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Marquette (Michigan)

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Marquette [1] is a city in the Upper Peninsula of the state of Michigan.

Get in[edit]

Drive, take the Greyhound, or fly into Sawyer International Airport [2], a former Air Force base converted in recent years to civilian use. Driving in the Upper Peninsula during winter can be treacherous and might not be safe for inexperienced winter drivers. The city is rather isolated on the shores of Lake Superior but than again so is the particular part of the state. The drive there will take you through endless forests and small lakes.

Get around[edit]

For the most part one would want to take a car, especially in winter when snow or ice covers everything. In the summer one could rent bicycles from one of the local bike shops, notably Lakeshore Bikes [3], which is fittingly located on Lakeshore Drive which fittingly runs alongside Lake Superior. Marquette has several bike paths [4], one of which runs alongside the lake from Presque Isle Park [5] to the intersection of M-28 and US-41. Biking on M-28 or the backroads around town is rather pleasant and the traffic isn't too harsh.

There is also county-wide bus service [6], which runs a few fixed routes and also offers door to door service.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Lake Superior(you can access the lake at various spots around Marquette)
  • Ships, the iron ships in the harbor are a sight to behold if you have never seen one before
  • Fall colors, from August to October the forests are filled with a variety of colors from red to yellow and everyshade inbetween.

Do[edit][add listing]

Marquette has the best freeride mountain biking in the country. The trails are insane so you better gear up. In the summer Marquette is host to the Ore to Shore mountain bike race [7] and Superior Bike Fest, which is huge. For good riding advice, stop by Lakeshore Bikes or the Quick Stop Bike Shop. Guys at both shops are avid riders and will be happy to point you in the right direction.

As you might expect the hiking is exceptional as well, 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.

Check out Presque Isle Park [8] for a beautiful drive, bike ride, or hike right in town. 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. Don't miss jumping off the black rocks, accessible from a parking area on the west side of the island - a great place to hang out with friends and chat or have lunch.

Sugarloaf Mountain [9] is another good short hike north of town. Mostly uphill, one route takes you straight up, the other is a little gentler and includes staircases over the rougher spots. The view from the top is spectacular - a great photo spot. Also one of the best places for autumn foliage viewing.

In the winter there is a sled dog race [10], and the start is immediately followed by fireworks off of the dock in downtown. As well in the winter there is a cross country ski race [11] which goes from Ishpeming to Marquette.

In the summer there is the Hiawatha Traditional American Music Festival [12].

Northern Michigan University has a good hockey team and it's worth going to the games. NMU is also home to the Superior Dome, the largest wooden dome in the world (until recently) and host to NMU football and indoor track.

Uncle Ducky's Charter Fishing [13] has fishing 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).

The Marquette Maritime Museum [14] is next to the Coast Guard station. As well there is a historic lighthouse at the Coast Guard station which you can tour. You must make an appointment beforehand.

Marquette Magazine, a free monthly, always has a new list of 101 things to do in Marquette.

Buy[edit][add listing]

The city has an old-fashioned pedestrian-friendly shopping district in the downtown area. It also has a generic retail strip behind parking lots along the highway, with all the same stores you've seen in the strip of every other city in the U.S.

  • Fresh fish from Thill's Fishery, on the lakeshore near downtown.
  • Frozen pasties from Jean Kays to take home.
  • Trillium Wine if you're not from the area. It's an excellent Michigan Chardonnay.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Border Grill
  • Hudson's Classic Grill
  • Jean Kay's Pasties [15]
  • Landmark Inn
  • Portside Inn
  • Sweet Water Cafe
  • The Vierling
  • Toarmina's Pizza home of a very large and tasty 24" Pizza.
  • Togo's Submarine Sandwich Shop
  • Upfront & Company [16]
  • Vango's
  • The Rice Paddy [17] (Traditional Thai cooked while you wait.) By far the best Thai food in the USA. Aoy, the owner is worth the trip alone. Best cream cheese wontons on the plant.
  • Thai House [18] (over 150 traditional Thai items on the menu. Nice atmosphere.)
  • Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • The Doghouse is located 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 is a dive'ish bar downtown.
  • The Third Base is a bar with TVs so you can watch sports.
  • Vango's is a restaurant and bar with Greek food.
  • The Vierling brews their own beer and is also a restaurant. They also have views of the Lake, but you might want to make a reservation for those seats.
  • The Landmark Inn [19] is a historic hotel with a restaurant and bar downstairs. I believe it's the only place in town with a night for folks of different sexual orientations. Also check out the more "swanky" North Star lounge upstairs - It's got the highest of view of Lake Superior downtown.
  • The Matrixx is a nightclub with a DJ and a large dance floor
  • Upfront and Co. is a live music venue and restaurant

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Nordic Bay Lodge [20] 1880 US 41 South (800) 892-9376, (906) 226-7516 Fax (906) 226-0699, ***Nordic Bay Lodge has closed down***
  • Comfort Suites Marquette Hotel 2463 US 41 West. Tel: +1 906 228 0028. Fax: +1 906 228 3893. Close to Sawyer International Airport SAW. 60 spacious and relaxing suites, including five Whirlpool Suites and two Two-room Executive Suites.
  • Econo Lodge Lakeside Marquette Hotel 2050 S US 41. Tel: (906) 225-1305. Fax: (906) 228-7342.
  • Country Inn & Suites, 2472 US Hwy 41 W. (We are on the North side of US 41, approximately 3 miles from Downtown Marquette), (906) 225-1300, [21]. checkin: 3 PM; checkout: 12 PM. Featuring 84 rooms including: guest rooms with with 1 King or 2 Queen beds, Whirlpool Suites, Studio Suites with 1 King bed, Family Suites with either 1 King or 2 Queen beds in a separate bedroom, and an Extended Stay Suite. Deluxe complimentary continental breakfast includes both hot & cold items. Indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness room, as well as complimentary 24 hour access to SNAP Fitness. Free wired and wireless internet access throughout the building, in addition to 24 hour business center with printer. Meeting room available for rent as well.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

The biggest crime you have to worry about is theft, which happens about 4% of the time.  Rarely, a burglary, assault, rape or car robbery happens but all of those crimes together add up to happening less than 1% of the time. Overall you have less than a 5% chance of becoming victim of a crime so you're very safe. [22]

Get out[edit]

Every surrounding town has some sort of tourist attraction. Ishpeming has the Yooper Tourist Trap [23].

Routes through Marquette
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