"Off the Highway Traffic" Marion by BruceDunning

Marion Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 22 photos

On the Move-Through Mostly

This once was a sleepy little town that had, and still had Highway 57 running alongside it. That has given it a stimulus over the years as drivers stop off for the night because few places within 50-70 miles either way have accomodations worth staying at. Since I last stayed here, retail has now popped up to serve those tourists, and every fast food chain is represented, as well as a new shopping center.

Fish or Get Well

Basic reasons to have come here was the VA Med Center and fishing at lakes around the area.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quite small town feel in the inner core
  • Cons:Too much traffic around the new retail
  • In a nutshell:A place to drive by and maybe a short stay.
  • Last visit to Marion: May 2011
  • Intro Updated Jun 5, 2011
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  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Looks like there was a little attempt (with the clock tower) to do some modern building that complimented the old part of town. I spent some time in the San Juan Islands this past summer, and even though a few of the places in Friday Harbor are modern they at least were built to blend in with the older buildings in town - at least in the downtown core. Towards the edge of town it is typical strip mall stuff. Even so, they only have two chain representations of anything: an Ace Hardware store and a Best Western hotel. No McDonald's, no Dairy Queen, not even a Starbucks (which is saying something in western Washington!).

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Quality Inn looks like a nice place to stay when visiting in town.

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