Get to Know Athens
Prep for Your Athens Visit
You'll see a lot of red and black in Athens—the colors of the University of Georgia, or UGA, as the locals call it. College football is king around here. When the Bulldogs are playing, the city pauses to concentrate on the game. But if you think of Athens as just a college town, you're in for a surprise. Named after Greece's ancient center of higher learning, Athens' nickname is the Classic City. You'll find that this Southern hamlet on a hill contains an alluring mix of history and culture that does justice to its moniker.
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Home to the University of Georgia and best known in the modern age for its music scene and football team, the city of Athens has many charms. You'll discover plenty to do in Athens, a big city in its own right, but one with a small-town vibe.