Athens, Georgia

<b>Place:</b><b>Athens, Georgia</b><br>
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<b>Why it's a hot ticket in 2009:</b> 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.<br>
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Information:  <a href="http://www.visitathensga.com">www.visitathensga.com</a><br>
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 -- Mary Forgione<br>
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<i>Pictured: University of Georgia Bulldogs fans</i>
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( National Trust for Historic Preservation )

Place:Athens, Georgia

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.

Information: www.visitathensga.com

-- Mary Forgione

Pictured: University of Georgia Bulldogs fans

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