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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 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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  • Truly an amazing site to see. We try to make it up there at least twice a year. I love bringing people who have never been here and to see their faces as we drive over it. 
  • It is certainly an impressive structure and has to be the longest bridge I have driven, maybe not as scenic as, lets say, the 1000 Islands Bridge from Lansdowne, ON to Alexandria Bay, NY which is a mu...  more »
  • I admit it...I've never seen the Golden Gate Bridge except in photos. But even in photos I think the Mackinac Bridge is the more picturesque and awe-inspiring of the two. From that first glimpse you g...  more »
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  • My, what an interesting experience for me! It didn't even occur to my mind that I would ever cross this bridge! My brother and his wife took me there. The bridge gives you the opportunity of taking in the scenic views at vantage points. What a lovely bridge to behold from afar!
  • 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!
  • It's exciting to ride across this bridge on a bike. Great views of the Straits.
  • 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.
  • I love Michigan. And the bridge is just another magnificent part of the beautiful Michigan. I love it.