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If you make the trek to Athens to cheer on the Red and Black, do yourself a favor and check out the non-football side of the Classic City. Athens is an eclectic, beautiful town, nestled among the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northeast Georgia.
The university is the center of the city and a big part of its history – Georgia is the first state-chartered university in the United States, having formed in 1785 – but there’s more to the school than football. Beautiful architecture is prevalent throughout campus. The Arch, located on the edge of campus and next to downtown, is a famous spot for picture-taking.
Athens may be as famous for its music as its football. Rolling Stone has christened the city as possessing the No. 1 college music scene in America. World-renowned acts such as REM, Widespread Panic, and the B-52s got their start playing in small Athens venues such as the 40 Watt Club, Allen’s, and the Georgia Theatre. Downtown music venues, along with coffee shops, restaurants and bars, and boutiques and antique stores populate the tree-lined streets of Athens, a short walk from campus. The Globe bar landed on Esquire’s list of top American bars in 2007 (ranking third).
The city also features a lively literary scene, as poets, authors and playwrights come to Athens to showcase their work. The Georgia Museum of Art highlights an arts culture that has landed Athens on AmericanStyle’s top 25 list of American Arts Destinations every year since 2002.
The 2,053-seat Classic Center plays host to cultural events year-round including Broadway productions, film festivals, and performances by the Athens Symphony. Athens is also home to the 313-acre State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, and the Georgia Museum of Natural History, located on campus, features a variety of collections from archaeology to rocks and minerals. The Morton Theatre, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and first opened in 1910 as one of the first vaudeville theaters in the nation, presents drama and music events. The city’s Human Rights Festival, held annually, features well-known speakers.
Athens is a good place to get some exercise, too, as bicycling is a popular way to get around the city. Athens plays host to cycling events throughout the year.