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Marion is one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Illinois. Located at the intersection of Interstate 57 and State Route 13 in the southern part of the state, Marion has a population of 17,011 residents. It is the county seat for Williamson County and is home to the first supermax prison in the United States - the United States Penitentiary Marion. The towns slogan is "Marion: Hub of the Universe," and everything can be found here, from antique shops to shopping malls and super stores. The town is also just 30 minutes from Interstate 64 (to the North) and minutes to Interstate 24 (to the South,) which puts it within easy access to Indianapolis, St. Louis and Nashville. Marion is considered the "gateway" to the Shawnee National Forest and several of the regions most beautiful recreational lakes, including Devils Kitchen, Little Grassy, Lake of Egypt, Rend Lake, Cedar Lake and Kinkaid Lake. The Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge is just a short drive from Marion, and encompasses 44,000 acres plus the largest man-made lake in Southern Illinois. Two State Parks are also nearby: Ferne Clyffe State Park, a 1,000-acre scenic park with unique rock formations and Giant City State Park, which features over 3,000 acres of lush forest and sandstone formations. Many golf courses are in the Marion area, and other recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, swimming, skiing and sightseeing.

Surrounding areas: Lake of Egypt, Illinois (7.5 mi), Carbondale, Illinois (15.1 mi), Makanda, Illinois (18.0 mi), Alto Pass, Illinois (23.5 mi)

Marion Vacation Rentals

Marion Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Americas Best Inns2700 W DeyoungMarion, IL (618) 997-9421
Best Western Airport InnRt 8Marion, IL (618) 993-3222
Comfort Inn2600 W MainMarion, IL (618) 993-6221
Comfort Suites Marion2608 W MainMarion, IL (618) 997-9133
Days Inn Marion1802 Bittle PLMarion, IL (618) 997-1351
Drury Inn Marion2706 W DeyoungMarion, IL (618) 997-9600
Econo Lodge1806 Bittle PlceMarion, IL (618) 993-1644
Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott1400 Halfway RdMarion, IL (618) 993-3011
Hampton Inn2710 W Deyoung StMarion, IL (618) 998-9900
Holiday Inn Express400 Comfort DrMarion, IL (618) 998-1220
Motel 61008 Halfway RdMarion, IL (618) 993-2631
Super 8 Motel Marion2601 W Deyoung StMarion, IL (618) 993-5577
America's Best Value Inn1001 Factory Outlet BlvdWest Frankfort, IL11.5 mi.(618) 932-2171
Gray Plaza Motel1010 W Main StWest Frankfort, IL11.7 mi.(618) 932-3116
Hampton Inn2175 Reed Station PkwyCarbondale, IL12.2 mi.(618) 549-6900
Holiday Inn2300 Reed Station PkwyCarbondale, IL12.2 mi.(618) 549-2600
Best Inns Of America Carbondale1345 E MainCarbondale, IL13.5 mi.(618) 529-4801
Comfort Inn1415 E Main StCarbondale, IL13.6 mi.(618) 549-4244
Heritage Motel1209 W Main StCarbondale, IL13.8 mi.(618) 457-4142
Super 8 Motel Carbondale1180 E Main StCarbondale, IL13.9 mi.(618) 457-8822
Holiday Inn Carbondale800 E Main StCarbondale, IL14.5 mi.(618) 529-1100
Comfort Inn Carbondale141 E MainCarbondale, IL15.0 mi.(618) 519-4244
Ramada Inn801 N Giant City RdCarbondale, IL15.7 mi.(618) 351-6611
Giant City State Park Lodge And CabinsMakanda, IL16.7 mi.(618) 457-4836
Days Inn Benton/West City711 W Main St (#a)Benton, IL18.3 mi.(618) 439-3183
Super 8 Benton/West City711 W Main St (#B)Benton, IL18.3 mi.(618) 438-8205
Riverside Inn MotelRt 5Murphysboro, IL21.6 mi.(618) 687-2244
Limited Inn709 E VineVienna, IL21.8 mi.(618) 658-6300
Comfort Inn100a E Seright StHarrisburg, IL21.9 mi.(618) 252-2442
Budget Inn Motel ViennaRt 146 & I-24Vienna, IL22.1 mi.(618) 658-2802
Super 8100 E Seright StHarrisburg, IL22.6 mi.(618) 253-8081
Uptown Motel605 E Poplar StHarrisburg, IL22.9 mi.(618) 253-7022
Royal Inn1010 S Jefferson StDuquoin, IL24.3 mi.(618) 542-4335
Rend Lake ResortRt 1Whittington, IL24.7 mi.(618) 629-2211
Budget Inn Motel Du QuoinRR 2Du Quoin, IL25.1 mi.(618) 542-5014
Anna Plaza Motel150 E Vienna StAnna, IL25.2 mi.(618) 833-5215
ST Nicholas Hotel12 S Oak StDu Quoin, IL25.2 mi.(618) 542-2183
Hub Motel423 W Main StDuquoin, IL25.5 mi.(618) 542-2108
Lincoln Motel601 E Broad StJonesboro, IL26.6 mi.(618) 833-2181
Fountain Motel112 S Main StPinckneyville, IL29.2 mi.(618) 357-2128

Marion Weather & Climate

The southern tip of Illinois has a humid, continental climate that borders on a humid subtropical climate. The weather varies widely, but the climate is generally one of hot, humid summers and cold winters. The area can receive heavy snowfall and experiences blizzards periodically, although winters in the southern region are more moderate than the northern parts of the state. Average precipitation for southern Illinois exceeds 44 inches per year. Snowfall in this region is usually less than 14 inches. Illinois averages around 50 days of thunderstorm activity per year, which is somewhat above the national average. The state is also vulnerable to tornadoes, with an average of 35 occurring annually.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 38°F 19°F 3.26 in. -
February 44°F 22°F 3.17 in. -
March 54°F 32°F 4.45 in. -
April 65°F 42°F 4.54 in. -
May 74°F 51°F 4.93 in. -
June 83°F 60°F 4.32 in. -
July 87°F 65°F 3.89 in. -
August 86°F 62°F 3.72 in. -
September 79°F 54°F 3.13 in. -
October 68°F 42°F 3.06 in. -
November 54°F 33°F 4.77 in. -
December 42°F 23°F 3.72 in. -

Marion Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Williamson County Regional airport (MWA) located about 4 miles northwest of Marion, the Southern Illinois airport (MDH) located approximately 17 miles west of Marion in Carbondale - Murphysboro, Illinois, the Mt Vernon airport (MVN) located roughly 41 miles north of Marion in Mount Vernon, Illinois, the Barkley Regional airport (PAH) located around 47 miles south of Marion in Paducah, Kentucky, the Cape Girardeau Regional airport (CGI) located about 49 miles southwest of Marion in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and finally the Perryville Municipal airport (K02) located approximately 51 miles west of Marion in Perryville, Missouri.

Marion Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Millsprings Amusement ParkPaducahKY48.6 mi.
Water Parks
Venture WaterparkEddyvilleKY64.7 mi.
Raging Rivers Water ParkGraftonIL117.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Hartland Golf & Recreation CenterMarionIL 
Kokopelli Golf CourseMarionIL 
Green Acres Golf ClubEnergyIL5.0 mi.
Janscos Stardust Golf & Country ClubJohnston CityIL6.1 mi.
Crab Orchard Golf ClubCartervilleIL8.2 mi.
Franklin County Country ClubWest FrankfortIL10.9 mi.
Hickory Creek Golf CourseFrankfortIL11.8 mi.
Hickory Ridge Public Golf CenterCarbondaleIL14.7 mi.
Midland Hills Golf CourseMakandaIL16.5 mi.
Stone Creek Golf CourseMakandaIL16.5 mi.
Benton Country ClubBentonIL20.0 mi.
Shawnee Hills Country ClubHarrisburgIL21.9 mi.
Gambit Golf ClubViennaIL22.5 mi.
Rend Lake Golf CourseWhittingtonIL24.1 mi.
Union County Country ClubAnnaIL26.5 mi.
Saline Golf & Country ClubEldoradoIL28.4 mi.
State Parks
Ferne Clyffe State ParkIL14.9 mi. 
Giant City State ParkIL16.0 mi. 
Lake Murphysboro State ParkIL24.2 mi. 
Wayne Fitzgerrell State ParkIL25.4 mi. 
Dixon Springs State ParkIL28.8 mi. 
Pyramid State ParkIL31.9 mi. 
Trail Of Tears State ParkMO35.1 mi. 
National Quilt MuseumPaducahKY48.6 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
St. Louis Zoological ParkSt. LouisMO92.1 mi.

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