Marquette, MI, USA

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Marquette, MI, USA

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Marquette lies on the greatest of Great Lakes

The scenic town of Marquette lies on the southern shores of Lake Superior, the largest and deepest of the Great Lakes. The bulging arts scene along with the outdoor activities on the lake makes it a popular getaway destination. The town was founded in the mid-18th century and boomed after iron ore was discovered. These days, it's a place where visitors descend to stay in the Marquette vacation rentals and hike along the shores of the lake in the pristine, forested landscape. The thriving gastronomic scene includes several microbreweries and fine local eateries.

Hike the forested coastal trails

Lake Superior and the surrounding forests and parks provides a wealth of things to do. While staying at a lakeside Marquette vacation rental, you can hike through the hundreds of acres of Presque Isle Park, located on a peninsula north of the town. A trail that winds through the park passes dense forest through which spectacular views of the lake can be seen. While the water might cold, down on the popular South Beach, you can swim in the waters warmed by a local power plant. The town is a year-round destination, and you can ski down Marquette Mountain during the winter months.

History and art museums in Marquette

History seekers should check out the Marquette Maritime Museum, which exhibits memorabilia and artefacts from the shipping days on the Great Lakes, while the Marquette Regional History Center focuses on the prehistoric times in the area. If you enjoy art, be sure to visit the Lakenenland Sculpture Park which features elaborate pieces created from scrap metal, or the DeVos Art Museum at the Northern Michigan University campus which houses pieces from local and international artists. If you fancy your chances, play the tables at the Ojibwa Casino.

A kaleidoscope of golden hues

Marquette and the Lake Superior, the greatest of the Great Lakes, has a humid continental climate. In spring, wild flowers create a kaleidoscope of color around the forested shores. Summer temperatures reach a peak in August which draws in crowds of weekenders who come to paddle board and kayak across the lake. The deep red, orange, and golden hues begin to match the golden sandy beaches in fall, while the powdery snow between December and February creates a wintery playground, ideal for cross country skiing and snow shoeing.

Catching the Northern Lights

Marquette is one of the best places in the US to see the colorful phantom lights of the aurora, which strike across the skies during winter. Bird lovers should stay in one of the Marquette vacation rentals due to the staggering number of wetland and forest species that can be checked off the list nearby. Owls hoot during the early hours and thousands of migrating hawks nest in the region. Meanwhile, dotted around the lake are many of the state's white pine trees as well as dozens of colorful orchid species.