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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  • August 14, 2017
    This bridge is big and with the water it passes over makes to breathtakingly beautiful. We enjoyed driving over and riding under the bridge. If you can do both you will enjoy it!  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Besides the fact that you must cross the Mackinac bridge to get to the Upper Peninsula and that is an awesome place to visit, going over the bridge is fun. Beautiful water, scenery, and beautiful brid...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Beautiful bridge. Great to see from the shore during the day and absolutely beautiful to see it lit up at night.  more »

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