Athens is brimming with Bulldog pride. Home to University of Georgia’s Dawgs, the city is a mix of cool college kid energy and nostalgia. As you walk around the city, you will see that there a few sides to this historic town. From quirky signs extolling “sweatah weathah,” to a lively dive bar scene, to art, to plenty of live music (and music walking tours), the pulse in Athens is lively.
It takes between 90 minutes to two hours to make the 70-mile drive northeast from Atlanta — perfect for a quick weekend trip from the city if you’re looking to round out a trip in the Peach State. Once here, there’s no shortage of things to do.