Marquette nominated again for USA Today Reader’s Choice contest

Marquette’s Washington Street is pictured. The city has once again been nominated for the USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice contest, which asks public voters to choose the best small town for adventure. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)

MARQUETTE — The city of Marquette has once again been nominated for the USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice contest which asks public voters to choose the best small town for adventure.

The contest contains 20 towns, all with a population of under 25,000 people, that are big on outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and rock climbing, according to the 10Best website.

Marquette lauded the No. 1 spot last year and is currently ranked above the rest of the nominees, including Buffalo, Wyoming; Bryson City, North Carolina; and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

The 10Best website states the following: “The largest town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, still small Marquette sits on the shores of Lake Superior, making it a hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts. Presque Isle Park serves as the launching point for kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding, while McCarty’s Cove offers a family friendly beach. Hikers and paddlers come from all over the world to explore the 150 miles of singletrack, 83 miles of Superior shoreline and 77 waterfalls in Marquette County.”

Voting ends on May 6, so there’s still some time to get on the website, said Susan Estler, executive director of Travel Marquette.

“My advice is for people to vote each day from their various devices,” she said. “We certainly would love to see Marquette end up winning again and defending our status as the best small town for adventure for 2019. It’s a great way to promote and feature Marquette and all the things we have going on.”

The 10 winning small towns will be announced on May 17. Anyone can vote once per day until the cut-off. To vote, visit www.10best.com/awards /travel/best-small-town-for-adventure-2019/

Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.