Top 10 Sights to See in the UP
10. Marquette Harbor Lighthouse
First lit in 1853, this lighthouse in Marquette still aids boats in navigating the waters of Lake Superior. Which brings us to number 9...
9. Marquette Ore Docks
Marquette exports iron ore from one of its two signature ore docks.
8. Sandy Beaches
Two beautiful, sandy beaches, McCarty's Cove and South Beach Park, are just minutes from downtown Marquette.
7. Ice Caves
Just one of the many winter wonders in the Upper Peninsula, ice caves are formed when melting snow freezes while sliding over the edge of a precipice. See this natural wonder at the Rock River Canyon Ice Caves (also known as the Eben Ice Caves), near Marquette.
6. Mackinac Bridge
The longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere connects the Upper Peninsula to downstate Michigan. Pronounce the name of this bridge as "Mackinaw."
5. Tahquamenon Falls
The Upper Falls at Tahquamenon Falls State Park is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. Tahquamenon Falls State park encompasses close to 52,000 acres in the Upper Peninsula. These falls are hidden in the forest along the Tahquamenon River but are easily accessible by a half mile hike.
4. Sunset Point at Presque Isle Park
Marquette's Presque Isle Park, locally known as "The Island," is a 323-acre forested peninsula which juts into Lake Superior off the northern end of the city. It is easily accessible by Lakeshore Boulevard, by car or bike, and features hiking trails, tennis courts, a historic wood band shell for concerts, and picnic areas. Sunset Point, pictured above, is easily found off the main drive that circles around Presque Isle Park.
3. Porcupine Mountains
The Porcupine Mountains State Park was established in the Western Upper Peninsula to protect the largest old growth northern hardwood forest in the Midwest. Pictured here is the Lake of the Clouds, a high-elevation lake in the park. The park covers 60,000 acres and is home to all manners of wildlife and natural wonders.
2. Fall Colors
The entire Upper Peninsula lights up with bright, vibrant colors every fall. Peak color season emerges around early to mid October. We recommend taking a long hike, drive, or camping trip to enjoy the beauty.
1. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a US National Lakeshore that extends for 42 miles along the shores of Lake Superior and covers nearly 75,000 acres. Here you'll find sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, forests, and more. Perhaps the best spot to truly appreciate the beauty of Lake Superior, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the perfect place for hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four seasons outdoor opportunities.