Named a “Top 25 Best Adventure Destination in the World,” Marquette County is found in the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The rugged Huron Mountain range and Lake Superior shoreline define the landscape, making it the perfect place to linger and enjoy all types of outdoor activities.
With spring in the air, it’s time to get back outside and embrace your natural identity.
- Fat tire biking is always in style in Marquette County. Test a ‘fatty’ out on miles of sandy shorelines with easy access.
- Bring or rent a bike to ride along 47 miles of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, a paved route that stretches from Marquette to Republic.
- Trail hiking or running lets you experience amazing vistas from the peaks of Sugarloaf, Hogback and Top-of-the-World mountains. Park and go from well-marked trailheads.
- Waterfalls are at their best. Hike to our 12 most popular wilderness falls and feel the natural rush. Call 800-544-4321 to request your Marquette County Waterfall Map.
- On sunny days, find your beachfront retreat along 83 miles of pristine shoreline without the crowds. Try Wetmore Landing on the road to Big Bay with a view of Little Presque Isle for easy
- Embrace your natural identity in Marquette County, Michigan.
- Travel anytime to Marquette County. Stay awhile where the deep blue of Lake Superior meets the shimmering Northern Lights. Where lodging accommodations exceed your expectations, all within minutes of city or woodland adventures. Where delectable cuisine is served with craft beer coaxed from the purest ingredients.
- Set aside time in your travels to visit sites dedicated to preserving the story of Marquette County. In the city, spend time at the Regional History Center. Visit the statue of Father Marquette, the Jesuit explorer from the 1600’s and Marquette County’s namesake. Linger at the Marquette Maritime Museum and Harbor Lighthouse. In Ishpeming, explore the fascinating Cliffs Shaft Mining Museum and take in the Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
- Adventures of the culinary kind are always easy to find in Marquette County. Choose fine dining as well as a variety of ethnic menus and locally sourced cuisine, including fresh whitefish. Restaurants located downtown and along Third Street in Marquette are locally owned and independently operated, spicing up the county’s food scene. And visit the popular dining establishments of Negaunee and Ishpeming. Be sure to try an authentic U.P. pasty during your visit!
- The fun continues in August with Shriner’s parades in downtown Marquette August 5 and downtown Ishpeming August 6, Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic, racing from Negaunee to the lakeshore of Marquette on August 13, Marquette Trail 50 Ultramarathon August 19-20, North Country Trail Hike August 21, and the music and excitement of Harborfest along with visiting Tall Ships in Marquette Harbor August 26-27.
- The season heats up in July with the International Food Fest July 2-4, Independence Day parades and celebrations July 4, Red Earth Classic Mountain Bike Race July 16, U.P. Shakespeare Festival July 17 through August 3, Hiawatha Music Festival July 22-24, Blueberry Festival July 29, Ishpeming Italian Fest and the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse 150th Birthday Celebration on July 30, and Art on the Rocks July30-31.
- A variety of events fill the calendar with fun activities, great food and treasured memories. Summer begins with the Iron Range Roll, a bike race between Ishpeming and Marquette on June 4, Great Lakes Rodeo June 18-19, Art Week June 19-25, the family-friendly Marquette Trails Festival June 24-26, along with the Downtown Farmer’s Market each Saturday in Marquette.
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