There is a reason the Upper Peninsula wanted to be a state of its own – because it’s a world of its own. But before you get to the Upper Peninsula, travel to the last city in lower Michigan, Mackinaw City.

Take the time to stop and smell the fudge at Mackinac City.
Take the time to stop and smell the fudge at Mackinac City.
Photo compliments of Marsh Williams

Mackinac Bridge

The first thing travelers will see when crossing from lower Michigan into the Upper Peninsula is the Mackinac Bridge. The Bridge is a five-mile-long suspension bridge. It was once the longest suspension bridge in the world. Now it’s the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere.

Mackinaw City

The historical Mackinaw City is the last city you will visit before you cross the Bridge. Get a hotel and stay for sunset. Enjoy breakfast at Audie’s Restaurant. Mackinaw City is renowned for its ice cream and fudge. Take the time to try both! While you are enjoying your sweet treats take a stroll by the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron!

Walk along the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron
Walk along the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron
Photo compliments of Julia Kuzenkov

Visit the history

  • The 18th century Fort Michilimackinac is a Michigan State Park and a National Historic landmark.
  • Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse marks the intersection between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. It began operation in 1889.
  • Take the ferry to Mackinac Island. Book a historic hotel. Take horse and carriage rides. Take a bike ride around the island. Kayak. Eat well. Watch the sunsets. Book a B&B. Go shopping!
  • Icebreaker Mackinac Maritime Ship Museum. The Queen of the Great Lakes was both an icebreaker and wartime transport. It is decommissioned from use. Now it’s available to tour.

Mackinac Bridge, Mackinaw City, and Mackinac Island all have things to do for every traveler. It suits the fancies of the shopper, outdoors person, hiker, boater, biker, and foodie. Take time to branch out from the city to visit wineries, bakeries, and the Headlands International Dark Sky Park. This historic landmark has something for everyone. Don’t bypass Mackinaw City to get to the Mackinac Bridge. Visit Mackinaw and enjoy the full experience.