Ohio_-_Marietta_-_Ohio_Riverfront_2.jpg|thumb|right|400px|Ohio River - Marietta]]
'''Marietta''' [http://www.mariettaohio.org/] is a city in [[Southeast Ohio]]. It is located at the confluence of the Muskingum River and Ohio River. Founded in 1788 it is the oldest city in Ohio. From the beginning it was one of Ohio's more important Ohio River ports. It is adjacent to part of the [[Wayne National Forest]].
Marietta, the county seat of [[Washington County (Ohio)|Washington County]], is the first organized settlement in the Northwest Territory. A small town that has preserved its smalltown charm by having been left off of the rail lines and having had no connection to a highway until 1967. Since the construction of Route 7 and the new bridge across the river, Marietta has been on a slow path to resurrection. It has grown to extend from the Ohio Riverfront to the intersection of Interstate 77. The historic downtown has
went through several renovation phases, the most recent streetscape program has been the crowning touch. The town derives it's name from Marie Antoinette, the French Queen, who supported the American Revolution. It is now one of the [[Ohio Valley]] and Southeastern Ohio's favorite destinations.
[[Image:Ohio_-_Marietta_2_Williamstown_WV_bridge_jpg.jpg|thunb|right|250px|Marietta to Williamstown, WV, Bridge]]
Interstate 77 connects Marietta with central Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Or by boat, at the Ohio Riverfront. It is located on the State line with [[West Virginia]]. The Ohio River separates the two states. Directly across the river bridge on Ohio Route 6 is [[
Willamstown (West Virginia)|Williamstown]]. [[Parkersburg]], West Virginia is a short distance south with access to I-77.
The nearest airport is the '''Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport''', route 31 off route 2 N, 304
-464-5113, [http://www.flymov.com/]. On weekdays, US Airways has four daily flights to and from [[Pittsburgh|Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania]].
[[Image:Ohio_River_Sternwheeler.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Ohio River Sternwheeler]]
*'''Ohio River Museum''', 601 Front
*'''Ohio River Sternwheel Festival''', [http://www.ohioriversternwheelfestival.org/]]. Ohio River Levee on the corner of Front and Greene
Streets, downtown, always the weekend after Labor Day. Sat. 7: 30P/ 1OP. "Harry J. Robinson" Fireworks. They anchor barges in the middle of the Ohio River and produce one of Ohio's outstanding fireworks displays, from the barges, reflected in the water, with illumination of the bridges, by fireworks. Quite a display. Excellent event!
*'''Marietta Aquatic Center''', 233 Pennsylvania Ave. +1 740 373-2445; [http://aquatic.fireboxstudios.com/]. June 3 - Sept. 4: Daily Noon-
8P. Marietta Aquatic Center is a large water park. Admission: Adults: $6, Youth (Up to 17): $5
*'''Fenton Art Glass''',[http://www.fentonartglass.com/]
the largest manufacturer of handmade colored glass in the United States , has a factory store accross the river in [[Williamstown (West Virginia)|Williamstown, WV.]] and at 104 Front Street in downtown Marietta . Each piece of glass is an artistic creation by skilled glassworkers and decorators.
Excellent Subs 335 Pike St. +1 740 423-1111
*'''Marietta Brewing Company'''
On front St. Good brews and food. Live entertainment on the weekends.
*'''Holiday Inn'''; 701 Pike St, +1 740 374-9660, Fax: +1 740 373-1762, Email: [mailto:[email protected] [email protected]
* '''Best Western Marietta''', 279 Muskingum Dr, +1 740 374-7211, Fax: +1 740 374-7211, [http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=36059].
*'''The Lafayette Hotel''', [[http://www.lafayettehotel.com/]]. Located at the confluence of the Muskingham and Ohio Rivers, is the focal point of the downtown district. The hotel, is on the National Register of Historic Places, and was cited '''"Best of Ohio"''' in Ohio Magazine (January 2004), for its spectacular view and top-notch service.