Marquette, Michigan. Home to Northern Michigan University and boasts some of the best fall colors in Michigan. Have you heard about this Upper Peninsula Michigan gem? If not don’t worry, as you will want to add this city to your Michigan fall colors tour this year. Come along as we go chasing fall colors

Where is Marquette?

Michigan Fall Colors

Marquette is positioned in the northern center of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Upper Peninsula is the northern peninsula of Michigan that is connected by the Mackinac Bridge. To make a long story short, Marquette is way up north. This is another reason why it’s a memorable destination to get up here.

Where are the Best fall colors in Marquette?

Michigan fall foliage

Some of the best scenery around Marquette can be found by just meandering the streets and embracing the lovely foliage. Besides the casual walkabout, the city is packed with hiking and biking trails just outside of town with incredible fall foliage:


When is the best time to chase fall colors in Michigan?

Presque Isle Fall

Anytime in the fall is ideal but mid October has seemed to show some of its best and brightest foliage in Michigan

presque isle

What can I do in Marquette in the fall?

Marquette is a city tailored for the adventurous and outdoorsy. So if you need something else other than just snapping photos of some of Michigan’s fall foliage, and dreamy landscapes, the city will keep you busy. Here is what you can do in Marquette in the fall:

  • Biking – Marquette is one of the Nation’s top rated bike cities. Read more HERE
  • Hiking – Find your Marquette hiking guides here
  • Surfing – Great Lakes SURFING GUIDE
  • Kayaking – Paddle Lake Superior 
  • Fishing – Charters are readily available
  • Drinking – Marquette Breweries are abundant! 
  • Dining – Find your favorite Marquette restaurant 

Marquette is a TOP place for fall foliage in Michigan and the Midwest. Not just this region but the entire USA too. The beauty is that Marquette isn’t just an excellent place for fall but for other seasons as well. Winter can be rough but for the right person, charming.

Need help Planning your Upper Peninsula of Michigan Trip?

Planning a trip soon? Please reach out to me directly  if you need help planning things in Marquette or for anything across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Photography lovers who want to see the best spots in Marquette or want photo session, can book me for a one hour photo shoot. Look forward to seeing you in Marquette or somewhere else in the world.

  • 1 Hour of Marquette’s MUST VISIT FALL SPOTS
  • Recommendations for Best of Marquette and Beyond
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Best Fall Colors in Michigan

Some of Michigan’s best fall colors can be found in the Upper Peninsula. For the best Midwest Fall Colors, you need to make your way here or any other the exceptional options below

Some other amazing places for Top fall foliage in Michigan include:

  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
  • Tunnel of Trees – 20 mile drive in Emmet County on M119
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes 

Where are you chasing fall foliage this year? Get up here now as winter is slowly making its way up here. Not only are the colors going to fade but the temps will slowly drop day by day. Need some ideas for any other Northern Michigan destinations? Check out my 5 Northern Michigan destinations guide here.

OTHER Great Places to See Fall Colors in the United States

Some of the best places to see fall foliage in the United States are:


New Hampshire

Colorado – Aspen, Colorado is home to one of the most photographed mountain ranges in the world, the Maroon Bells

Minnesota – The North Shore of Minnesota is gorgeous in all seasons, but it really shines during the turning of the colors. Drive North from Duluth and have yourself an empty camera battery in no time.

Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas – THE OZARKS. Check the Talimena National Scenic Byway off of your bucket list during the best time to visit!

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