The aurora borealis, or northern lights, glowing over Little Presque Isle
Stand-up paddleboarders floating on Lake Superior
Colorful fall foliage surrounding Harlow Lake
Hikers overlooking the cascading Yellow Dog Falls
A peaceful morning on downtown’s Washington Street, leading to Lake Superior
A snowy scene capturing Hogback Mountain and the surrounding wilderness
Islands dotting Greenwood Reservoir in nearby Ishpeming
Walking along the beach toward the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse
The turquoise waters of Lake Superior along the Wetmore Landing shoreline
Lush summertime foliage surrounding Little Garlic Falls
- Major Airports:
- Sawyer/Gwinn (MQT)
Marquette, an ideal escape for scenic, outdoor adventure
Explore the Great Outdoors
The highlight of Marquette is the great outdoors. All year-round there is plenty to do outside. In the wintertime, ski fresh powder at Marquette Mountain Resort or snowshoe through the serene trails of Presque Isle Park. When the temperature starts to warm up in the springtime, hike to some of the area’s best waterfalls, such as Yellow Dog Falls, Dead River Falls and Morgan Falls. In the summer, work up a little sweat by trekking up Thomas Rock or Mt. Marquette (both offer equally scenic viewpoints in the fall). Cool off with a dip in the nearby lakes or relax in the sand on Little Presque Beach.
Discover 19th Century Americana
The Marquette area is home to some beautiful 19th-century lighthouses on Lake Superior, and several of these lighthouses are open to the public for guided tours. The Marquette Harbor Lighthouse is a picturesque, bright red historical landmark, built in 1853, that provided safe passage to ships entering the city of Marquette for decades. When you visit, you will enjoy spectacular views of Lake Superior, as well as a maritime museum. That’s not all that Marquette has to offer the history buff: The Marquette Regional History Center hosts diverse exhibits year-round with something interesting for the entire family.
Get Inspired by the Arts
Arts and culture play a huge role in Marquette as well. Whether you visit a gallery, see a play or listen to live music, enrich your visit with a trip to one of the artistic hubs in the area. Attend any one of the national or international art exhibits put on by the DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University, or spend an evening listening to the Marquette Symphony Orchestra. For a truly local experience, get tickets to a live stage performance, play or musical at Lake Superior Theatre. This hidden gem is housed inside a former boathouse, providing a unique theatrical experience. You can also stop by the Marquette Arts & Culture Center, located inside the Peter White Public Library, for lectures, musical performances and art exhibits.
The cliff-like Black Rocks jutting into Lake Superior at Presque Isle Park are 1.7 billion years old.
The Lake Superior & Ishpeming Ore Dock was the first of its kind and is one of four pocket ore docks still in operation in the Upper Great Lakes. It has loaded more than 400 million metric tons of iron ore over its 110-plus-year lifespan.
Marquette County has been inhabited by humans since the early Holocene Era, which was about 8,000 years ago.