Marquette, gem of the U.P.

Nestled in the central portion of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the city of Marquette is a true gem of the north! Marquette is named after Jacques Marquette, a Jesuit priest that came to the upper peninsula in 1668 to establish missions among Native Americans.

Marquette County spans 1,872 square miles, the average winter temperature is around 12 degrees Fahrenheit and averages about 65 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, borders the city to the north.

Precipitation in Marquette is abundant; it receives on average 35 inches of rain per year and 172 inches of snow.  There are over 96 miles of cross-country ski & snowshoe trails, 500 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and 11 accessible waterfalls.

Marquette, with all of its small town rural charm, also seems to be in the midst of a growth spurt.  There are many new and expanding hotels, culinary options to satisfy almost any palate and the shopping giants Wal-Mart, Kohl’s and a soon to be built Meijer.  It is also the home of Northern Michigan University.

Events in Marquette include Northern Michigan University’s Winterfest, the UP200 Sled Dog Race, Dog Dayz of Winter Kids Art Show, the Polar Roll winter mountain bike trail race and much more.

If your travels ever lead you to explore the Upper Peninsula of Michigan a stop to explore Marquette will be well worth your time.

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