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Athens GA Rankings and Accolades:

What They're Saying

We Athenians are loyal and passionate about our city. But don't take our word for it. See what others are saying about Athens, Georgia, then be sure to plan a visit to come see for yourself! We've tracked the following Athens press coverage, travel articles, rankings, and accolades:
 

2017

  • "Best College Football Towns in America" (ranked #2), USA Today Sports, Nov. 17, 2017
  • "7 U.S. Cities that are Hipper Than you Think," Jetsetter, Nov. 1, 2017
  • "12 Best Music Towns in the Nation," Expedia, September 25, 2017
  • UGA, one of the "South's Most Beautiful Colleges," Southern Living, September 2017
  • "Underrated food cities in the south," USA Today, September 18, 2017
  • "Best Small Towns in the South for Retirement," Southern Living, June 2017
  • Wildwood Revival, "Nine Southern festivals well worth adding to the calendar," Garden & Gun, June 15, 2017
  • "Prettiest Town in Every State" - The Daily Meal, May 2017
  • "Best Places to Retire in 2017" - Forbes
  • "2017's List of Best Places to Retire" - AARP
  • #2, "Top 5 Mid-sized South Atlantic Cities," RewardExpert.com, April 2017
  • #3, "South's Best Breweries, 2017," Southern Living, April 2017
  • #7, 10 "Best Botanical Gardens," USA Today 10Best, March 31, 2017
  • #1, "The 24 coolest towns in the USA," Matador Network, March 15, 2017
  • #3, "The Most Overlooked Cities in the USA," DK Travel, March 2017
  • "3 Reasons Athens Rocks this Spring and Summer," ExploreGeorgia.org, March 7, 2017
  • "Top Spring Gardens Worth Traveling For," FlipKey, February 15, 2017
  • "Why Athens Deserves a Spot on Your Bucket List," StyleBlueprint.com, January 2017
  • "8 Film Festivals Worth the Trip," ExploreGeorgia.org, January 2017
  • "Best Trips 2017," National GeographicTraveler, December 2016 / January 2017
  • Terrapin Brewing Company, Top Brewer in Georgia, RateBeer Best Awards, 2016 & 2017

2016

  • "25 Most Giving Cities in the U.S.," Travelocity.com, November 9, 2016
  • "25 Best Day Trips from Atlanta," VacationIdea.com, November 8, 2016
  • "9 Places to Shop for Georgia-made gifts," ExploreGeorgia.org, November 8, 2016
  • "Nicest Place in the South: October 2016," PorterBriggs.com, October 1, 2016
  • #1, "Top 25 College Towns," Fansided, September 28, 2016
  • "Best of the Southeast, Travel Like A Local and Drink," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 25, 2016
  • Seabear Oyster Bar, "Where in the World to Eat (greatest restaurants around the globe)," Conde Nast Traveler, September 20, 2016
  • #13, "The 18 Most Underrated Cities in the U.S.." Conde Nast Traveler, September 2016
  • "Best College Towns in America" (#10), CollegeRank, August 2016
  • "19 Best College Towns in America," MSN Lifestyle and  PureWow, August 17, 2016
  • "Best College Towns in America for Food," MSN Lifestyle, July 15, 2016
  • "#1 SEC City for Craft Beer," SEC Country, July 2016
  • "Top 17 Most Affordable U.S. Cities of 2016," Inuit Mint, July 1, 2016
  • "Best Town in College Football," Athlon Sports, June 23, 2016
  • Five & Ten, "America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2016," Wine Enthusiast, June 2016
  • "The 9 Best Cities for Singer-Songwriters," Livability.com, April 24, 2016
  • "25 Best Places to Retire," Forbes.com, April 4, 2016 
  • "Final Four - Best Southern College Towns," GardenandGun.com, March 29, 2016
  • "These Are the Best New Cities for Beer Lovers," Fortune.com, March 2, 2016
  • "Athens Favorite Five and Ten Gets National Recognition," ExploreGeorgia.org, February 22, 2016
  • "9 Bike-Friendly Cities in Georgia," Georgia Trend, February 2016
  • The 12 Best U.S. Cities for Music Lovers," The Culture Trip, January 10, 2016
     

2015

  • "Great Small Towns to Visit in 2016," VisitSouth, December 6, 2015
  • "5 Budget-Friendly Halloween Activities in Geogia," ExploreGeorgia.org, October 8, 2015
  • "Athens, GA: Creative Culture - Biotech, Bulldawgs, and Intown Business," Georgia Trend, October 1, 2015
  • "Doggie Style in the SEC: Part 3," TravelTails.net, September 30, 2015
  • Athens Farmers Market, "The South's Best Farmers' Markets," Southern Living, September 2015
  • "5 Reasons to Visit Athens, GA," LL World Tour, September 23, 2015
  • "Best College Football Towns," Travel + Leisure, September 7, 2015
  • "Underrated Summer Vacation Spots You Need to Visit," American Live Wire, July 9, 2015
  • Athens, GA City Guide, Design Sponge, June 2, 2015
  • "Three Must-Try Georgia Farmer's Markets," Explore Georgia, May 11, 2015
  • "These Spring Cocktails Will Wet Your Whiste," Explore Georgia, May 8, 2015
  • "Best College Towns for Food & Drink," Thrillist, May 6, 2015
  • "5 Rooftop Dining Destinations in Georgia," Explore Georgia, April 24, 2015
  • "UGA ranked No. 2 among college towns in SEC," 247Sports.com, April 21, 2015
  • "Take Five: The Essential Athens, GA," PasteMagazine.com, April 21, 2015
  • "Best Under-the-Radar Family Destinations in the U.S.", VacationIdea.com, April 20, 2015
  • Creature Comforts, "Best New Breweries in the U.S." The Daily Meal via Fox News, January 13, 2015
     

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