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    See the Mackinac Bridge

    by AVG2319 Written May 26, 2007

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    A beautiful structure-the third largest suspension bridge in the world-The Mackinaw Bridge connects the lower and upper peninsula's of Michigan. If coming from Wisconsin you will be have to cross this bridge to get to Mackinaw city.

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    Biking

    by relocatedyooper Written May 2, 2007

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    As there are no motor vehicles allowed on the island, and horse-drawn carriage can get pricy, you can rent a bike by the hour from stands on the island. It's a great way to get around the island and enjoy the scenery.

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    Arch Rock

    by Gypsygirl05 Updated Apr 5, 2007

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    The Arch over the lake

    Arch Rock is undoubtedly one of the most-photographed places on the island, and for good reason. The arch is a beautiful sandstone monument that was carved out long ago by the raging waters of Lake Huron, and today it stands in a pretty easily-accessable area. It can be seen from the road that winds around the island, and there is a stairway leading from the road up to the arch (but beware, it's long and steep!). Most horse carriage tours will take you up there, and all bike trails eventually lead to Arch Rock. Concisely stated, a trip to Mackinac is not complete without a trip up to Arch Rock.

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    Get inside the Grand Hotel-- for free!

    by Gypsygirl05 Updated Apr 4, 2007

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    The dominating Grand Hotel

    As you approach the Grand Hotel from town, you'll see some cheerful green signs telling you that you have to pay $12 to step foot on the Grand Hotel porch. But if you're sneaky, you can get in for free. Continue on up the hill, and at the top you'll be able to go a couple different ways. Turn left onto Annex road, then at the fork take a left, and at the next fork take another left (so essentially, you go in a circle around the back of the hotel). You'll wind up on West Bluff Road, and you take that down to the porch of the hotel. There are some great views along this road, so make sure to take your time! Park your bike, act like you belong there, and enjoy the free view from the Grand!

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    The Island State Park

    by AVG2319 Updated Sep 25, 2006
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    Take a ferry to the island for beautiful scenary, limestone bluffs, hiking,biking,shopping,etc. A really peaceful place with some beautiful views. Listen to the birds and the water. Crisp air even in summer.

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    Colonial Michilimackinac

    by AVG2319 Updated Sep 25, 2006

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    A National Historic landmark. If you like history and old towns this is a neat place to visit in Mackinaw City. Reconstructed 1700's French Fur Trading Village and Military outpost. Employees dress up in period attire, playing flutes, drums etc, reenactments of American Revolution Time.

    a reconstructed 1715 French fur-trading village and military outpost that was later occupied by British military and traders.

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    Carriage Ride

    by HotRodEtte Written Jun 30, 2005

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    Since cars are not allowed on the island and the only way to get here is by ferry from Mackinaw City, the only way to get around is to walk...but why not take a horse drawn carriage ride around the island? If you're going from one end to the other this is definitely quicker, or just more scenic and relaxing.

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    View of the "town" from the East Bluff

    by yooperprof Updated Jun 23, 2005

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    sea and sky

    From the corner of Marquette Park, a short trail winds up the hillside to the historic East bluff Cottages along Huron Rd. The view alone makes it worthwhile to climb the steps - not to mention that it helps to burn off some of that fudge you just scarfed down.

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    Arch Rock

    by yooperprof Written Jun 23, 2005

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    looking down to the shore below

    Arch Rock - a "natural bridge" - is probably the most photographed feature of Mackinac Island. It's on the east side, a short walk or bike ride from Mission Point Resort. There are also numerous horse carriages that bring visitors to the site.

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    St. Anne's Church (Roman Catholic)

    by yooperprof Written Jun 22, 2005

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    quiet streets

    St. Anne's Church on Main Street is another popular place for Mackinac Island weddings. It has a great half-circular porch which is ideal for wedding photos right after the service - and a great place for the bride to toss her bouquet!

    I love being able to walk down the middle of the street without fear! Of course, looking out for the patties.

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    The Mission Church

    by yooperprof Written Jun 22, 2005

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    get me to the church on time

    The Mission Church is one of several early 19th century buildings on the island that gives Mackinac something of a New England feel. It was constructed between 1829 and 1830 on land donated by the fur baron John Jakob Astor to serve the Protestant Indians here. Actually, it only served its original purpose for seven years: Astor's American Fur Company left Mackinac in 1837, and the building was closed up and mothballed. It was not until the 1890s when it was re-opened and dedicated to the purpose that it serves now: a chapel used primarily by summer visitors to the island, especially popular on summer Saturday when there is an almost continuous flow of weddings in and out of the building.

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    Fort Mackinac

    by yooperprof Updated Jun 22, 2005

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    commanding the heights

    Forts should be easily defensible, right? So this was a great location for one of the most important trading and defense posts on the great Northern frontier. Fort Mackinac perches on bluff overlooking the harbor where the ferries dock and the fudge shops proliferate. The British began building a fortification here in 1780, when they deciided to move their main Great Lakes base from Michilimackinac on the mainland to this island stronghold. By the terms of the treaty which ended the Revolutionary War (or the "Rebellion of the Ungrateful Colonies, if you prefer), the British were required to relinquish the fort to the new American nation. (The Brits were reluctant to leave and stayed in possession until Jay's Treaty of 1794.) In the War of 1812, the British were able to recapture Ft. Mackinac, and they remained in possession of this strategic hotspot for the duration of the hostilities. While some of the walls and supply structures here date from the fort's earliest years, most of the surviving buildings are from the mid 19th century. But any way you slice it, there's a lot of history here.

    Did you know that "Mackinac Historic Park" was created by the US Congress as far back as 1875, and that it was the second National Park to be created? But in 1895, the Federal Government passed management of the Fort over to the State of Michigan, which has run this site as a State Park for over a hundred years.

    That's a statue of Father Jacques Marquette (1637-75) in the foreground. He founded an Indian Mission here in 1670.

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    Mackinac Bridge Walk

    by Sylva Written Apr 27, 2005

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    Mackinac Bridge Walk

    It is already a tradition; every year on Labour Day at the beginning of September there is arranged the Mackinac Bridge Walk.

    For half of the day one lane on the bridge is closed for cars and people can come and cross the Bridge by foot. It´s a nice 5-mile walk mostly with strong wind but also a gorgeous view around. When you get on the other side of the Bridge you get a certificate confirming your bridge-crossing.

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    Shopping at the Mackinac

    by Sylva Written Apr 27, 2005

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    Main Street  -

    There are plenty of shops and stores on the Island, you can get millions of kinds of T-shirts, hats, shopping-bags and keychains with Mackinac Island on it, "famous Mackinac Island fudge" and other various souvenirs, whatever you look for....there is also couple fashion shop with good quality brand clothing and footwear... there is just everything on the Island...

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    Take a Long Walk

    by katmai Written Nov 13, 2004

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    No cars allowed here, and it is great!! All you hear is the clip-clop of horses ambling down the streets. A walk around the entire island is a pleasant afternoon activity. On the back side of this little island you can feel like the only person in the world.
    Staying over for at least one night on the island in a bed-and-breakfast is most recommended. To wake up in such a "time warped" place is so peaceful.

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