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Mackinac Bridge, Mackinaw City

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
The Mackinac Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the Upper and Lower peninsula 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 16th-longest in total suspension and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western hemisphere. The Mackinac Bridge carries Interstate 75 and the Lakes Michigan and Huron components of the Great Lakes Circle Tours across the straits and 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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  • what can I say? its a bridge. Its long 5 miles. It is beautiful to look at and we took many pictures of it. he bridge took us to St Ignace and back. 
  • We decided after crossing the bridge twice that we might like be Yoopers and not living under the bridge like trolls! 
  • It's just a bridge and you have to go over it. I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. Good views from it. 
  • A very awe inspiring bridge to drive across; you can see the blood, sweat, and tears that went into making this behemoth. However some design choices keep the bridge from feeling completely safe. The lanes are narrow and often flooded with Semis and large RV's due to the abundance of vacationers. There is a lane on each north and southbound consisting of a steel drainage grating plate that is very nerve wracking to drive over, as it has a tendency to pull your vehicle to the left and right. Side railings are pretty short too, and it often makes you wonder if the right gust of wind will blow you off the edge. What a sight to behold across the straits though!
  • always a good time crossing the bridge and im glad to pay the toll to help keep up this awesome super structure lve walked the bridge 10 times and love it and plan on doing it more in my opinion its the greatest bridge ever and i commend the men and women who maintain the bridge on a daily bases thank u for your hard work
  • Gorgeous scenery and friendly booth operator. Quite a great traveling experience! We followed the bridge up and around to US-2 to Wisconsin and look forward to repeating the trip in autumn next time at the peak of the season.
  • Such a cool bridge. Doesn't get the notoriety that some big bridges in San Fran and New York but is equally is as impressive, if not more so. Just another Michigan gem that most people don't kno about!
  • I think that the Mackinac bridge is very pretty but still needs work to it the bridge is a little rough. Five Star if I say so myself. That look scary that Mackinaw trailer got blown over off the hitch of the truck.
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