Athens, GA

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Athens_Antebellum_credit_Athens CVBNestled just below the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Athens, Georgia, is the northern gateway to the Antebellum Trail.  Home to the first state-chartered college in America, the University of Georgia, Athens is the quintessential college town known for its creative energy and a distinctive blend of southern heritage and contemporary entertainment. The National Trust for Historic Preservation selected Athens as a Distinctive Destination in 2009 in recognition of the authentic visitor experience provided by its dynamic downtown, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, and strong commitment to historic preservation and revitalization.  Guided and self-guided tours of 17 historic districts and four house museums provide a glimpse into the past of numerous Confederate leaders.   Athens’ restored, Victorian-era downtown historic district remains as vital as ever, housing an eclectic mix of restaurants, retail shops, local art, living space, and the world-renowned music clubs that gave birth to R.E.M., the B-52’s, and hundreds of other bands.

Contact Information:

Athens Welcome Center
280 E. Dougherty St.
Athens, Georgia 30601
866-455-1820
www.athenswelcomecenter.com
Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
300 N. Thomas St.
Athens, GA 30601
706-357-4430
www.visitathensga.com
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