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Why it's a hot ticket in 2009: That's right, Athens, Georgia, not Greece. This destination turned up on this year's list of Dozen Distinctive Destinations from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a group known for having good taste and an eye for style. But don't think Athens is sleepy and all musty history. Athens touts itself as a great mix of hip -- home of the B-52s and R.E.M. -- and history, with 15 neighborhoods on the historic preservation list. Notable must-dos: visit four 19th century mansion museums and take a driving tour of 21 historic African American sites.
-- Mary Forgione
Pictured: University of Georgia Bulldogs fans