Take a hip trip to Athens, Georgia! 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., Zach Brown Band, Widespread Panic and the B-52's is alive and well today!

Nestled amongst the rolling hills of northeast Georgia, Athens is a vibrant college town of more than 110,000 residents. Incorporated in 1806, the city is actually younger than the University of Georgia, which was chartered in 1785. Over the years, Athens has become a cultural hotspot, a mecca for music and the arts. It has become commonplace to see Athens ranked in any variety of polls, ranging from Best College Towns and Arts Destinations to Cheap Summer Trips and Best Places for Retirement.

The centerpiece of Athens is its downtown area. Downtown is full of life from morning to night. More than 65 specialty shops, 55 restaurants and cafes, and 40 taverns and nightspots fill downtown and maintain a constant buzz of action. Downtown is a must-see for any visitor.

Athens is definitely a college town. The largest demographic of the over 115,000 residents in the town (32%) are college aged (18-24).

Want to get away? How about an hour west to the South's largest city, Atlanta. A city of over 5 million, Atlanta blends the old and the new very well. A historically rich southern city is now a major player in the country's commercial center. Coca-Cola, CNN, and Delta Airlines are just a few of the big businesses located in Atlanta. Lots of professional athletes, musicians, writers and actors call Georgia's state capital home.

Like the beach? Just a few hours to the southeast Georgia boasts over 100 miles of coastline. One of the South's most beloved cities, Savannah is a major port for both the state and the country. Savannah attracts millions of visitors each year to visit the historic city. Beach areas like St. Simons Island, Tybee Island and other Barrier Island dot the Georgia coast and are great places to get away.

Mountains? Yep, we have that too. The southern part of the Smokey Mountains extend into Northwest Georgia. Springer Mountain marks the start of the Appalachian trail which extends over 2,000 miles up into Maine.


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