Ishpeming is a town in the Upper Peninsula of the state of Michigan. With a population of 6,470, it is a primary city on the Marquette Iron Range. Ishpeming has an extensive mining history, and is considered the birthplace of organized skiing in the United States. Today, Ishpeming is known for being the home of the National Ski Hall of Fame, its strong Italian heritage, antiquing opportunities, and outdoor recreation.
Ishpeming is located on US-41, approximately 15 miles west of Marquette and 3 miles west of Negaunee. The easiest and most common way to reach Ishpeming is by car. When coming from the east (the direction of Marquette), visitors will turn left on 2nd Street to reach the downtown area, immediately past the National Ski Hall of Fame. If coming from the west (the direction of L'anse and the Keweenaw Peninsula), visitors will turn right on Lake Shore Drive to access downtown. Ishpeming can also be reached by bicycle. The Iron Ore Heritage Trail runs from Marquette to Ishpeming, and the trail has a number of interpretive stops and trailheads, including the Cliff Shaft Museum.
Ishpeming is also served by Indian Trails Bus Lines , which operates a daily intercity bus service between Hancock, Michigan, and Milwaukee.
Ishpeming has ample and free street parking, and is easily accessed by car. The entire city is less than 2.5 miles across, and the downtown significantly smaller, so it can be conveniently traversed on foot. Almost everything Ishpeming has to offer can be seen on foot, by bike, or by car. There is no local public transportation, with the exception of the MarqTran buses, which run infrequent fixed routes to and from Marquette and do not serve tourist destinations.
- The Cliff Shaft Mine Museum, 501 W Euclid Street, ☎ (906) 485-1882. The museum offers a number of displays in the Historical Dry Building and outside including displays of miners and mines past and present, headgear & other safety equipment available to miners of yesteryear, displays on blasting and diamond drilling equipment, various types of communication available to the miners, and a laboratory display where samples of iron ore were tested. In addition, the Ishpeming Historical Society room displays local historical artifacts representing the local community during the great mining era, and the Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club room and displays over 500 minerals. Guided tours of the tunnels are offered. edit
- US National Ski Hall of Fame, 610 Palms Avenue, ☎ (906) 485-6323, . This iconic, ski-slope shaped building is located just off of US-41. Ishpeming is considered the birthplace of organized skiing in the United States, and the museum celebrates that heritage, as well as the accomplishment of national skiers. It houses an extensive collection of artifacts and archives relating to the history of skiing. It has 20,000 square feet of space containing displays on over 400 members, trophies, clothing and equipment. There is a gift shop, library, and theater. edit
- Da Yoopers Tourist Trap and Museum, 490 N Steel Street, ☎ (906) 485-5595, . A combination tacky tourist attraction, local history museum, gem and mineral showcase, and gift shop. Boasts the world's largest working chainsaw, and the largest hunting rifle. Also features a mining exhibit, locally made products and gifts, chainsaw carvings, and souvenirs. edit
- Al Quaal Recreation Area, 501 Poplar Street, ☎ (906) 486-8301, . A large recreation area situated on the shore of Teal Lake. Offers 13 kilometers of cross country skiing trails and a tobaggan slide in the winter. Trails follow backcountry routes and skirt several inland lakes, offering a very remote experience. In the summer, the park offers hiking, tennis, picnic, swimming, and boating options, among others. edit
- Iron Ore Heritage Trail, (Trailhead 5 in Ishpeming is located at Hematite Heights, off of Business M-28. Trailhead 4 is at the Cliff Shaft Museum), ☎ (906) 235-2923, . The Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a 48 mile, mixed use trail network in Marquette County. The trail connects major communities while offering a historical tour of the mining heritage in the Marquette area. It is also a beautiful trail network, great for biking, running, or walking. Ishpeming has two trailheads, one in the historic Hematite Heights area, where many of the regions first mines and buildings are located, as well as a trailhead at the Cliff Shaft Museum. To the east the trail runs through Negaunee to Marquette and along the Lake Superior shore. To the west, the trail stretches further west toward the town of Republic. edit
- Suicide Hill Ski Jumps, Suicide Bowl Road, . Part of the Ishpeming Ski Club, Suicide Hill is one of the highest ski jumps in Michigan. Located in Suicide Bowl, there are actually 5 jumps, with Suicide Hill, the tallest at 90 meters. There is an annual Suicide Hill Ski Jump Tournament held every winter. The area also has an extensive cross country ski trail. edit
- Italian Fest, Al Quaal Recreation Area, 501 Poplar Street, . Ishpeming has a strong Italian heritage, which is celebrated annually at the Italian Fest, which takes place at the Al Quaal Recreation Area. Food (including local cudighis), drinks, games, and entertainment is provided. edit
- Art Faire and Renaissance Festival, Lake Bancroft Park, Cliff Street, . Family-friendly Renaissance Festival with medieval-style games, food, live music, dancers and vendors selling a variety of crafts and artisanal products. edit
Ishpeming is known throughout the region for its strong Italian heritage. There are a number of popular Italian eateries that range from cheap to quite formal. Additionally, Ishpeming is home to several diners and family restaurants. Although it lacks the vibrant dining scene of nearby Marquette, Ishpeming has plenty of options and is a great place to experience traditional, family-owned Italian-American cuisine.
- Congress Pizza, 106 Main St. A locally popular pizza restaurant that serves a signature, thin-crust style pizza. Also known for their cudighi (a type of Italian sausage found only in the Upper Peninsula). The restaurant also has a full bar, outdoor seating, and arcade games. edit
- Ralph's Italian Deli, 601 Palms Ave, . An Italian restaurant offering takeout and a diner-style sitting area. Ralph's also offers fresh Italian meats and cheeses, as well as a wide selection of specialty Italian groceries. edit
- The Venice Pub and Pizzeria, 113 N 2nd St. A supper club-style Italian restaurant serving pizza and other Italian dishes. Also features a full bar. edit
- Mama Mia's, 207 E Pearl St, . A cozy, upscale Italian restaurant with a wide variety of menu and drink options and a uniquely Italian decor. edit
- Buck's Restaurant, 218 S Main St. A small, diner-style restaurant serving breakfast all day, along with subs and locally-made cudighi, among other options. edit
- China King, 830 Carp River Dr. An American-style Chinese takeout restaurant with large portions and a small dine-in seating area. edit
- Jasper Ridge, 1075 Country Ln, . This restaurant and microbrewery serves a variety of standard American fare along with their house-made beers. Popular for brunch. edit
- Sherri's Restaurant, 120 N Pansy St. A small, old-fashioned diner that is popular for breakfast. Also serves a weekly Friday fish fry. edit
- Best Western Country Inn, 850 US Highway 41 W, ☎ +1 906 485-6345 (fax: +1 906 485-6348), . edit