This year one of the last stops on the tour is at Mackinaw City. Although it is called a “city” it is actually a village, comprised of 806 people, according to the 2010 census. Don’t let that fool you though: Mackinaw City summers are full of family-friendly activities and adventures.
If you are unfamiliar with the area you will quickly realize why so many travelers love visiting the Mackinaw area. Mackinaw City is Pure Michigan. Imagine a cool summer’s breeze coming off of the Great Lakes while playing on the city’s white sandy beaches or traveling by ferry to Mackinac Island to step back in time on a horse-drawn carriage tour.
You then decide to speed down a 425 foot long zip line at Eagles Flight Zip Line and finish your afternoon off tasting one (or a few) of Mackinac Island famous fudge flavors. If that doesn’t entice your tourist spirit try horseback riding, the indoor and outdoor water parks, jet skiing, hiking, golfing, a trolley tour or exploring its rustic night life with over 30 saloons and restaurants to choose from.
The modern day sights aren’t the only sights awaiting you. Mackinaw City has a rich history worth exploring. The village is located on the most northern tip of the Lower Peninsula at the southern end of the Mackinac Bridge. The most famous attraction in the area is the Mackinac Bridge, which is the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere with 7,400 feet of roadway suspended in the air over the straits of Mackinac. If you visit during Labor Day weekend you will see thousands of participants in the Labor Day Bridge Run & Walks greeting the sun at 7 a.m. for a breathtaking experience.
The Mackinac lighthouses, Arch Rock, Devil’s Cave, the Grand Hotel, Fort Mackinac, Fort Michilimackinac and Old Mill Creek are also historical sites you can sight see on foot or bike, alone or with a tour guide. The name Michilimackinac comes from the Chippewa word for place of the “Great Turtle.” It was first given to Mackinac Island for its shape and later to the entire Straits of Mackinac region.
Excited now? Yeah, we are too. See you in July!