Escanaba is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, located in the banana belt on the state's Upper Peninsula. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 13,140, making it the third-largest city in the Upper Peninsula after Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie. It is the county seat of Delta County. There is also Escanaba Township, which is north of the city and is not adjacent to it, although a portion of the urban area around the city extends into the township. Both are named for the Escanaba River that flows into the Little Bay de Noc of Lake Michigan just north of the city.
Escanaba has a mall called the Delta Plaza Mall, a small enclosed shopping mall which features JCPenney and ShopKo as its anchor store. Although it is successful, its biggest retailer is Wal-Mart. The other retailers in the town are Menards, K-mart, Walgreens, and The Tractor Supply Company. In the downtown district, there are smaller shops, including The Record Rack, T & T True Value Hardware, St. Vincent De Paul, Ernie's Irish Pub. Eateries include: Drifters, Family Inn, The Buck Inn, Hereford and Hops, Swedish Pantry, Rosy's Diner, Stone House, and the Ludington Grill. Bars and Saloons: Catmando's, Ernie's Irish Pub, Stardust and Barons. Butcher Shops: Viau's Market and Kobosic's Market.
- US 2 runs eastward to St. Ignace and the Mackinac Bridge 143 miles (230 km) to the east. Along the way it passes through Gladstone, 9 miles (14 km) north/east and, Manistique, 54 miles (87 km) east. It runs west concurrent with US 41 until Powers, and from there 21 miles (34 km) west to Iron Mountain.
- US 41 connects with Marquette 66 miles (106 km) to the north and with Powers 24 miles (39 km) west before turning south to Menominee.
- M-35 runs northwest 51 miles (82 km) through undeveloped areas to Gwinn. Going south, it provides a direct route along the shore of Green Bay to Menominee, 55 miles (89 km) to the southwest.
- M-69 runs northwest toward many rural communities before ending at Crystal Falls.