Published: October 2009Best Adventure Towns

Marietta, Ohio

Plan a long weekend getaway with our Marietta adventure guide, featuring great outdoor escapes, where to stay, and where to eat. Then chime in with your picks.

Pop. 14,307
GPS: 3925'N 8126'W

The biggest hamlet in Ohio's Appalachian foothills, bucolic Marietta is set where the winding Ohio meets the Muskingum River. Locals hit the banks for Music on the Levee, a summerlong open-air concert series (mariettaohio.org/music); in winter the Marietta Brewing Company steps up with live blues and jazz (mariettabrewingcompany.com). Paddlers ply the Little Muskingum alongside century-old covered bridges, while mountain bikers take to trails in the Wilds, a wildlife conservation park with rhinos, zebras, and giraffes (thewilds.org/visit/biking.asp).

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PLAY
Winding beside the Covered Bridge Scenic Byway, the Little Muskingum River provides a peaceful paddle through the Wayne National Forest. Marietta Harbor rents pontoon boats to explore the area ($400 for a day; 740-374-3600).

EAT
Locals rave about Tampico Mexican Restaurant, which serves authentic bites in the middle of the Ohio River Valley (740-374-8623).

SLEEP
Overlook the Ohio and Muskingum rivers from your room in the historic Lafayette Hotel (doubles from $55; lafayettehotel.com). A few times a year, a Delta Queen steamboat will dock at the levee below.

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