Athens, located about an hour and a half northeast of Atlanta, below the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a thriving college town. Home to the University of Georgia, the town has a young cosmopolitan population of just over 10,000.

Athens has a redeveloped historic downtown with award-winning restaurants, galleries and specialty shops. As the birthplace of world-famous bands REM and the B-52, Athens prides itself in having the best college music scene in North America.

The self-guided Athens Music Walking Tour takes visitors through some of the most significant spots in Athens’ rich musical heritage. Numerous venues throughout town feature live musical acts each day.

Art exhibits can be found at the Georgia Museum of Art, the Lyndon House Arts Center and the Ware-Lyndon House museum dating back to the mid 19th century. Musical performances take place at the UGA Performing Arts Center and the Classic Center hosts Broadway productions.

Hotels and motels in Athens, GA are mostly located along Broad St. (route 78 Business) that runs through the heart of town. Most Athens hotels and motels are within 2 miles of both downtown and the Campus of the University of Georgia.