Marquette (Michigan)

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


Get in

By plane

By bus

It is possible to take the Greyhound into Marquette.

By car

If 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.

Get around

Marquette Harbor Lighthouse
Front Street

By car

For the most part one would want to take a car, especially in winter when snow or ice covers everything.

By bicycle

In 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.

By bus

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


St. Peters Cathedral
Upper Peninsula Brewing Company Building
Marquette City Courthouse
You can view the lake at many spots around Marquette's east side.





Hiking 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


Marquette has challenging trails for freeride mountain biking.

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.


You 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 .



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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.


A local specialty is Cudighi Sausage. It is a hard to find (in the U.S.), northern Italian sausage. Many restaurants in Michigan's Upper Peninsula serve this sausage and it's definitely worth trying.






Go next

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

Routes through Marquette

Houghton Ishpeming  N  S  Gladstone Escanaba
END Big Bay  N  S  END

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