Michigan, The Great Lake Escape - Page 3
Days Six and Seven: Wilderness State Park to Mackinac Island to Traverse City (125 Miles)
Locals call it the Mighty Mac, the largest expansion bridge in the country. Stretching five miles from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace, the bridge connects Michigan's Lower and Upper peninsulas. Once in St. Ignace, leave your car behind and board one of the $20 ferries heading to Mackinac Island (800.454.5227; www.mackinacisland.org). This sleepy island, with its wealth of Victorian buildings, is stuck in a time warp. Without cars, families are forced to take a horse and buggy or rent bikes.
By all means, leave the crowds behind in downtown Mackinac and bike the eight-mile paved path. Traveling clockwise, you'll reach Arch Rock, where nature has carved out a limestone bridge. Then it's on to British Landing, where British soldiers sneaked onto the island in 1812. Back in town, have lunch at the very casual and kid-friendly Mustang Lounge (906.847.9916). Leave room for Mackinaw's renowned fudge at Murdick's (906.847.3530) or Ryba's (800.44.RYBAS).
There is no camping facility on Mackinaw, so ferry back to St. Ignace. Two miles west of the bridge, the Lakeshore Park Campground (800.643.9522; www.lakeshoreparkcampground.com) has tent sites and access to Lake Michigan. The next day, make your way back to Traverse City and that wonderful lakeshore beach.
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