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Marquette Travel Guide: 158 reviews and 309 photos

The Coast Guard Lighthouse in Winter

Whoever came up with the idea of painting the Coast Guard lighthouse red should get a ribbon - preferably a red ribbon. This is probably the closest thing we have to an "official image" for Marquette.

This would probably be a good place to explain a few things. Marquette is the largest town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Upper Peninsula (or U.P., to use its well-known initials) makes up about 20% of the land of Michigan, but only 3% of the population. People who are from here are known colloquially as U.P.-ers, or "Yoopers." Hence "Yooperprof." Strictly speaking, I am not a Yooper because I was not born here,, but. . .

Colorful Sunsets

Some of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen have been in Marquette. A favorite place to go is Presque Isle Park. "Inspiration Point" lives up to its name.

Anatomy of a Yooper

One of the most attractive buildings in Marquette is the century-old County Courthouse, which features this glorious Tiffany & Co. designed glass dome. It was the location for filming "Anatomy of a Murder," the 1959 Jimmy Stewart classic, which was directed by the great Otto Preminger.

(This classic court procedural film is much better than any number of the John Grisham wannabees, IMHO!)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful (and cool) summers followed by spectacular fall colors
  • Cons:A really long winter followed by a really miserable spring
  • In a nutshell:The Entertainment Capital of the Central Upper Peninsula!
  • Intro Updated Oct 28, 2012
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Chet, your home city is a great place I must say.... Thanks for your detailed and interesting story about it!)

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    We got up to UP-but this is still too far to get to from there. Nice work on your pictures and comments.

  • fineshot_2000's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Have done the same twice, on trips to Europe, taken MarqTran to avoid paying for parking!

  • Jan 6, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    HoneyDale Farms did all the work I was given a tour by Mike Potts who owns Honey Dale of finished building If you go there ask about olive & nut sandwiches served years ago

  • Jan 19, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    bartenders are very rude, i would not recommend even stepping foot in this place, if your a male you'll have better luck but if your a female, the girl bartender will treat you with an incredible lack of respect

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Me again, just checking back for updates and new tips that you have added here in the last year and a half. I hope lots of people came to the play you were in, after you advertized it in the big parade.

  • Jul 13, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Great info and entertaining. Really looking forward to Marquette now. Thanks for making what had been a quick drive through into at least a day or two spent exploring. I especially liked the Yooper/Troll thing.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    not seen your pages before - i've been missing out 1 great names you have for places round your way.

  • janetanne's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Great Marquette tips! I remember all that snow and the time my car got buried in a snow storm in March! It took me two days to find it. Have you thawed out yet this year? Got a snowblower yet?

  • MATIM's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:52 AM

    Very good info about your hometown. Really like your house

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