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Day Trip 4: All Around The Straits

Fort Mackinac

Take your walking shoes and an appetite for fudge! Less than an hour south on I-75, you’ll enter St. Ignace, gateway to the Upper Peninsula.

North of the bridge, you can climb Castle Rock, enjoy the scenic turn-outs, and travel west a bit to the famous “Mystery Spot.” Then south of the Mackinac Bridge, visit historic Fort Michilimackinac and it’s living history exhibits, and many other attractions around Mackinaw City.

Mackinac Bridge, itself, is an important landmark to see and appreciate. The 4th longest suspension bridge in the world is best viewed from a number of parks and vantage points – each with a unique and beautiful perspective.

Three ferry lines leaving from both St. Ignace and Mackinaw City provide frequent service to Mackinac Island. If this is your first visit, be prepared to step back in time; there are no motorized vehicles allowed on the Island, and you’ll travel by foot, bicycle or horse-drawn carriage to tour the sites. The magnificent Grand Hotel is a must-see for every visitor.

 

Historic Fort Mackinac stands high above the Island, and is the site of Michigan’s oldest building. Explore the 14 buildings that stand as part of Fort Mackinac.

Major attractions on Mackinac Island include Arch Rock, Surrey Hill, John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company buildings, Skull Cave and historic Market Street. Maps available everywhere will guide you to points of interest, and there are ample bike rental shops, restaurants and gift shops.