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Atlanta Airport Layover Guide: A Short Trip to Marietta, Georgia

March 20, 2018

Use this layover guide if you have at least eight hours to spare at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. It will take you to the nearby city of Marietta, which is a 30 to 60-minute drive via Interstates 75 and 85 with low to moderate traffic.

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Should the span of your layover in Atlanta airport require you to stay in the city for a night, you may opt to stay in one of the many hotels in Marietta so you won’t have to return to the airport to spend the night. This move will save you a lot of travel time.

To enjoy Marietta, you must also have a valid visa to travel in the U.S. or be eligible to apply for admission under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Once you have your documents in order, find out what to do during a layover in Marietta.

Sope Creek Paper Mill Ruins

Sope Creek Paper Mill Ruins

Image via Flickr by Andrew Kalat

The Sope Creek Paper Mill Ruins is one of the most popular trails in Marietta. It has about 5 kilometers of hiking, running, and bicycle trails, and it also provides a glimpse into the history of the American Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1865.

At the heart of the trail, you’ll find the ruins of the paper mill that was powered by the adjacent creek and used to supply much of the paper demand in Atlanta from 1855 to 1902. The paper mill was destroyed, burned, and rebuilt several times until the advent of modern paper mills led to its final demise.

  • Location: 3760 Paper Mill Road SE, Marietta, GA 30067
  • Suggested Duration: two to three hours
  • Travel Time: 30 to 60 minutes by car with low to moderate traffic via Interstates 75 and 85 from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Gone With the Wind Museum

The Gone With the Wind Museum is an homage to Margaret Mitchell, author of the bestselling novel “Gone With the Wind,” which was the basis for the top-grossing film of the same name. The museum houses costumes, dolls, and about 6,000 props and memorabilia from the movie. It’s the perfect delight for any “Gone With the Wind” fan.

  • Location: Scarlett on the Square, 18 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064
  • Admission: $7 for adults and $6 for seniors, students, and members of the military
  • Open Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Travel Time: Approximately 30 minutes by car with moderate traffic via Lower Roswell Road and North Marietta Parkway NE from Sope Creek Paper Mill Ruins.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

If time is not yet a constraint, visit the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, too. Similar to the mill ruins, this park offers magnificent natural views and provides a peek into the past with the well-preserved Civil War Battleground the Atlanta Campaign.

  • Location: 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152
  • Open Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Travel Time: Approximately 35 minutes by car with low traffic via Allgood Road NE from Gone With the Wind Museum.

Overall, a short layover in Marietta offers amazing trails and meaningful glimpses of American Civil War history. If you have a shorter layover, you may check the Culture Trip for sites and attractions near the Atlanta airport.

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Also written in collaboration with Hotel Planner. All words and opinions are mine; photos via Flickr and Pixabay.

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