Thursday, August 26, 2010

We got a sunny day and so decided to go to Mackinac Island. To get there you need to go by Ferry from Mackinaw City or St Ignace.
The Mackinac Bridge is the one of the world's most beautiful bridges and the longest suspension bridge in the Americas, with a total length of 8,614 feet suspended. It is currently the third longest suspension bridge in the world.
The Straits link Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. The 5 mile long Mackinac Bridge (Big Mac) links Michigan's Lower and Upper peninsulas.
Coming into Mackinac Island
Carriage Ride
In 1875, Mackinac (pronounced Mackinaw) became the nation's 2nd National Park. 20 years later the park was turned over to the State of Michigan. 85% of the Island are administered by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission.                                                                                                                                        There are no cars, except a few goverment vehicles such as a police car, ambulance and fire engines, allowed on the island. They are behind closed doors. Transportation is by foot, horse carriages and bikes. We ended up taking a carriage tour through the island.                                                                                 I would love to come back another time and bring our bikes. There is a beautiful trail around the island itself. The tour took us by some museums, arch rock and Fort Mackinac, which is Michigan's only original Revolutionary War Fort. We had some lunch at the Seabiscuit Cafe which has an appropriate horse theme. We had several appetizers which were very good.

Arch Rock

Heading to the main street of Mackinac
Horses and Bicycles
Street Sweeper

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