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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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  • I'd been across this bridge before, but it still amazed me just because it's so magnificently large. We arrived about 10 am and it was fairly breezy but with the speed limit being low, it's not an iss...  more »
  • Although we've been there many times, it never ceases to amaze. It's a beautiful setting with much to do in the warmer months. After October 31, it's a ghost town and everything except the Mustang Lou...  more »
  • To the Michigander, its another bridge. To the traveler looking to cross the Straits, its 5 miles of suspension bridge! There is a toll on the bridge to cross going north/ coming from the south, I do ...  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.