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Mackinac Bridge, Saint Ignace

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The Mackinac Bridge ( MAK-in-aw) is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac, connecting the Upper and Lower peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan. Opened in 1957, the 26,372-foot-long (4.995 mi; 8.038 km) bridge (familiarly known as "Big Mac" and "Mighty Mac") is the world's 27th-longest main span and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere. The Mackinac Bridge is part of Interstate 75 (I-75) and the Lake Michigan and Huron components of the Great Lakes Circle Tour 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.
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  • Drove across bridge taking my wife there for her 1st time. She loved it. Toured around a bit & drove back over it to the Lower. 
    Drove across bridge taking my wife there for her 1st time. She loved it. Toured around a bit & drove back over it to the Lower.  more »
  • Participated in the Labor Day 2022 Mackinac Bridge Walk and it was a blast! We walked with 26,000 of our closest friends from St. Ignace to Mackinac City and enjoyed every minute of it. It was our... 
    Participated in the Labor Day 2022 Mackinac Bridge Walk and it was a blast! We walked with 26,000 of our closest friends from St. Ignace to Mackinac City and enjoyed every minute of it. It was our...  more »
  • First time visiting the UP. Have heard about this bridge for years. It is really impressive! The views are great. We did not have long lines to get through the toll booth either direction, but I.....  more
    First time visiting the UP. Have heard about this bridge for years. It is really impressive! The views are great. We did not have long lines to get through the toll booth either direction, but I.....  more »
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  • This was such an exciting adventure for us! We were so excited to cross the bridge! I thought it would be scary to cross, but it actually didn’t bother me at all. The fare for crossing one way in a regular car is $4. I think that helps them maintain the bridge very well! We crossed 4 times while on vacation. One night time crossing came with seagulls swooping in and onto the bridge! It was very weird to see this occurring. We had to honk our horn to get them to move! Such a great experience getting to do this! The views from the bridge during the day were breathtaking!! Absolutely gorgeous!! If you’re going up this direction while in Michigan, be sure to make a point to take a trip across the Mighty Mac…you will not be disappointed!!!!
  • Great to visit and view. This is the gate way to God's country or as Michiganders say the UP. Bridge especially nice at night. The view from the bridge is great . The Mighty Mack. Also the rest area North side is a welcome center with model of bridge. And there is a Youg wolf stuffed that was hit by car .
  • It's a bridge that you drive over. It didn't fall apart as we were crossing so 5/5. In all seriousness it is pretty cool. It does have a nice view. $4 for our toll in each direction.
  • Loved the ride on Ugly Anne, & the Wild One jet boat ride. ZIPLINE was closed due to covid
  • You can't go to the Upper Peninsula without stopping here. We normally stay in the Mackinaw city area, and this year we went an hour north and stayed in Paradise. Well, on the way home, we just so happened to hit the bridge area at sunrise, so very lucky! To see the sun light up Mackinac Island to the right, and the bridge at the left was breathtaking. Even if you can't get here at sunrise or sunset, it's a go-to place to enjoy the bridge and water. Plenty of room for a picnic and even some grills at the park for enjoyment.

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