020 3411 3889

Marquette

Visit Marquette County to explore charming towns filled with rich arts, culture, and history surrounded by miles of beautiful forest and freshwater coastlines. Your #ReMARQable adventure awaits.

Marquette

About Marquette

Nestled in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on the shores of Lake Superior, this region is commonly referred to as the “fresh coast”. Marquette County harbours a community distinguished by its natural surroundings —from rushing waterfalls and rock formations to scenic vistas and dense hardwoods.

Boasting a long list of hiking and biking trails, and powdery trails for skiing and snowshoeing – Marquette County offers no shortage of outdoor exploration for the adventurous soul.

After a day immersed in nature, Marquette’s charming and historic downtown, filled with local breweries and restaurants, unique shops, and inspiring art, lends the perfect spot to unwind.

With a thriving culinary scene centred around sustainability, Marquette County is growing into a sustainable foodie hotspot. From an eclectic mix of regional vendors at the Downtown Marquette Farmer’s Market to locally sourced ingredients at restaurants, supporting locals is a sure way to find the tastiest of treats.

Marquette shops give you a real sense of what the Upper Peninsula truly cherishes. With many local shops, artisan-made goods, and chic boutiques, you’re sure to find something to commemorate your time here.

Delight in the murals that colour Marquette’s downtown and tell a story of the region’s heritage and values. From fine art shows and local museums to symphony orchestras and iron ore history, Marquette County is a cultural hub waiting to be discovered.

Why is Marquette Sustainable?

Marquette is proud of their beautiful landscapes, pristine shorelines, and dense forests. Residents live here because they enjoy these natural environments, and people visit because they do too.

Marquette County and the greater Upper Peninsula of Michigan hold a great amount of value in the natural resources here. Before European settlement, this region was inhabited by the Anishinaabe, the original stewards of the area. Travel Marquette recognises and commends the Anishinaabe and other Indigenous peoples for their knowledge of how to care for this land and recreate sustainably. Those who live here feel a deep connection to the forests and the fresh water. Gichi-gami (the Anishinaabe name for Lake Superior), is an honoured and beloved resource, as the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area.

With a deep-rooted connection to the area’s natural resources comes a strong passion to protect them. In alignment with that passion, Travel Marquette launched its Respect Marquette County programme. This programme strives to build strong community partnerships that can work to address impacts and issues relating to environmental, social, and economic sustainability. By working with the national organisation Leave No Trace and many local stakeholders, Travel Marquette aims to inspire locals and visitors alike to respect the local culture and natural resources of Marquette County. While it’s generally the natural beauty of the area that draws people here, it’s also the kind community, rich culture, and vibrant downtown that bring people back.

See it for yourself

Marquette Gallery

Marquette

Quick Facts

When to Visit Sustainably

Summer and early autumn are the most popular times for visitors to Marquette. Visitation is slowest in the late fall, winter, and spring. This is the best time to visit to ensure the lowest negative impact on the area. This can be especially important for recreation areas that are heavily used in the summer months. Enjoy the quiet solitude of snow-covered forests, and frozen shorelines, and if you’re lucky, you might even see the aurora borealis. For those looking to make a low impact on the area they visit, Marquette County is the perfect place for an off-season getaway.

Suggested Season

Time Zone

Eastern Time Zone

How to Get There: Fast / Slow

Fast: Connecting flight into the Marquette Sawyer Regional Airport via Chicago or Detroit.
Slow: Flying into the nearest international airports such as Chicago IL, or Detroit MI, and then driving to Marquette.

Currency

US Dollars

Tipping Etiquette

In the US, tipping is commonplace and expected. Generally, 18-20% would be seen as a “regular” tip, with >20-30% seen as a generous tip. Tipping is most commonly done in places with any sort of waiting or serving service, as well as food delivery.

Your Peace of Mind

Ready to visit?

Find out more and speak to one of our travel experts today

Sustainable Highlights

  • Cafe Bodega

    All of their food is made from scratch, in-house from the freshest ingredients sourced from local & Michigan farms, from the farmers themselves! Stop in for Happy Hour, try the free-range local breakfast, or try dinner to enjoy their whitefish sourced right from Lake Superior. Bodega is also home to the Because Marquette locally created merchandise and art, that highlights the culture and values of our region. From delicious food and drinks to locally made art and goods, there is a little something for everyone at Bodega.

  • Velodrome Coffee Company

    Coffee and bicycles come together at Velodrome Coffee Co., with two locations in Marquette County. Simplicity and quality, with a focus on their growers, make this shop stand out. They love what they do and it shows. Stop in for live Sunday morning jazz, join a group bike ride, or grab a hand-held waffle to go! This coffee company prides itself in its sustainable business practices by personally sourcing its green coffee. This means that they visit most of the farms they work with and personally know the people they buy their green coffee from.

  • Marquette City Multi-Use Path

    One of Michigan’s most popular cycling destinations, the Marquette City Multi-Use Path is a network of over 17 total miles of paved trails that take you on a tour through some of the area’s most scenic vistas and historic landmarks. The most popular (and picturesque) stretch of the path travels about 5 miles along the Lake Superior shoreline from the MDOT Welcome Center in Harvey to Presque Isle Park. Along the way, the trail passes by several waterfront parks, the iconic ore dock, the Marquette Maritime Museum, Harbor Lighthouse, McCarty’s Cove, Picnic Rocks, the campus of Northern Michigan University, and the Upper Harbor Ore Dock. The Marquette City Multi-use path makes it easier and more accessible for people to walk/bike in Downtown Marquette. Whether you’re going for a leisurely walk to the Farmers Market downtown, or heading out for a long bike ride, this is the perfect path to travel on.

  • Iron Ore Heritage Trail

    This 47-mile multi-use trail crosses the Marquette Iron Range, offering a variety of geography. Enjoy the Lake Superior shoreline, historic and urban areas, wetlands, and forests. The Iron Ore Heritage Trail sustainably connects communities across Marquette County. Open to a variety of activities, you can walk, bike, ORV, cross-country ski, snowmobile, or horseback ride on this multi-use durable trail, much of which is made up of crushed gravel and paved sections. The Iron Ore Heritage Trail also connects to, and overlaps with, the Marquette City Multi-use path.

  • Fresh Coast Film Festival

    This event is a top favourite for locals and visitors alike. “Fresh Coast Film Festival is the first of its kind: a documentary film festival celebrating the outdoor lifestyle, water-rich environment, and resilient spirit of the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest. The festival will gather the best in environmental and cultural filmmaking from around the world while creating a venue for, and building a culture of, Great Lakes storytelling.” The many films are screened around various locations in downtown Marquette. Catch a film block, sign up for a guided outdoor tour, or connect with the many artists and filmmakers who are brought together for this phenomenal event.

  • Holiday Lasers on the Ore Dock

    The Ore Dock was lit up for the holidays! For the month of December 2023, they wanted to bring something festive to downtown Marquette—something that would excite locals and visitors alike. So they decided to merge local history with modern technology and put on a laser light display on the iconic Lower Harbor Ore Dock. Each week featured different fun and festive displays from holiday, winter, and Marquette themes to crazy, colourful, and abstract. During the 4th of July holiday, there is also a sensory laser light show which allows additional groups of residents and visitors, like veterans with PTSD, a sensory-friendly opportunity to participate in Marquette’s Fourth of July Celebration.

  • Downtown Marquette Farmers Market

    The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market is a great way to experience Marquette like a local. The market features various vendors, including local farmers & growers, food producers, and artisans at the Marquette Commons in downtown Marquette. Enjoy live music as you stroll through the market. The Saturday morning markets are held from mid-May through November. New this past summer, 2023, was the Wednesday night markets held on the main downtown block in Marquette. In the month of December there are the Saturday morning Holiday Markets, perfect for finding gifts for the ones you love. With something for everyone, these markets are sure to be an event you won’t want to miss.

  • Beth Millner Jewelry

    Beth Millner Jewelry is crafted with nature-inspired designs. Their jewelry is created with a deep love and respect for the natural world and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Each piece is made by hand in Marquette, MI. They use recycled metal and copper sourced directly from the Upper Peninsula. Stop into their storefront on Washington Street to check out their collections, you’re sure to feel inspired by these beautiful works of art.

  • Donckers and The Delft Bistro

    Both of these businesses are local and visitor favourites. Owned and operated by the same people, these local business owners put social, environmental, and economic sustainability at the top of their priority list. They strive to cultivate a better quality of life for all which manifests in great food and good service. Making ethical decisions regarding their business impacts is a core value. By using renewable energy, biodegradable and compostable packaging, recycling, and composting food, they aim to do better for the environment and their community.

  • Marquette Regional History Center

    In order to build a deeper connection to and appreciation for the places you visit, it’s important to have an understanding of the history and culture there. The Marquette Regional History Center is the perfect place to do this. They strive to use the preservation of the cultural and physical history of the area as a way to understand the past and present, as well as provide a guide for the future. The History Center maintains exhibits, artefacts, and a research library. It is also a location for building community through public events, art shows, and much more.

Marquette

Where in the World?

Suggested Journeys for You

Ready to embark on your own Sustainable Journey? Check out our related Sustainable Journeys below that will either take you to this destination, or offer an alternative location that you may want to consider for your next trip!

Starting in Bogotá, this 13-day luxury Sustainable Journey will see you delve into the...

Begin in vibrant Delhi and explore the city by rickshaw and metro. Travel to...

Embark on a captivating 13-day journey through Morocco, exploring the ancient traditions of the...

Nestled in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on the shores of Lake Superior, this...

Sustainable Stays

Want to see the sorts of Sustainable Stays we offer? From hotels and resorts to lodges, cabins and B&Bs we ensure that the properties we feature have been considered on a range of factors which contribute toward their overall sustainability. Learn more and view our suggested Sustainable Stays.

Starting in Bogotá, this 13-day luxury Sustainable Journey will see you delve into the...

Begin in vibrant Delhi and explore the city by rickshaw and metro. Travel to...

Embark on a captivating 13-day journey through Morocco, exploring the ancient traditions of the...

Nestled in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on the shores of Lake Superior, this...

Discover the Sustainable Journal

Read inspiring and informative articles on a range of sustainability topics, written by leading travel journalists and sustainability experts. Learn something new, and be inspired by the incredible world we live in.

Being deeply entrenched in the Sustainable Journeys ethos of sustainable tourism, I often confront...
In the ever-increasing conversations of sustainable tourism, it's becoming increasingly clear that our travel...
Call it what you will – green, eco, responsible or sustainable travel – we...

Nestled in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on the shores of Lake Superior, this...

Discover the Sustainable Journal

Read inspiring and informative articles on a range of sustainability topics, written by leading travel journalists and sustainability experts. Learn something new, and be inspired by the incredible world we live in.

Nestled in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on the shores of Lake Superior, this...

See it for yourself

Marquette Gallery

Login