Just 20 miles north of Atlanta, Marietta was once a distant second city to its big brother to the south. But Atlanta's rapid growth over the last three decades has more or less swallowed up the divide, turning Marietta into a self-contained suburb of the capital of the Southeast.
But Marietta is not without its own identity. The city's six historic districts and historic downtown square feel worlds apart from the urban grind of Atlanta – hop a trolley for a tour. While Marietta’s biggest landmark is undoubtedly the Big Chicken -- a 56-ft-tall retro Kentucky Fried Chicken sign – there are more well-heeled sites to visit. The Marietta Museum of History showcases military memorabilia and aircraft to explore. Die-hard Scarlett O’Hara fans appreciate the Marietta “Gone with the Wind” Museum, a fine accompaniment to Atlanta's Margaret Mitchell House and Museum.
While those attractions draw some tourists, most visitors to Marietta are on business – Dobbins Air Reserve Base and Lockheed Martin are major employers here. Luckily, this business hub is pleasant as peaches.