Appealing ATHENS, almost seventy miles east of Atlanta, is home to the 30,000-plus students of the University of Georgia and has a liberal feel. Its compact downtown, north of campus, is alive with clubs, bars, restaurants, galleries and – of course – record stores; Broad Street in particular is lined with arty shops. The town is probably best known as the home of rock groups such as R.E.M., the B-52s and Widespread Panic, and remains one of the top college music towns in the nation.

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