Marquette is known for its natural beauty and local culture. This 12.4-mile bicycle day tour will take you to breathtaking outdoor scenery, world-renowned architecture, tasty local delicacies, and some excellently crafted caffeine concoctions.
BEGIN YOUR ADVENTURE AT CONTRAST COFFEE CO.600 N 3rd Street
It’s about more than just a cup of joe at Contrast Coffee Co. From open-mic nights and poetry slams to booked local bands, you can plan for some great atmosphere while sipping one of their carefully crafted beverages.
Ride from Contrast Coffee Co. to Yooper Shirts
(0.1 mile, about 1 minute)
1. Walk or ride your bike west on W Ohio St toward N 3rd Street.
2. Turn left onto N 3rd Street.
3. Yooper Shirts will be on the right.
YOOPER SHIRTS503 N 3rd Street
Yooper Shirts is an apparel store featuring designs inspired by the natural attractions of the Upper Peninsula and the spirit of the state of Michigan. They can even create a custom design to commemorate your trip!
Ride from Yooper Shirts to Travel Marquette & Donckers
(0.3 miles, about 2 minutes)
1. Ride south on N 3rd Street toward W Michigan Street.
2. Turn left onto W Washington Street.
3. Travel Marquette Michigan & Donckers will be on the right.
TRAVEL MARQUETTE117 West Washington Street
Marquette County’s overflowing with natural splendor, local flavor, authentic entertainment, and Midwestern hospitality. Travel Marquette’s your inside guide for all the best events, activities, and attractions the area has to offer.
1. No new instructions necessary, keep bike parked and walk over to Donckers!
DONCKERS137 W Washington Street
Need a boost for the rest of the bike tour? Dip into Donckers and treat yourself to some of their handmade chocolates and sweets. Depending on when you pop in you’ll also have the option for breakfast, lunch, or a light dinner.
Ride from Travel Marquette Michigan & Donckers to Ellwood A Mattson Lower Harbor Park
(0.3 miles, about 2 minutes)
1. Ride southeast on Washington Street toward Front Street.
2. Cross Lakeshore Blvd. and turn left onto the Marquette Multi-Use Path.
3. Ellwood A Mattson Lower Harbor Park will be on the right.
100-174 N Lakeshore Blvd.
ELLWOOD A. MATTSON LOWER HARBOR PARK
Mattson Park spans 22 acres in Marquette’s lively Lower Harbor and offers a range of amenities such as park benches, picnic tables, the Kid’s Cove Playground, seasonal concessions, restrooms, and a boat ramp.
Ride from Ellwood A Mattson Lower Harbor Park to Marquette Harbor Light
(0.6 miles, about 4 minutes)
1. Ride east on the Marquette Multi-Use Path.
2. The Marquette Harbor Light will be on the right.
MARQUETTE HARBOR LIGHT300 North Lakeshore Blvd.
Originally constructed in 1853 then rebuilt in 1866, the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse has become an icon of the city. It serves as both a navigation point and as part of the visual landscape of the shoreline with its unmistakable red exterior.
Ride from Marquette Harbor Light to Pebble Beach
(1.4 miles, about 8 minutes)
1. Ride north on the Marquette Multi-Use Path toward Michigan Street.
2. At the intersection of Lakeshore Blvd. and Fair Avenue, make a slight left to stay on the Marquette Multi-Use Path.
3. Continue heading north past Picnic Rocks Park.
4. Pebble Beach will be on the right.
PEBBLE BEACH1799-1739 Lake Shore Blvd.
Pebble Beach is a picturesque stretch of shoreline where the water’s edge is a rainbow of small pebbles and stones (hence the name!). Whether you like skipping stones or searching for rocks and sea glass it’s the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll along the lakeshore.
Ride from Pebble Beach to Superior Dome and Jean Kay’s Pasties & Subs
(0.7 miles, about 4 minutes)
1. Cross N Lakeshore Blvd. and ride west on Wright Street.
2. Take the first left (access road before Presque Isle Avenue) to ride toward the Superior Dome.
3. Make a right at the dead-end and continue following the access road.
4. Superior Dome will be on the left. Jean Kay’s Pasties & Subs will be on the right across the street at the intersection of Presque Isle Avenue and Center Street.
SUPERIOR DOME1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Located on Northern Michigan University’s campus and home to many of the university’s athletic events, the Superior Dome (the world’s largest wooden dome), is rated on Trip Advisor as one of the top things to do in the area.
1. Simply cross the street, carefully, and you'll have arrived at Jean Kay's!
JEAN KAY’S PASTIES & SUBS (Permanently Closed)1635 Presque Isle Avenue
Jean Kay’s is known for their signature, savory pasties infused with hearty steak, potatoes, and local vegetables. Fill up on fresh ones during your visit or even order yourself some to ship back home.
Ride from Jean Kay’s Pasties & Subs to Upper Harbor Ore Dock
(2.1 miles, about 13 minutes)
1. Ride north on Presque Isle Avenue.
2. Turn right onto Wright Street.
3. Turn left onto the Marquette Multi-Use Path just before the intersection at Lake Shore Blvd.
4. Just before the arch at the entrance of Presque Isle Park, turn right into the boat docking area for great views of the Upper Harbor Ore Dock and the harbor.
UPPER HARBOR ORE DOCKCity Multi-Use Path
Two ore docks stand today as reminders of Marquette’s mining and maritime heritage. Though the structure in Lower Harbor is out of commission, the Upper Harbor dock still loads iron ore into freighters just as it has for over a century.
Ride from Upper Harbor Ore Dock to Presque Isle Park
(1.3 miles, about 8 minutes)
1. From the Upper Harbor Ore Dock, turn right to ride northeast on Lake Shore Blvd.
2. Ride under the arch into the park to merge onto Peter White Drive.
3. Stay to the right to follow the road through the Presque Isle Park forest to Black Rocks and Presque Isle Point.
PRESQUE ISLE PARK1 Peter White Drive
Ride through tunnels of pines and hardwoods through this breathtaking 323-acre peninsula. Stop at the many scenic outlooks, wander through wooded trails, and enjoy a break at one of the picnic facilities or plunge from the famed Black Rocks.
Ride from Presque Isle Park to Downtown Marquette
(5.9 miles, about 36 minutes)
1. Turn right to ride southwest on Peter White Drive.
2. Turn right to continue on Peter White Drive.
3. Turn right to merge onto the Marquette Multi-Use Path.
4. Turn right onto the Little Presque Loop path at Hawley Street.
5. Make a slight left to cross Hawley Street and continue riding south on the Little Presque Loop path.
6. Cross over Washington Street and turn left onto the Iron Ore Heritage Trail heading east.
7. Follow the Iron Ore Heritage Trail into downtown Marquette.