My busy, busy summer continued this past weekend as I celebrated my sister-in-law’s bachelorette party on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Mackinac Island is a very popular vacation destination for Michiganders as it is located right between the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula as seen in the map below (left).
The appeal of this tiny island lies in the feeling of stepping back through time as you will not encounter vehicles, instead horse drawn carriages and bicycles. Additionally, there’s a lot of history packing into this small island with Fort Mackinac and the beautiful Grand Hotel, however my favorite activity happens to be the leisurely 8 mile bike ride around the perimeter of the island, of which you can trace on the zoomed in map to the top right. You can follow the photos from our biking adventure below as we started out in town, before stopping at the familiar geological formation, Arch Rock, all the while encountering other bikers, runners and horse drawn carriages. While you can bring your personal bike with you on the ferry, bikes can also be rented from several venders located throughout the main street. As a group, we finished our little biking trip in a little over two hours, while taking a few breaks to admire the beautiful scenery.
On our trip back to the mainland on the ferry we were treated to a beautiful view of the five mile Mackinac Bridge (connecting the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula) at sunset with storms rolling in. No trip to Mackinac is complete without picking up some fudge and the obligatory trip across this iconic bridge!