Each year, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula famously welcomes the first opportunities to explore the colorful display of fall foliage and the small, charming towns on the U.P., like Negaunee and Ishpeming, make it a must-stop with boutique shops and locally-owned restaurants to explore along the way. Between the bursts of oranges, reds, and yellows and blissful, crisp air – Marquette County’s natural surroundings beckon visitors to get outdoors and truly explore the season.
Fall Foliage Displays
From hiking, biking or even driving – there are multiple trails and overlooks for leaf peeping from the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, a 47-mile, multi-use, interpretive trail, to Thomas Rock, a hidden gem scenic lookout, to CR 510 Bridgeview, an overlook that is drivable. For those looking to experience one of Marquette’s 77 waterfalls – three top picks for the best of fall include Morgan Falls, Dead River Falls and Yellow Dog Falls.
Seasonal Sips from Local Craft Breweries
Just a short drive from all of the outdoor adventure, visitors can explore historic Downtown Marquette like a local and go on the hunt for the perfect, fall, craft brew from one of Marquette’s 8+ local breweries. A locals’ favorite, Ore Dock Brewing Company brews it’s ales with clean and cold water supplied by Lake Superior and Barrel + Beam, region’s lone farmhouse ales brewery, offers a wide selection of beers brewed with locally sourced ingredients that are then aged in oak and finished with champagne-like carbonation.
With peak season lasting just a few short weeks, late September to October is the ultimate time to visit the area for some of the most spectacular views decorated with the colors of autumn and to sip on the regions seasonal favorite brews.
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