Published: October 2009Best Adventure Towns
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.
GPS: 39°25'N 81°26'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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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).
Locals rave about Tampico Mexican Restaurant, which serves authentic bites in the middle of the Ohio River Valley (740-374-8623).
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.