Travel and Lodging
The most scenic way to get to Marquette may be via iron ore freighter. However, if you aren’t a merchant sailor, that option isn’t available to you, and you’ll probably want to drive or fly into Marquette.
If you’re driving, you won’t find a six lane interstate leading into Marquette, but you will find scenic U.P. highways through forests and along lakeshores. Marquette is about 380 miles from Chicago, 450 miles from Detroit, 200 miles from the Mackinac Bridge, and 400 miles from Minneapolis.
If you prefer to fly, Sawyer International Airport (airport code MQT) is located about 15 miles south of the city. It is served by Delta and American Eagle.
Marquette hotels popular with runners include the Holiday Inn, Country Inn & Suites and The Landmark Inn. If camping is more your style, the City of Marquette’s Tourist Park Campground is located within the city limits.
Rest assured that rumors that U.P. weather consists of “9 months of winter and 3 months of bad skiing” are more than a little exagerated. The truth is that we even have some hot stretches over the summer and that fall weather is often perfect for running.
The average high around Labor Day weekend is 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is 54 degrees Fahrenheit.
For real weather aficionados, here’s more detailed September temperature information from the National Weather Service in Marquette (get the full report here).