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Marion is a small town located along the Catawba River Basin at the eastern foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. A high quality of life, safe neighborhoods and lots of recreational opportunities describes the town of Marion. It is conveniently situated just north of Interstate 40 about 35 miles east of Asheville and serves as a gateway between the mountains and the Piedmont district. Five parks are located in the town, including one at the Community Building in Downtown Marion, one in West Marion, one in Cross Mill, one on West Court Street and the Maple Leaf Ballfield. Marion is also just minutes from Lake James, which includes public boat ramps, a state park and camping facilities. Other activities in the area include hiking, mountain biking, gem mining and golf. Just a few minutes south of town is the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway, and other nearby attractions include Mount Mitchell State Park, Linville Caverns and Linville Falls, the Pisgah National Forest and Lake Tahoma reservoir. The city of Charlotte, with its museums, gardens, sports and historical sites, is also just as short drive from Marion.

Surrounding areas: Charlotte, North Carolina (8.9 mi), Monroe, North Carolina (16.5 mi), Mountain Island Lake, North Carolina (19.3 mi), Lake Norman, North Carolina (22.5 mi), Burnsville, North Carolina (25.8 mi), Lake Wylie, North Carolina (28.6 mi), Badin Lake, North Carolina (37.1 mi)

Marion Vacation Rentals

Marion Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Intown Suites Charlotte East7135 Albemarle RdCharlotte, NC2.0 mi.(704) 536-8376
Sun Suites Of Charlotte8530 East Independence BlvdCharlotte, NC3.7 mi.(704) 814-6000
Quality Inn2501 Sardis Rd NCharlotte, NC3.9 mi.(704) 845-2810
In Town Suites Matthews9211 E Independence BlvdMatthews, NC4.0 mi.(704) 845-2001
Comfort Inn9701 E Independence BlvdMatthews, NC4.3 mi.(704) 845-5911
Hampton Inn Matthews9615 Independence Pointe PkwyMatthews, NC4.3 mi.(704) 841-1155
Sleep Inn Matthews9900 Matthews Park DrMatthews, NC4.4 mi.(704) 841-1660
Matthews Courtyard By Marriott11425 East Independence BlvdMatthews, NC5.2 mi.(800) 321-2211
Comfort Inn EastUS 74e & SR 51Matthews, NC5.7 mi.(704) 847-5252
Country Inn & Suites-Charlotte @ I-485 & Hwy 74 In Matthews2001 Mt Harmony Church RdMatthews, NC5.7 mi.(704) 846-8000
Microtel Inn1603 Matthews Mint Hill RdMatthews, NC5.7 mi.(888) 619-9290
Ramada Inn3000 E Independence BlvdCharlotte, NC5.8 mi.(704) 377-1501
Comfort Inn2721 E Independence BlvdCharlotte, NC6.2 mi.(704) 375-8444
Holiday Inn Express13470 E Independence BlvdMatthews, NC6.2 mi.(704) 821-9800
Intown Suites Charlotte Southeast12895 IndependenceMatthews, NC6.2 mi.(704) 882-4768
Howard Johnson Express Inn6426 N Tryon StCharlotte, NC7.1 mi.(704) 596-0042
Comfort Suites7735 University City BlvdCharlotte, NC7.6 mi.(704) 547-0049
Intown Suites Charlotte Northeast7706 N Tryon StCharlotte, NC7.8 mi.(704) 510-5348
Microtel Inn1111 West Sugar Creek RdCharlotte, NC8.1 mi.(704) 598-2882
Country Inn & Suites Charlotte-University131 Mccullough DrCharlotte, NC8.2 mi.(704) 549-8770
Homewood Suites Charlotte N8340 N Tryon StCharlotte, NC8.2 mi.(704) 549-8800
Microtel Inn-charlotte132 Mccullough DrCharlotte, NC8.2 mi.(704) 549-9900
Studioplus123 E Mccullough DrCharlotte, NC8.2 mi.(704) 510-0108
Charlotte Marriott Southpark2200 Rexford RdCharlotte, NC8.3 mi.(704) 916-4080
Hampton Inn Charlotte University Place8419 N Tryon StCharlotte, NC8.3 mi.(704) 548-0905
Crowne Plaza Charlotte201 S Mcdowell StCharlotte, NC8.4 mi.(704) 372-7550
Residence Inn By Marriott Charlotte North8503 N Tryon StCharlotte, NC8.4 mi.(704) 547-1122
Sleep Inn University8525 N Tryon StCharlotte, NC8.4 mi.(704) 549-4544
Adam's Mark Hotel Charlotte555 S Mcdowell StCharlotte, NC8.6 mi.(704) 372-4100
Doubletree Guest Suites Charlotte/South Park6300 Morrison BlvdCharlotte, NC8.6 mi.(704) 364-2400
Best Western Luxury Inn4904 N I-85 Service RdCharolotte, NC8.6 mi.(800) 522-9949
Renaissance Charlotte South Park5501 Carnegie BlvdCharlotte, NC8.7 mi.(704) 501-2510
Hampton Inn Uptown530 E 2nd StCharlotte, NC8.8 mi.(704) 373-0917
Hilton Garden Inn Uptown508 East 2ndCharlotte, NC8.8 mi.(704) 347-5972
Holiday Inn Center City230 N College StCharlotte, NC8.8 mi.(704) 335-5400
Amerisuites Arrowood7900 Frst Point BlvdCharlotte, NC8.9 mi.(704) 522-8400
Barrington Place2410 Aleerton WayCharlotte, NC8.9 mi.(704) 599-1575
Best Value Inn & Suites3200 Queen City DrCharlotte, NC8.9 mi.(704) 398-3144
Brookwood Inn1200 West Sugar CRK RdCharlotte, NC8.9 mi.(800) 716-6115
Candlewood Suites Hotel8812 University East DrCharlotte, NC8.9 mi.(704) 598-9863
Bed & Breakfast
Roswell Inn2320 Roswell AveCharlotte, NC8.2 mi.(704) 332-4915
Inn Uptown-bed & Breakfast129 N Poplar StCharlotte, NC9.1 mi.(704) 342-2800
The Book & Spindle B & B626 Oakland AveRock Hill, SC26.1 mi.(803) 328-1913
Spring Run Bed & Breakfast24 SPG Run LK NormanMooresville, NC27.8 mi.(704) 664-6686

Marion Weather & Climate

The Heartland, near the city of Charlotte, has a moderate, four-season climate. The single most important factor in the state that influences weather is altitude. The Heartland, or central part of the state, is partially protected by the western mountain ranges from the cold air that moves southeastward across the central States. Extreme cold temperatures are rare outside the mountains. The warmest days are found in the interior rather than near the coast. Autumn is the driest season and the season of most rapidly changing temperature. There is no distinct wet or dry season in the state, although July is usually the wettest month. North Carolina is outside the principal tornado area of the U.S., but still averages two or three per year, mostly east of the Mountains in the spring. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to influence the weather about twice in an average year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 51°F 32°F 4.00 in. -
February 55°F 34°F 3.55 in. -
March 64°F 41°F 4.39 in. -
April 72°F 49°F 2.95 in. -
May 79°F 58°F 3.66 in. -
June 86°F 66°F 3.42 in. -
July 90°F 70°F 3.79 in. -
August 88°F 69°F 3.72 in. -
September 82°F 63°F 3.83 in. -
October 72°F 50°F 3.66 in. -
November 62°F 41°F 3.36 in. -
December 54°F 34°F 3.18 in. -

Marion Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Charlotte Douglas International airport (CLT) located about 14 miles west of Marion in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Shelby Municipal airport (EHO) located approximately 51 miles west of Marion in Shelby, North Carolina, the Smith Reynolds airport (INT) located roughly 70 miles northeast of Marion in Winston - Salem, North Carolina, and finally the Piedmont Triad International airport (GSO) located around 75 miles northeast of Marion in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Marion Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Paramount's CarowindsCharlotteNC8.9 mi.
JeepersConcordNC16.1 mi.
Wet 'n Wild Emerald PointeGreensboroNC78.9 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC13.8 mi.
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC78.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Larkhaven Golf ClubCharlotteNC3.9 mi.
DivideMatthewsNC6.0 mi.
Emerald Lake Golf ClubMatthewsNC6.0 mi.
Charles T Myers Public Golf CourseCharlotteNC7.9 mi.
Charlotte Golf LinksCharlotteNC7.9 mi.
Golf Club at BallantyneCharlotteNC7.9 mi.
Highland Creek Golf ClubCharlotteNC7.9 mi.
Oak Hills Golf CourseCharlotteNC7.9 mi.
Olde Sycamore Golf PlantationCharlotteNC7.9 mi.
Paradise Valley Par 3CharlotteNC7.9 mi.
Pawtucket Golf ClubCharlotteNC7.9 mi.
Renaissance Park Golf CourseCharlotteNC7.9 mi.
Revolution Park Golf CourseCharlotteNC7.9 mi.
Sunset Hills Public Golf CourseCharlotteNC7.9 mi.
Charlotte National Golf CourseIndian TrailNC8.7 mi.
Pebble Creek Golf CourseIndian TrailNC8.7 mi.
White Oak GreensWhite OakNC12.3 mi.
Crystal Creek Golf ClubPinevilleNC13.8 mi.
Birkdale Golf ClubHuntersvilleNC17.1 mi.
Monroe Country ClubMonroeNC17.1 mi.
Skybrook Golf ClubHuntersvilleNC17.1 mi.
Stonebridge Golf ClubMonroeNC17.1 mi.
Firethorne Country ClubWaxhawNC19.1 mi.
Green Meadows Golf CourseMount HollyNC19.2 mi.
Fort Mill Golf ClubFort MillSC19.5 mi.
Regent Park Golf ClubFort MillSC19.5 mi.
Springfield Golf ClubFort MillSC19.5 mi.
Lakewood Golf CourseCramertonNC21.4 mi.
Tega Cay Golf ClubTega CaySC22.2 mi.
Eagle Chase Golf ClubMarshvilleNC23.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC92.6 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC94.2 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC94.2 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC113.3 mi.
State Parks
Andrew Jackson State ParkSC25.9 mi. 
Landsford Canal State ParkSC31.0 mi. 
Crowders Mountain State ParkNC33.3 mi. 
Duke Powder State ParkNC35.1 mi. 
Morrow Mountain State ParkNC37.0 mi. 
Kings Mountain State ParkSC37.5 mi. 
LightfactoryCharlotteNC8.9 mi.(Art)
Mint Musuem of ArtCharlotteNC8.9 mi.(Art)
Historic Latta PlantationHuntersvilleNC17.3 mi.(History)
Schiele Museum of Natural HistoryGastoniaNC28.5 mi.(Science)
Stanly County Historic Preservation Commission MuseumAlbemarleNC29.7 mi.(History)
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC52.3 mi.(Art)
Rankin Museum of American and Natural HistoryEllerbeNC53.2 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
DoorsAdvanceNC54.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC60.8 mi.
Riverbanks Zoological Park and Botanical GardenColumbiaSC84.8 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC99.3 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC108.7 mi.

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