Many college towns don’t seem to have much going on outside of the school, but Athens is rich in Antebellum history and has a music scene that famously supported bands R.E.M. and the B-52s. It’s also developing a well-known restaurant scene, particularly with Chef Hugh Acheson’s restaurants The National and Five and Ten. The image above is a railroad trestle featured in R.E.M.’s album cover for Murmur.
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Caroline Eubanks is the editor of this website, a Lowell Thomas award-winning travel writer, and the author of This Is My South: The Essential Travel Guide to the Southern States. Her stories from the South have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Afar, Thrillist, Roads and Kingdoms, and BBC Travel.
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