Northern is located in the city of Marquette (pop. 20,000) in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The region offers: 11 hiking trails; 96 miles of cross country ski trails; 500 miles of snowmobile trails; 11 accessible waterfalls; and 10 miles of city bike paths.
The city of Marquette combines a dramatic natural wonderland of shoreline, forest and hills with a vibrant cultural community, progressive education, business and healthcare. Residents are known for their can-do attitude and warm friendliness, despite the area receiving over 180 inches of snow each year.
There are restaurants, theaters, art galleries and unique shopping. Want something to do? Year round, the Marquette community hosts sporting events, concerts, art shows and dozens of other events.
But don't just trust us. See what these other websites have to say about this Cool City.
National Accolades for Marquette, Michigan
America’s Top Mountain Bike Towns, USA Today (Oct. 2013)
Most Romantic City in the United States, Redbox (Feb. 2013)
Top 20 Micropolitans in the U.S., Site Selection magazine (March 2011)
10 Winter Wonderlands for Retirement. (Jan. 2011) U.S. News and World Report
2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service presented to Marquette’s Peter White Public Library from The Institute of Museum and Library Service.
Ten Best Small Cities to Raise a Family. (Oct. 2010) Forbes
Five-Star Top Performing Entrepreneurial Community. (Oct. 2010) University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Bicycle Friendly Communities. (2010) League of American Bicyclists
7 Top Midwest City Beaches. (Aug. 2010) Midwest Living.
10 great places to feel like an Olympic Champion – USOEC. (Feb. 2010) USA Today
2010 Dozen Distinctive Destinations and No. 1 Fan Favorite (Feb. 2010) National Trust for Historic Preservation
100 Best Communities for Young People (2008, 2007, 2005; Only 3-time winning community in Michigan) America’s Promise Alliance
Best places to live in rural America. (2008) Progressive Farmer
Top 50 Vacation Getaways. Mackinac Island #27, U.P. #41. (March 2008) Disney Family Travel
Top 200 Towns for Outdoorsmen. Marquette is #7. Only town in Michigan. (2008) Outdoor Life
Top Ten Winter Outdoor Family Getaways. (2008) Weather.com, GORP.away.com (Division of Orbitz)
Top 25 Shortest Commutes. No. 1. (2008) CNNMoney.com
Top 25 Places for Singles to Meet Their Match. (2008) CNNMoney.com
Best places to buy vacation property. The Upper Peninsula. (2006) Men's Journal
Top 10 global summer vacation destinations. (U.P.), Sherman's Travel, 2006.
Best Art Towns in America. (2005) Book by John Villani
America's Most Livable Communities. (2004) Partners for Livable Communities,
Michigan Cool City. (2004) State of Michigan
All-America County. (2003) National Civic League
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