Most would say that Athens, GA is a college town and to be fair it is. However, I have found that there is so much more to Athens than the downtown bars. Of course, the music scene is world renowned owing to the fame of the B-52s and REM. Yet, remarkable talent abounds in the spoken word, visual arts, comedy, and larger music scene. Interestingly, the rap scene is untapped and brimming to burst. Truly, one doesn't need to travel to Atlanta to find some righteous and bouncin' hip-hop. What's more is that Athens is home to some truly inspired active lifestyle culture; hiking, biking, climbing, circus-arts, running, mixed martial arts, yoga, crossfit, and so on. Indeed, the cycling here is on point! One of the coolest things to be a part of is the Twilight Criterium which is a nighttime pro-cycling race held every spring in downtown Athens. Without a doubt, if you are willing to seek for it, Athens has a vast and varied culture waiting to be explored!