Marquette is known for its natural beauty and local culture. This 12.4-mile bicycle day tour will take you to breathtaking outdoor scenery, world-renowned architecture, tasty local delicacies, and some excellently crafted caffeine concoctions!
BEGIN YOUR ADVENTURE AT CONTRAST COFFEE CO.
600 N 3rd Street in Marquette, MI
Contrast Coffee Co. strives to be strikingly different, approaching their brews with a level of caution and passion that they feel is missing from the common coffee experience. They have live music events ranging from open-mic nights to booked local bands, so depending on the time of your visit you can plan for some great atmosphere while you enjoy one of their carefully crafted beverages. Aside from their favorite caffeinated concoctions the menu also features waffles, crepes, and other tasty treats including gluten-free options, as well.
Ride from Contrast Coffee Co. to Yooper Shirts
(0.1 mile, about 1 minute)
1. Walk or ride your bike west on W Ohio St toward N 3rd Street.
2. Turn left onto N 3rd Street.
3. Yooper Shirts will be on the right.
503 N 3rd Street in Marquette, MI
Yooper Shirts is a local clothing store located in downtown Marquette specializing in graphic design, embroidery and screen printing with a small-town twist. Their clothing features designs that are inspired by the natural attractions of the Upper Peninsula and the spirit of the state of Michigan. They can even create a custom design to commemorate your bike day tour! Stop in for unique local souvenirs, and if you don’t already know, be sure to ask what a “Yooper” is.
Ride from Yooper Shirts to Travel Marquette Michigan & Donckers
(0.3 miles, about 2 minutes)
1. Ride south on N 3rd Street toward W Michigan Street.
2. Turn left onto W Washington Street.
3. Travel Marquette Michigan & Donckers will be on the right.
117 West Washington Street in Marquette, MI
Marquette County is overflowing with natural splendor, local flavor and shopping, authentic entertainment, and Midwestern hospitality. Travel Marquette has the inside scoop on all the best events, activities, and attractions that the area has to offer. So stop by the visitors center for top local tips to round out the rest of your trip!
137 W Washington Street in Marquette, MI
Need a boost for the rest of the bike tour? Be sure to stop into Donckers and enjoy one of their handmade chocolates. They’ve been crafting confections for over a century. Depending on when you choose to stop in you’ll also have the option for breakfast or lunch. Their breakfast menu is filled with pancakes and french toast, waffles, and scrambles and tasty “G’Morning Sandwiches” like the Siren (organic egg, mozzarella, basil, tomato, and aioli). The lunch menu includes burgers, sandwiches, salads and their very own “Donckers Mac & Cheese.”
Ride from Travel Marquette Michigan & Donckers to Ellwood A Mattson Lower Harbor Park
(0.3 miles, about 2 minutes)
1. Ride southeast on Washington Street toward Front Street.
2. Cross Lakeshore Blvd. and turn left onto the Marquette Multi Use Path.
3. Ellwood A Mattson Lower Harbor Park will be on the right.
ELLWOOD A. MATTSON LOWER HARBOR PARK
100-174 N Lakeshore Blvd. in Marquette, MI
Mattson Park spans 22 acres in Marquette’s lively Lower Harbor and offers a range of amenities such as park benches, picnic tables, the Kid’s Cove Playground, seasonal concessions, restrooms, and a boat ramp. You can even plan your visit around one of our annual family-friendly events that the park plays host to like the International Food Festival, the 4th of July fireworks, Art on the Rocks, Harbor Fest, and Blues Fest.
Ride from Ellwood A Mattson Lower Harbor Park to Marquette Harbor Light
(0.6 miles, about 4 minutes)
1. Ride east on the Marquette Multi-Use Path.
2. The Marquette Harbor Light will be on the right.
MARQUETTE HARBOR LIGHT
300 North Lakeshore Blvd. in Marquette, MI
Originally constructed in 1853 then rebuilt in 1866, the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse has become an icon of the city. It serves as both a navigation point and as part of the visual landscape of the shoreline with its unmistakable red exterior. Lighthouse tours take place Tuesday-Sunday at 11:30 am, 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm (Mid May – Mid October) and last about 45-50 minutes. Once you park your bike at the lakeside lot, enjoy one of these tours and stop by the Maritime Museum and gift shop where you can find nautical treasures.
Ride from Marquette Harbor Light to Pebble Beach
(1.4 miles, about 8 minutes)
1. Ride north on the Marquette Multi-Use Path toward Michigan Street.
2. At the intersection of Lakeshore Blvd. and Fair Avenue, make a slight left to stay on the Marquette Multi-Use Path.
3. Continue heading north past Picnic Rocks Park.
4. Pebble Beach will be on the right.
1799-1739 Lake Shore Blvd. in Marquette, MI
Pebble Beach is a picturesque stretch of shoreline where the water’s edge is a rainbow of small pebbles and stones (hence the name!). Whether you like skipping stones or searching for rocks and sea glass it’s the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll along the lakeshore. Located a little north of both McCarty’s Cove and the nearby Marquette Harbor Light, it’s also a great place for a scenic photo and picnic.
Ride from Pebble Beach to Superior Dome and Jean Kay’s Pasties & Subs
(0.7 miles, about 4 minutes)
1. Cross N Lakeshore Blvd. and ride west on Wright Street.
2. Take the first left (access road before Presque Isle Avenue) to ride toward the Superior Dome.
3. Make a right at the dead end and continue following the access road.
4. Superior Dome will be on the left. Jean Kay’s Pasties & Subs will be on the right across the street at the intersection of Presque Isle Avenue and Center Street.
1401 Presque Isle Avenue in Marquette, MI
The world’s largest wooden dome, The Superior Dome is located on Northern Michigan University’s campus and home to many of the university’s athletic events. Rated on Trip Advisor as one of the top things to do in the area, the Superior Dome is an architectural site to behold and can be seen from many locations around Marquette. Get up close and personal for a good look at its unique wooden engineering, and you can even go inside to check out the cool interior!
JEAN KAY’S PASTIES & SUBS
1635 Presque Isle Avenue in Marquette, MI
Jean Kay’s is known for their savory goodies, “like grandma used to make.” Their signature specialty “pasties” are a family innovation infused with hearty steak, potatoes, and local vegetables. Fill up on fresh pasties during your visit and you can even order yourself some to ship back home! In addition to the pasties at Jean Kay’s, you’ll also find a selection of subs, salads, and wraps. Once a staple for underground miners in the region, pasties are now enjoyed by many—far and wide.
Ride from Jean Kay’s Pasties & Subs to Upper Harbor Ore Dock
(2.1 miles, about 13 minutes)
1. Ride north on Presque Isle Avenue.
2. Turn right onto Wright Street.
3. Turn left onto the Marquette Multi Use Path just before the intersection at Lake Shore Blvd.
4. Just before the arch at the entrance of Presque Isle Park, turn right into the boat docking area for great views of the Upper Harbor Ore Dock and the harbor.
UPPER HARBOR ORE DOCK
City Multi Use Path in Marquette, MI
Two ore docks stand today as reminders of Marquette’s mining and maritime heritage. Though the structure in Lower Harbor is out of commission, the Upper Harbor dock still loads iron ore into freighters as it has for over a century. Using an Automatic Identification System, visitors can check and see ahead of time when ships are scheduled to arrive. Simply log onto sites like marinetraffic.com to plan your viewing visit perfectly.
Ride from Upper Harbor Ore Dock to Presque Isle Park
(1.3 miles, about 8 minutes)
1. From the Upper Harbor Ore Dock, turn right to ride northeast on Lake Shore Blvd.
2. Ride under the arch into the park to merge onto Peter White Drive.
3. Stay to the right to follow the road through the Presque Isle Park forest to Black Rocks and Presque Isle Point.
PRESQUE ISLE PARK
1 Peter White Drive in Marquette, MI
Ride through tunnels of pines and hardwoods through this breathtaking 323-acre peninsula. Stop at the many scenic outlooks, wander through wooded trails, and enjoy a break at one of the picnic facilities. If your travels bring you to the island in the summer months, you can cool off with a quick jump from the black rocks into crystal clear waters or just a cheap, sweet treat from the ice cream stand!
Ride from Presque Isle Park to Downtown Marquette
(5.9 miles, about 36 minutes)
1. Turn right to ride southwest on Peter White Drive.
2. Turn right to continue on Peter White Drive.
3. Turn right to merge onto the Marquette Multi-Use Path.
4. Turn right onto the Little Presque Loop path at Hawley Street.
5. Make a slight left to cross Hawley Street and continue riding south on the Little Presque Loop path.
6. Cross over Washington Street and turn left onto the Iron Ore Heritage Trail heading east.
7. Follow the Iron Ore Heritage Trail into downtown Marquette.