Marquette (Michigan)Marquette is a city in the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) of the state of Michigan.
Marquette is a university town, and shares some sensibilities with other college towns around the country. This also means that many, although by no means all, of the young adults are university students.
phone: +1-906-346-3308A former U.S. Air Force base converted to civilian use. Direct flights from Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis.
By busIt is possible to take the Greyhound into Marquette.
By carIf you drive up from the Lower Peninsula, take US-2 along the southern shore of the U.P. for a scenic drive. With a few local exceptions, all highways in the U.P. are 2-lane. Passing lanes have been added along US-2 and M-28, to help traffic flow.
Driving in the Upper Peninsula during winter can be treacherous, but the county crews do a good job of clearing, salting, and sanding the major roadways, as do the crews in Marquette. Side streets can be very slippery if snow-covered.
By carFor the most part one would want to take a car, especially in winter when snow or ice covers everything.
By bicycleIn the summer you can rent bicycles from some of the local bike shops. Marquette has several bike paths, one of which runs alongside the lake from Presque Isle Park to the intersection of M-28 and US-41. Biking on M-28. Additionally, the back roads around town are rather pleasant and the traffic isn't too harsh.
Lakeshore Bikesphone: +1 906 228-7547address: 505 N Lakeshore Blvdhas bike rentals available.
By busThere is also county-wide bus service, which runs a few fixed routes and also offers door to door service.
address: Gries Hall, 7th St and Lee Dr
address: Tracy & 7th Street
Marquette Maritime MuseumTour the lighthouse while you're here. You must make an appointment beforehand.
phone: +1-906-226-3571address: 145 W. Spring Street
Lake SuperiorYou can view the lake at many spots around Marquette's east side.
- Iron ore boats in the Upper Harbor are a sight to behold; you can see them docked at the Upper Harbor ore dock, next to Presque Isle Park during the upper Great Lakes shipping season.
- Fall colors: In September and October, the forests are filled with a variety of reds, yellows and oranges as the maple, birch, aspen, and other leafed trees get ready for winter.
Arch and Ridge Streets Historic District
phone: +1 906-228-3072 or +1 906-362-3785Every winter this race is held and the start is immediately followed by fireworks off of the dock in downtown.
phone: +1-877-228-5447offers kayak outings around the U.P., including trips to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Marquette Mountainoffers several runs for alpine skiing, just south of Marquette's city limits.
The Noquemanon TrailThis race goes from Ishpeming to Marquette.
HikingHiking opportunities are abundant, with many hikes heading up the big hills in the area that overlook the lake. One can hike up Sugarloaf Mountain or Hogback Mountain and then hike back down to the Lake for a relaxing lounge on the beach. For additional trails, not yet listed here, see City of Marquette's list public trails on its website.
Sugarloaf MountainThis is a good, short hike north of town. Two routes are maintained: one route is a steeper climb, and the other ascends more gradually. Both routes include staircases over rock outcroppings, especially near the summit. The view from the top is spectacular - a great photo spot. Also one of the best places for autumn foliage viewing.
Presque Isle ParkA city-owned area with boat slips, picnic areas, trails, a sheltered pavilion, and a refreshment shop. Presque Isle Park is flanked by the Upper Harbor to the south, and by Lake Superior to the east and north, and northwest. It's a city park but feels much bigger. The trail around the perimeter of the island meanders through the woods, occasionally popping out for breathtaking views of cliffs and the lake. Presque Isle Park is found by following Lake Shore Drive northward, just past the north harbor ore dock. The refreshment shop is closed in the winter, as is the one-lane, one-way road around the "Island," as the park is known locally, but remains open to snow-showing, cross-country skiing, and hiking in the winter months.
BikingMarquette has challenging trails for freeride mountain biking.
- Follow the bike path from Presque Isle Park, all the way to south Marquette. This path was added within the last 10 years or so, and has become very popular. Just be prepared to share it with pedestrians and the occasional rollerblader.
Oar to ShoreIn the summer, Marquette is host to the Ore to Shore mountain bike race.
FishingYou can fish Lake Superior, the inland lakes, and many creeks and streams. Licensing, minimum length of caught fish, and fish limits are regulated by the Michigan DNR, which publishes a fishing guide .
phone: +1-877-228-5447address: 434 East Prospect StFishing trips on Lake Superior. Otherwise you can fish off of the breakwall downtown, which is accessible from the Coast Guard station off of Lakeshore Drive (just north of downtown), or one of the inland lakes and streams.
Art on the RocksAn outdoor art show.
- Annual Fourth of July fest at Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park, just steps from downtown. Also the site for fireworks.
IndoorsBad weather? Had enough of the outdoors? Check out these alternatives.
Northern Michigan University sporting eventsNorthern Michigan University (aka, 'Northern' or 'NMU') has a good hockey team and it's worth going to the games. NMU is also home to the Superior Dome, one of the largest wooden domes in the world and host to NMU football and indoor track
Marquette's downtown offers plenty of shopping, with many one of a kind shops and local offerings. Regional and national chain stores can be found at the Marquette Mall and the Westwood Mall, along US-41 west.
phone: +1-906-226-9851Fresh fish on the lakeshore near downtown
address: South Front St.Jewelry and gifts
Wattson & WattsonU.P. gold jewelry
phone: +1-800-746-7438address: 218 S. Front StThis store carries outwear, men's and women's fashions.
phone: +1 906 273-2848address: 221 W Washington St.
phone: +1 906 226-5040
phone: +1 906-228-5310address: 1635 Presque Isle
phone: +1 906 226-7744address: 223 West Washington St
Huron Mountain Bakeryphone: +1 906 255-1301address: 1301 South Front St
phone: +1 906-228-3533address: No. 119 South Front
phone: +1 906 225-5119address: 2433 U.S. 41 West Marquette
phone: +1 906 225-5946address: 1031 N 3rd StThis restaurant serves over 150 traditional Thai dishes and has a nice atmosphere.
The Rice PaddyTraditional Thai cooked while you wait.
address: 239 W. Washington St
phone: +1 906 226-6110address: 137 W Washington St.Marquette's candy store for decades, but you can have lunch and dinner, too. Leave room for a soda or sundae at the fountain.
address: 927 North Third StServes pizza, Greek salads, and more
phone: +1 906 225-5119address: 2433 U.S. 41 West
phone: +1 906 226-6535address: 1000 N. Third St
phone: +1 906 228-0900address: 113 S. Front St
The DoghouseLocated downtown and has 10 TVs. It is owned by a former NMU Rugby player and many rugby players frequent the bar, however it is still popular amongst all students.
Remi's Baraddress: Third St
The Landmark Innhas a bar downstairs. Also check out the North Star lounge upstairs - It's got the highest of view of Lake Superior and downtown Marquette.
- Ore Dock Brewing Company is a craft brewery that opened in May 2012. Great beers and often concerts, 114 W Spring St.
phone: +1 906 273-1333A cozy pub serving their own brews
phone: +1 906-228-0465 (May to October), +1 906-228-0490 (October to May)address: 2145 Sugarloaf AveA location for campers to pitch their tent or park their RV.
phone: +1 906-251-0219address: 193 Oakridge Drive
phone: +1-800-315-2621address: 1951 US-41 West
Comfort Suites Marquette Hotel2463 US 41 West. 60 suites, including five Whirlpool Suites and two Two-room Executive Suites. Corporate and banquet facilities available.
address: 2472 US Hwy 41 W.Featuring 84 rooms including Whirlpool Suites, Studio Suites, Family Suites, and an Extended Stay Suite. Complimentary continental breakfast. Indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness room. Free wired and wireless internet access. Twenty-four hour business center with printer.
phone: +1 906 228-2580address: 230 N. Front StThe historic Landmark Inn has been fully restored to its original beauty. The decor is inspired by European elegance, as reflected in 62 individually designed guest rooms (many with Jacuzzis, fireplaces and views of Lake Superior and of Marquette). The hotel is 100% smoke-free.