West Color Tour - Marquette
The West Tour is another scenic fall tour as travelers drive south from Marquette on US-41 and turn in at the entrance of the Nordic Bay. Stay to your left on the Cliff Tower Road and follow the signs up Mount Marquette for a panoramic look of Marquette. The road comes out on County Road 553, where you turn left and travel past Marquette Mountain Ski Resort to the intersection of County Roads 553 and 480. Turn right on County Road 480 and drive west to Business M-28 in Negaunee. Turn left on Business M-28 and continue west through the historic iron mining regions of Negaunee and Ishpeming to US-41. Turn left onto US-41 and travel west approximately three miles to Wawonowin Road (County Road 478) and continue past the golf club and the Greenwood Reservoir. County Road 478 takes you west 10 miles into Republic. Turn right on M-95 and travel north to US-41. Turn left on US-41 and drive west through Champion and Michigamme. In Michigamme, see craft shops and a historic log restaurant where the movie “Anatomy of a Murder” was filmed. If you would like to stretch your legs, hike on the Lookout Trail located approximately one mile north on the Peshekee Road. On the return trip to Marquette along US-41, side trips include the Moose Lift Kiosk at Van Riper State Park, the National Ski Hall of Fame in ishpeming, and the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee. Approximate tour distance: 100 miles.