The Wolverine State is full of natural and man-made marvels, but few are more iconic than the Mackinac Bridge. This five-mile long suspension bridge spans the adjacent points of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, connect Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas. A drive over this behemoth is well worth your time if you’re visiting Northern Michigan, as it provides stunning views out over the lakes and Mackinac Island. So, hop in the car and head up to the Tip of the Mitten for loads of fun activities and great scenery! Before you go, request our free Vacation Guide for local tips and trip ideas in every region of the state!
The History of the Mackinac Bridge
After over 75 years of planning a bridge that could connect both of Michigan’s peninsulas, David B. Steinman completed the Mackinac Bridge in 1957 as a solution to year-round passage across the strait. Today, the “Mighty Mac” is the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world and frequently finds itself on television shows featuring the world’s architectural marvels.
Things to Do Near the Mackinac Bridge
Colonial Michilimackinac sits at the southern base of the Mackinac Bridge and features the old fort and trading post built by the French and later taken over by the British. This open-air historical museum allows you to step back in time to the 1700s as you walk through the colonial town and watch musket firings, exploring arts and crafts from the area, and incredible views of the Mackinac Bridge.
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is just a five-minute walk from Colonial Michilimackinac and is a great spot to relax and take in more views of the Mackinac Bridge. While you’re here, take a tour of the old lighthouse that guided shops across the strait since the late 1890s and looks like it’s part of a castle.
Headlands International Dark Sky Park
Get ready for a light show like no other at Headlands International Dark Sky Park. The lack of light pollution along the shores of Lake Michigan makes the northern tip of Michigan a perfect spot to stargaze and on certain occasions, see the Northern Lights! Check out their programs and events to see what extra activities and learning opportunities are happening in the park during your visit! Prepare for an unbelievable, jaw-dropping experience!
Mackinac Island is the crowning jewel of Northern Michigan. This gorgeous island features an early 20th-century town at the port that looks like it is straight out of Walt Disney World. Stroll the streets and shop at one of the many boutique stores or grab a bit to eat at a local restaurant. Make your way up to iconic and stately Grand Hotel, with its grand interior and sweeping balcony overlooking Lake Huron. There are plenty of tours, carriage rides, boat tours, and biking rentals that allow you to explore and learn about the entirety of the island. Then it’s time to hop back on a ferry to the mainland at the end of the day
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