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The Ultimate Post-Grad Bucket List: 4 Amazing Places in Athens That Are a Must-See Before You Leave

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Graduating from college is a huge accomplishment, as well as a major transition. Before you head out from life here at Ikon Athens, be sure to put these destinations on your post-grad bucket list.

Dive into Georgia’s Musical History with a Music History Walking Tour

Athens, Georgia is home to music legends like R.E.M. and the B-52s. It has a rich musical history and abundant venues for live music events. Download this tour map and visit well-known locations like 40 Watt Club which has hosted Snoop Dogg, Run DMC, and Salt n’ Pepa; Coffee Club 11:11 where R.E.M. had its second-ever show; and The Georgia Bar where Beck did a surprise post-concert performance in 2006.

Get on Your Bike & Explore the Firefly Trail

What better way to celebrate than getting some friends together for a bike ride on one of Athens’ most beautiful trails? The Firefly Trail has been around since 2017, and is built upon railroad tracks dating back to the 1800s. Within the county, nearly 7.9 miles of trail will be completed by fall 2022. Enjoy more than four miles that are currently completed and drop by Mama’s Boy when you’re done for some delicious Fried Green Tomato Benedict or Georgia Peach French Toast.

Pamper Yourself with an Athens Spa Day

Book yourself some treatments at Drift Wellness Studio. Try their Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage, or a Massage/Facial Combo. Or, enjoy a reflexology treatment, aromatherapy massage, or hot stone treatment at Urban Sanctuary. You’ve earned a little indulgence, after all!

Get Some Culture at the Georgia Museum of Art

Established in 1945, this art museum houses over 18,000 art pieces. Check out the Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden and their American art collections, which emphasize Southern and African-American art. You can see all of this for free! And when you’re done, be sure to stop by the many galleries in downtown Athens and the Last Resort mural.

Enjoy the post-grad transition here in Athens with these last few adventures before you move on to the next phase of your life. And be sure to follow the Ikon Athens blog to keep up with everything going on in the city.

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