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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Athens/Downtown
Hyatt Place Athens/Downtown
3 out of 5
412 North Thomas Street, Athens, GA
The price is £89 per night

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! (505 reviews)

"This hotel is really beautiful, clean and right in the heart of the city. They wonderfully accommodated us and we were very satisfied with our stay."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2020

Hyatt Place Athens/Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Athens
Homewood Suites by Hilton Athens
3 out of 5
750 East Broad Street, Athens, GA
The price is £99 per night

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (156 reviews)

"Great size with every amenity. Clean and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Homewood Suites by Hilton Athens
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Athens, GA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Athens, GA
2.5 out of 5
236 Old Epps Bridge Road, Athens, GA
The price is £81 per night

Situated in Athens, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from St. Mary's Hospital and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Georgia and Classic Center. Piedmont Athens ...

4.2/5Excellent! (990 reviews)

"Nice big rooms that were very well kept. Loved the size of the room for the great value"…"

Reviewed on 2 Jun 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Athens, GA

Popular places to visit in Athens

University of Georgia
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University of Georgia

Take a campus tour or just explore the area around University of Georgia, a top university in Athens. Experience the area's live music and theatre scene.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia
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State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join a guided tour or use informative signs to explore miles of nature trails and view exotic plants in this outstanding garden.

Georgia Museum of Art
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Georgia Museum of Art

View over 10,000 impressive works of art at this museum set on the University of Georgia campus.

Top things to do in Athens

Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Georgia
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Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Georgia

£16
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Georgia
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Georgia

£8
Per adult
Athens Scavenger Hunt: Classic City Culture & History
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Athens Scavenger Hunt: Classic City Culture & History

£16
Per adult
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Atlanta
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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Atlanta

£40
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Full-Day 4 Vineyard North Georgia Wine Tasting Tour
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Full-Day 4 Vineyard North Georgia Wine Tasting Tour

£149
Per adult
Luxor Full-Day Private Tour of the East and West Banks
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Luxor Full-Day Private Tour of the East and West Banks

£204
Per adult

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9 Dec 2019

Loved Athens, the people and the town were great. Maybe a bit out of the way but definitely worth the trip!

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12 Oct 2019

Only one day in Athens but seemed good

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