Travel Guide to Athens, Georgia

By Ricky Gomulka

Updated August 22, 2023

Fact Checked By Kevin Bales

Whether you’re in town for a game at the University of Georgia, checking out the lively music scene, or exploring the rich history, Athens, Georgia is full of Southern charm. Here’s how we suggest spending a weekend in this vibrant college town.

Where to Stay

The Graduate Athens offers a cool college vibe, located in the heart of downtown. Check out the boutique Hotel Indigo Athens for a mix of modern design and classic Southern hospitality. For a homey bed and breakfast, the Magnolia Terrace B&B is a lovely, family-owned establishment in a historic house.

Athens, Georgia, offers unique accommodations blending college vibes and Southern hospitality. Key spots include Graduate Athens, with its college-inspired theme; Hotel Indigo Athens, offering modern design; and Magnolia Terrace B&B for a classic stay.

Where to Dine

Savor traditional Southern cooking at Mama’s Boy. The biscuits and gravy are a must-try. For upscale dining, visit The National for Mediterranean-inspired dishes made with local ingredients. Get your caffeine fix at Jittery Joe’s — a favorite among UGA students.

For dining in Athens, GA, Mama’s Boy is a must-visit for Southern cooking, The National offers Mediterranean-inspired dishes in an upscale setting, and Jittery Joe’s is the go-to for coffee enthusiasts, especially UGA students.

What to Do

Visit the Georgia Museum of Art on the UGA campus. Take a walk at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 313 acres of beautiful gardens and trails. Check out the local music scene at the 40 Watt Club, a cornerstone of Athens’ vibrant music scene.

Athens’ attractions not to miss include the Georgia Museum of Art, showcasing extensive art collections; the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, perfect for nature lovers; and the 40 Watt Club, a historic venue central to Athens’ vibrant music scene.

How to Get There

Ben Epps Airport (AHN) is the primary airport for flying into Athens. Private Charter from New York City (Teterboro) to Athens – starting at $10,800 for a Turboprop Private Charter from Los Angeles (Van Nuys) to Athens – starting at $26,500 for a Very Light Jet Private Charter from Seattle to Athens – starting at $32,400 for a Light Jet Private Charter from Miami to Athens – starting at $13,800 for a Midsize Jet Private Charter from Chicago to Athens – starting at $16,000 for a Super Mid Jet or $20,800 for a Heavy Jet Check out our flight cost calculator to start planning your trip to Athens.