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Traverse Beautiful Upper Michigan in your Marquette Rental Car

One of Michigan’s largest cities in the UP, Marquette is set on the shimmering shores of Lake Superior that’s best enjoyed in the spring and summer. After you land at Sawyer International Airport, get ready for a scenic drive along the many winding roads and hilly landscapes in your Thrifty rental car as you explore all of the, often overlooked, part of Michigan has to offer. From local cuisine to pristine wildlife, shopping and more at every turn — spend enough time in Marquette and you’ll be able to call yourself a “Yooper.”

The Yooper Pasty

Pronounced “pass-tee,” be sure to try this one-of-a-kind local favorite. Made in the style of a meat turnover, this dish was originally brought to the area by Cornish miners. It’s also commonly available in varieties like chicken, venison, pork, hamburger and even pizza. Be sure to try this flakey, savory and delicious treat. Just try not to get any on the seat in your Thrifty car rental — because you’ll want to savor every bite.

Downtown Marquette

Just a quick drive from the Sawyer International Airport is the rustic splendor of Marquette’s downtown area — brimming with lots to see and do among the many shops, eateries and landmarks. This quaint downtown area offers a wide variety of regional cuisine with everything form Cajun to German. But, for a quick and affordable meal, check out Donker’s. Or, try on something new at Getz — your go-to clothing collection shop with an eclectic selection of mainstream and local trends. And if you’re feeling adventurous, rent a bike from the local shop to take a pleasant ride out to Presque Isle.

Lakenenland Junkyard Art

Drive your Marquette rental car just east of town on Highway 28 directly opposite of Shot Point road to find Lakeland Junkyard Art — a 37-acre park with more than 80 larger-than-life sculptures. Designed by the hands of local ironworker Tom Lakenen, these sculptures are scattered throughout the beautiful landscape with everything from rebar alligators to creatures from another world.

Da Yoopers Tourist Trap

Voted the best gift shop in Michigan in 2015 by Lake Superior Magazine, this must-see attraction is everything UP in one place. Point your Thrifty rental car’s GPS to 490 N. Steel street because you won’t want to miss attractions like the world’s largest chainsaw and thousands of souvenirs, gifts and gags galore.

The Steinhaus Market

Part butcher shop, part restaurant, be sure to pull into this full-service destination in your Thrifty rental car, as it’s quickly becoming a local favorite. Steinhaus Market features their very own original sausages, and cures their own meat with original mustard recipes made right in the kitchen. With everything from pastries to truffle fries, this simple, old-world German-style eatery prides itself on fresh, in-house dishes perfectly prepared in every detail. 

Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum

There’s no learning quite like hands-on learning. This one-of-a-kind direction is not only the top pick of every kid’s list when visiting Marquette, but it’s also the only museum of its kind that features exhibits created by kids and enjoyed by everyone. In fact, hundreds of children were taken through a “design-o-saurus” participatory design process to create every unique and whimsical exhibit you have to see to believe.