Fall leaves in the upper peninsula


Marquette is a beautiful and welcoming place to visit, especially when your child attends college at the heart of Marquette, Northern Michigan University. The queen city is home to a community of mountain bikers, hikers, adventurers, and more. To make Marquette even more unique, it has spectacular views, especially in the fall.

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While the colors can be seen throughout the town, some special places make the views even better:

Those who want a short car trip would enjoy Mount Marquette, overlooking all of Marquette,

Old County Road 510 Bridge, connecting land over the Dead River,

Presque Isle Park, where brightly colored trees cover the road like a tunnel.

If you’re looking for an easy hike, Sugarloaf Mountain and Dead River Falls are your best bet. A more difficult, but rewarding hike is Hogback Mountain. The North Country Trail, along Lake Superior, is good for longer hikes with little to no elevation gain. The lake can be viewed from most of these locations. 

Marquette Mountain Ski and Bike Area is a recreational area visited by mountain bikers in the summer months, and skiers and snowboarders during the winter. They have opened up their chairlift for $10 a person, to those who would like a view of the fall colors.

If you’re looking for a more lengthy drive or day trip, the Keweenaw Peninsula, or Copper Country, is home to breathtaking colors in the fall and beautiful scenery year round.

There are dozens of places that you could visit to see the fall colors, make sure you make the most of it because the leaves don't last! If you take pictures and share them on social media, make sure to include #sharenmu so we can see them too!



Landscape of fall colors

Fall colors in the Marquette area

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