Athens Georgia is located approximately 40 miles east of Atlanta, tucked away in the northeastern part of the state. The University of Georgia is located in this college town and is one of the most renowned attractions in Athens Georgia. When you're planning your Athens travel, you'll want to try to schedule a trip to the university. UGA literally put Athens Georgia on the map. The university is responsible for the initial creation of Athens and its subsequent growth. So, when you're booking Athens travel, take a trip over to Bulldog land. Many of the centuries-old buildings, including the old college, chapel and main library are nestled into a range of glorious oaks set on the original campus quadrangle.
Many travelers heading to Georgia first look into Atlanta and Savannah, but are surprised to find out all that an Athens vacation has to offer. Culture mingles with the student body, creating an art and music scene and an intellectual environment that makes Athens Georgia a unique and one-of-a-kind experience. Culture in Georgia is not confined only to Atlanta and Savannah. An Athens vacation provides a whole unique range of options for things to do and places to see.
Athens travel offers something for everyone, from the seasoned independent music lover, to nature aficionados. The elevated intellectual atmosphere and the fast pace of college life gave rise to one of the most notable independent music scenes in the early 1990s, and the tradition of excellence in music and entertainment has continued on. If music and nightlife are your scene, you will want to check out the nationally renowned 40 Watt Club, which gave rise to such notable Athens bands as R.E.M. and the B52s. The city has music venues, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops that cater to its creative climate. Another hotspot not to be missed during your Athens vacation is the Globe. Esquire Magazine ranked it as the third top bar in the entire country in 2007.
If you want the pace of your Athens travel to be a bit more leisurely, take a trip over to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia or the University of Georgia Campus Arboretum. The Garden contains eleven botanical and horticultural collections and is located at 2450 South Milledge Avenue. The University Arboretum is a beautiful facility on the UGA campus, open free of charge everyday. Another option is to take a trip down one of the eight Garden Trails on campus that are strewn with carefully chosen landscapes and gorgeous flowers. The University of Georgia in Athens was established in 1785 and remains one of the city's most treasured attractions.
For those interested in exploring the historical side of Athens Georgia, a trip down the Civil War Heartland Leaders Trails may be in order. Insights into the lives and legacy of many of the old Confederacy's leaders may be found here, as many of them lived and traveled through the Athens area in the later part of the eighteenth century.
Whether it's sports, music, nature, or history that interests you, there are countless things to do in Athens Georgia.
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