The eclectic college town of Athens, home to the University of Georgia, is nestled just below the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains 61 miles northeast of Atlanta. A vibrant, restored and funky Victorian-era downtown offers a multitude of choices for dining, local brews, shopping and live music. The shady tree-lined streets of the city coupled with the classic on-campus looks make Athens a special place to film and a killer place to visit.
This Athens railroad trestle appeared on the back cover of R.E.M.'s debut album "Murmur."
Wuxtry Records is an independent music store that is a must-stop for music lovers in Athens, Georgia.
Enjoy live music in downtown Athens at the 40 Watt Club.
Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise performs at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia. Credit: Jason Thrasher
Five Eight performs at Melting Point in Athens, Georgia. Credit: Cara Pastore
The Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia, is known for its live music shows.
Catch a bluegrass show on Terrapin Tuesday at the Melting Point in Athens, Georgia.
Tours of the Terrapin Beer Co. in Athens, Georgia, often feature live music.
Terrapin Brewing Co. in Athens, Georgia, combines great brews with live music.
Athens featured in "Trouble with the Curve"
Athens. Ga. was featured in the film "Trouble with the Curve" Credit: Norman Bielowicz
This Athens soul food restaurant inspired an R.E.M. album title. Credit: Rachel Bailey
Brantley Gilbert scored his first No. 1 hit with "Country Must Be Country Wide" in 2011. Credit: 2011 The Valory Music Co., LLC
The crowd went crazy when fellow Georgian Ludacris joined Jason Aldean onstage April 13 for their hit, "Dirt Road Anthem." Credit: Chris/Todd Owyoung
Jason Aldean, who will host the 2013 CMT Music Awards in June, performed at Sanford Stadium in Athens in April. Credit: Chris/Todd Owyoung
Jason Aldean's Night Train Tour drew more than 66,000 fans to Sanford Stadium in Athens. Credit: Chris/Todd Owyoung
Modern Skirts will play its last show at AthFest on June 21, 2013.