reservations, calendar of events, special offers, and music samples.

Visitor Information Center

300 N. Thomas Street
Athens, GA 30601

Athens is 60 miles northeast of Atlanta via GA Hwy 316

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Athens Trip Ideas & Inspiration

The dining information on this page is supplied by the Georgia Restaurant Association.