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Mackinac Bridge, Mackinaw City

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The Mackinac Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan. Opened in 1957, the 26372ft bridge (familiarly known as "Big Mac" and "Mighty Mac") is the world's 19th-longest main span and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere. The Mackinac Bridge is part of Interstate 75 and the Lakes Michigan and Huron components of the Great Lakes Circle Tours across the straits; it is also a segment of the U.S. North Country National Scenic Trail. The bridge connects the city of St. Ignace on the north end with the village of Mackinaw City on the south.Envisioned since the 1880s, the bridge was designed by the engineer David B. Steinman and completed in 1957 only after many decades of struggles to begin construction.LengthThe bridge opened on November 1, 1957, connecting two peninsulas linked for decades by ferries. A year later, the bridge was formally dedicated as the "world's longest suspension bridge between anchorages", allowing a superlative comparison to the Golden Gate Bridge, which had a longer center span between towers, and the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, which had an anchorage in the middle.
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  • A favorite destination. Great to see especially at night, and the history of the bridge is pretty fascinating, as well. Take the ferry ride under the bridge for an even better experience.  more »
  • Don't miss the chance to drive across this magnificent bridge and visit the Upper Penninsula. Plan ahead and walk across for the annual labor day event on September 4th of 2017.  more »
  • I've been to bridge many times and I never get tired of seeing it. Make sure to go cross the bridge and go west about 2 miles and there is a lookout. Make sure to see it at night. There are boat trips...  more »