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It is an area of Central Georgia that roughly 120,000 people reside in.
Atlanta, the state capital, is about 60 miles west of Athens, and Bishop is 10 miles to the south.
Let the kids blow off some steam at popular family attractions such as Funopolis Family Fun Center and Parkview Recreation Center.
To taste the true flavors of the region, visit Boutier Winery. Tour the vineyards, wine presses and barrel rooms and learn to recognize a quality drop. If you find something that you're particularly taken with, pick up a few bottles to enjoy at home.
Admire local and exotic flora at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Don't forget to bring a camera so you can get a few photos of the rarest specimens.
For fresh air and relaxation, grab a bite to eat and find a shady corner at one of the picturesque urban parks, such as Hurricane Shoals Park and Heritage Village and Fort Yargo State Park. Little Mulberry Park and Watson Mill Bridge State Park are two more excellent places to while away the afternoon over a good book.
Once you arrive, you can learn about local culture and happenings at Athens Welcome Center and Oconee County Welcome Center.
It's been said that, "Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." Keep this in mind as you experience Sandy Creek Park.
The area's exhibition spaces are jam-packed with intriguing facts and stories. The Georgia Museum of Art and the Barrow County Museum offer a range of displays and collections that are bound to spark your curiosity. Also worth considering are the Crawford W. Long Museum and Ware-Lyndon House.
If you love art, step inside some of the gallery and exhibition spaces. Lose yourself in the stimulating atmosphere at the Farmington Depot Gallery, the Original Fine Art Gallery and the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art.
To learn about the people and places of this region's past, plan to visit its many remaining historical sites. Start your history lesson at Elisha Winn House and the University of Georgia. More tales from the days of old are waiting for you at Jackson County Courthouse and the Seney-Stovall Chapel.
Spare some time to visit T.R.R. Cobb House and reflect upon this region's local stories.
People of all ages will find something of interest at the Lanier Technical College Winder, a leading educational institution. Those who left school years ago will appreciate the modern facilities, while budding young students can get a taste of what's ahead.
Take advantage of this area's reputation as a great place to shop. Update your wardrobe, stock up on food or just enjoy the atmosphere at Georgia Square Mall and J&J Flea Market. You're also bound to be impressed with the massive selection at Tanger Outlets and Farmers Market.
For a great night's entertainment, make your way to 40 Watt Club, the Classic Center or The Georgia Theatre. Each of these venues feature a wide variety of performances and shows throughout the year.
Before you pack your suitcase and head off home, make sure you check out a few of the lesser-known attractions here. Barrow County Courthouse and Dearing Street Historic District are two interesting options. If you have the time, also think about visiting Cobbham Historic District or Athens Warehouse Historic District.
At the moment, there aren't many hotels and other accommodation options on our Athens hotels page, so be sure to book early on if you want a nice place to stay.
Situated in Athens, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Georgia Museum of Art and University of Georgia. Sanford Stadium and Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall Sports Museum are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Athens, this spa hotel is steps away from Athens Welcome Center and Ware-Lyndon House. Classic Center and Athens Warehouse Historic District are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Athens, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Georgia Theatre, Classic Center and Athens Warehouse Historic District. Parkview Recreation Center and 40 Watt Club are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Athens, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of State Botanical Garden of Georgia and Farmers Market. Original Fine Art Gallery and Seney-Stovall Chapel are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of Athens, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Parkview Recreation Center and Reese Street Historic District. 40 Watt Club and The Georgia Theatre are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Athens, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hillside Park, Athens Welcome Center and Ware-Lyndon House. North Oconee River Park and Riverside Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated in Athens, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Athens Arena and Georgia Square Mall. Farmers Market and Seney-Stovall Chapel are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Athens, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Reese Street Historic District and 40 Watt Club. T.R.R. Cobb House and Parkview Recreation Center are also within 10 minutes.