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Driving Trip: Atlanta to Athens

Athens, Georgia, home to groups like R.E.M., the B-52's, and Drive-By Truckers, is still the place to catch new indie music acts on their way up—and enjoy a hip collection of shops, eateries, clubs, and bars.

Destinations: Athens

Hotels (2)

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    Foundry Park Inn & Spa

    Just three blocks from the University of Georgia campus, Foundry Park Inn & Spa blends Southern colonial-style architecture with contemporary ameni

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    Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast

    Just 15 minutes south of Athens, this family-owned country estate is surrounded by lush gardens filled with magnolias and redbuds. The 1893 Victori

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Restaurants (3)

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    Five & Ten

    Don’t be put off by the simple décor; the main focus here is the food, which is why die-hard fans drive hours for the restaurant’s imaginative fall

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    The Grill, Athens

    A local landmark for more than three decades, this 1950's-style diner is just up the block from the main entrance to the University of Georgia camp

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    Weaver D's

    Soul food chef and cookbook author Dexter Weaver operates this neon-green cinderblock café in downtown Athens, overlooking the Oconee River. The ca

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Activities (3)

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    Wuxtry Records

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    Caledonia Lounge

    Housed in an unassuming red-brick building, this tiny concert venue provides an intimate setting for indie, rock, blues, and country music performa

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    40 Watt Club

    One of the most acclaimed indie rock venues in the South, the 40 Watt Club hosts a wide variety of established and emerging bands in an intimate, i

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