Marquette: a great adventure town

MARQUETTE — When you hear about adventure towns, you think of Boulder, Colorado, San Diego, California, or Portland, Oregon. But it turns out, you don’t need to book expensive travel plans to have a good adventure. Because, that adventure is right in your backyard.

Marquette was named one of the 6 great adventure towns you’ve never heard of by Red Bull. The Queen City carries all of the great qualities you’ll see out west among the larger name adventure towns.

“I thought it was very interesting that they named Marquette one of the great adventure towns, because of all the wonderful things that there are to offer,” said Travel Marquette Director Susan Estler. “It’s a four–season destination, a lot of fun things to do and see.”

Year round, there’s never a shortage of fun to be had. In the winter, you can ski, snowshoe, and catch a quick sled dog race. In the summer, there’s hiking, biking, your occasional beer fest, and a myriad of shops to poke around.

The best part? It’s just like Boulder and Portland…without the crowds. The 21,000 people make Marquette give you that city feel most people crave. Looking out to the east across Lake Superior can make you feel like you’re at the edge of the world.

“The coastal environment has been terrific,” said Estler. “That definitely adds to the outdoor features. And certainly the people make a huge difference too. Great people.”

And those 21,000 people? Some of the nicest and most genuine folk you’ll ever meet. This friendly city and the countless things to do are what put The Queen City on Red Bull’s list.

“It just helps to elevate Marquette County as a great outdoor destination,” said Estler.

And it’s not just in Marquette. The opportunities are endless along the heritage trail, through Negaunee and into Ishpeming. Like we mentioned, it’s a four–seasons destination. Don’t wait for that snow to melt. Get out and enjoy what makes this place so unique.