Athens is located in northeast Georgia and is the home of the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Each year, thousands of college football fans visit Athens to see the Bulldogs play at Sanford Stadium off East Campus Road. Another popular attraction in Athens is the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The 300-acre property has 11 horticultural and botanical displays, including dahlias, azaleas and rhododendrons. Atlanta is the largest city in the state, and the metro area is home to 5 million people.
Athens Ben Epps Airport (AHN) is a small airport located in Athens. However, most people flying to and from Athens will fly via the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), located 80 miles southwest from Athens and one of the largest airports in the United States. Athens is 70 miles from Atlanta via Highway 316. The Athens transit system provides bus service throughout Athens and runs 18 routes within the city.
The weather in Athens is sunny most of the year. Each summer, downtown Athens hosts Athfest, its annual music festival. The city also hosts KidsFest, a celebration that features music, arts and crafts for kids. Locals and tourists enjoy the bars and clubs located in Athens. One of the most popular bars is The Globe Bar, located on North Lumpkin Street.