A new year calls for new adventures, and Marquette County has you covered in any season. Here are 10 reasons to start planning your 2024 visit to Marquette, MI.



1. There's Always More to Explore

Adventure, any way you choose–from exploring the striking blues of Lake Superior to an abundance of breathtaking evergreen hikes, Marquette County, MI is an outdoor lover's paradise.

For the Hikers - Hiker's Guide to Marquette

For the Mountain Bikers - Mountain Biker's Guide to Marquette

For the Kayakers - Kayaking in Marquette


A young woman celebrates winter by throwing snow up in the air

2. Winters are Celebrated

In Marquette County, we don't hibernate. We celebrate. Here are some of our favorite ways you can embrace winter our way:


Aerial view of Yellow Dog Falls in Big Bay

3. You Can Visit Many Waterfalls in Any Season

From easily accessible falls to ones with more advanced routes, waterfalls are one of our favorite four-season things to do. Chase them in the spring when they’re roaring from mounds of melting snow. Visit them in summer when the views are vibrant & bright. Capture them in autumn among the captivating fall foliage. Or trek out in winter when they’re covered in stunning snow & ice formations.


An aerial view of fall color over Harlow Lake in peak autumn

4. Fall Color in U.P. is among the best in the US

Voted #1 Best Destination for Fall Foliage in 2023 for USA Today 10Best, it's no secret that the Upper Peninsula puts on a breathtaking show during the autumn peak season. But don't just take everyone else's word for it—come see the glorious fall colors for yourself. 


Overhead View Of Lake Superior In Marquette, MI

5. Lake Superior.

Located on the southern shores of Lake Superior, Marquette County boasts 80+ miles of accessible shoreline. Whether you paddle out for a quick excursion, soak up some rays on a secluded beach, or go for a leisurely lakeshore stroll, being near the Big Lake is good for the soul.


Aerial view of Blue's Fest at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette

6. There are Awesome Festivals & Events Year-round

Make your visit to Marquette more eventful by attending one of our many amazing annual events. Here are some of our top seasonal picks:

Winter: Annual Ishpeming Ski Jumping Tournament, Noquemanon Ski Marathon, Meijer Winter State Games, UP200

Spring: Festival of the Angry Bear

Summer: Marquette Art Week, Marquette Trails Fest, Ore to Shore, Blues Fest

Fall: U.P. Fall Beer Fest, Marquette Fall Enduro, Fresh Coast Film Festival


Friends cheering at Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette

7. Home to Incredible Handcrafted Brews & Roasts

From a vast selection of local craft beer & kombucha to caffeinated concoctions, when it comes to beverages Marquette's got options. 

For the Beer Lovers - Drink Like a Local

For the Coffee Connoisseurs - Must-stop Coffee Shops in Marquette County



8. Marquette Restaurants Keep it Fresh, Local & Delicious

Between adventures, fuel up with food that's as fresh as it is delicious at one of our many local restaurants. For more in-depth info, check out our Après Adventure Cravings blog. 


Signage on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail

9. There's Plenty of Stuff for the History Buff

From mining and maritime to skiing, uncover Marquette County's history inside the area's lighthouses and museums or out on the water, trails, or slopes.



10. Discover Marquette's Burgeoning Art Scene

Explore Marquette's flourishing art scene by visiting local exhibits, galleries, and museums, attending one of our many art-centric events, or checking out as many murals as you can around the county.