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This small city, home to the 227-year-old University of Georgia, blends Southern history and traditions with a cutting-edge music scene -- it's the birthplace of such rockers as R.E.M., the B-52's and Widespread Panic. During the day, tour Athens' charming historic homes and wander through acres of lush gardens (America's first gardening club was founded here). Don't miss such novelties as the world's only double-barreled cannon and the Tree That Owns Itself (having been bequeathed the plot of land surrounding itself in Colonel W.H. Jackson's will). When night falls, see Athens' thriving music scene come to life in a variety of clubs and bars, playing everything from rock and jazz to country and classical.