Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Marquette

Fly into Marquette, MI (MQT-Sawyer Intl.), the closest airport, located 13.4 mi (21.5 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Marquette?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 143 vacation rentals near Marquette. From 69 Houses to 37 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Marquette for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Marquette?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Marquette. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Northern Michigan University: 125 vacation rentals
  • Sugarloaf Mountain: 126 vacation rentals
  • Presque Isle Park: 117 vacation rentals
  • Marquette Regional History Center: 126 vacation rentals
  • Ojibwa Casino Marquette: 129 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Marquette listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Marquette?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 69 Houses in Marquette. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Marquette include:

  • Cabins: 37 rentals available
  • Cottages: 37 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 27 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Marquette?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 124 vacation rentals with internet/wifi available in Marquette. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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