With 20,800 hardy year-round souls, Marquette is distinguished as the largest city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Tucked in a well-protected natural harbor nearly midway across the U.P.’s northern shore, it grew and still thrives largely because of its location—an important Lake Superior port for the iron industry, and a rather central location that has helped it evolve into the U.P.’s center of commerce and government.
In short, Marquette is definitely worth a visit—whether you plan to explore the historic architecture of its waterfront district or rest up before heading into the rugged hills, forests, and rivers that lie just beyond the city limits.
Getting to Marquette
Marquette is one of the easiest places to reach in the western Upper Peninsula. You can fly directly into Sawyer International Airport (SAW) (125 G Ave., Gwinn, 906/346-3308, www.sawyerairport.com), rent a vehicle from several major car rental agencies, and head north on M-553 to Marquette. In addition, Greyhound (800/231-2222, www.greyhound.com) offers bus service to Marquette (1325 Commerce Dr.).
Of course, most travelers simply drive to this area; from the Mackinac Bridge, head north on I-75 and take M-28 west to Marquette. Once here, you can park the car and rely on the Marquette County Transit Authority (906/225-1112, www.marq-tran.com).
by Laura Martone from Moon Michigan, 3rd Edition, © Avalon Travel