You don't need a whole week off to fit these adventures in when you're staying in Marquette, Michigan. Here are five quick day trips to take before summer ends.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Located in Alger County, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a national treasure. A mere 45-miles from Marquette, this popular U.P. destination is a definite must-visit. From scenic waterfalls, dunes and beaches to impressive sandstone rock formations, you’ll ‘shorely’ want to make this trek part of your trip.


Craig Lake State Park

A 50- mile drive from Marquette, Mich., Craig Lake State Park has an abundance of trails and wildlife alike. Whether you are looking to fish in one of several lakes, try to spot a moose or bear or hike a scenic section of the North Country Trail, the most remote state park in Michigan has you covered.

*Vehicles with high ground clearance are recommended due to the rocky conditions of the road.


Kitch Iti-Kipi

Kitch Iti-Kipi, meaning “Big cold water” is Michigan's largest natural freshwater spring. Located in Palms Book State Park, this 88-mile drive from Marquette is worth every extra minute in the car. Note: though you can’t take a refreshing dip, you can definitely snap some spectacular pics.


Photo courtesy @Hellyer_photography

Canyon Falls

Deemed by many “The Grand Canyon of the U.P.” this 59-mile drive from Marquette, Mich. definitely deserves to make your road trip bucket list. Not only is this spot along the sturgeon river scenic and serene, but it also features impressive canyons, rushing falls, and fun for all.


Photo courtesy of Hall Farms

Hall Farms Sunflower Field

Peak is in bloom at Hall Farms. The sunflower field opened for the season to the public, starting August 6, from noon to dusk. While there's no entry fee, we definitely recommend dropping by their donation box upon arrival or before departure. And of course, don't forget to take a beautiful pic or two while you're there!