Recently, I graduated from the University of Michigan, and my husband surprised me with a weekend trip to Mackinac Island! For those of you not from the area, Mackinac Island is an incredible place off the Eastern shores of Lake Michigan/Huron (they’re connected), within sight of the Mackinac Bridge. The island has been known as “America’s Summer Place” for more than a century, and while people live there all year long, it is especially popular with discerning travelers and vacationers from around the world. It is also one of the 10 most sustainable places in the world! Cars aren’t allowed on the island, and instead locals and tourists alike get around by bicycles, which is so much fun!
Our journey began by taking a ferry over to the island, which is one of the few ways to get there.
I prefer taking the Star Line Ferry because they have a “rooster tail” at the back, which means they kick up water behind them as they go! It creates an awesome rainbow effect if you catch the light just right, plus it’s fun to watch!
We went on the Mighty Mac tour, which goes under the Mackinac Bridge, and is included in the ferry ride a few times each day (it’s not far out of the way since the island is so close to the bridge).
All of the hard work that went into the bridge is just mind-boggling!
I’ve lived in Michigan my entire life, and I’ve gone to Mackinac Island at least once a year, every year, and yet the Mackinac Bridge never fails to impress me. At the time of its construction, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world!
Normally the ferry boats don’t go this close to bridge, but since it was one of the special times of day where they include it on the trip over!
A sign informing us of the proper dress code greeted us as we made our way towards the hotel.