Oh Mackinac… you are one of Michigan’s most valuable treasures. The Straits of Mackinac is the narrow strip of water that separates Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. I have come to be quite familiar with the region because it has been an annual family vacation destination for much of my childhood. Before this trip, I had not visited Mackinac in two years. When I had the opportunity to visit to pick up a friend from school in the Upper Peninsula, I was not going to pass it up!
Of course we had to visit Mackinac Island, which is only accessible by ferry. We had a bit of time on our hands to shop while we waited for the next boat to reach the Mackinaw City harbor.
I found this nautical wall decor very cool! Not my preferred style, but I’ll take it!
What makes Mackinac Island so cool is that there are no cars on the island. If you plan on traveling long distances on the island, you might as well bring your bike! If you don’t have a bike, you are not out of luck as there are plenty, and I mean plenty of bike rental shops!
So many people live on the island during the Summer which is where Mackinac reaches its peak tourism. They stay in many communal living centers like the one above.
I spent much of the afternoon revisiting the shops and places along Main Street that I had not seen in what felt like forever. The magic of it all is that everything was left the same way it was in 2013.
If biking is not your thing… ride on horse and carriage!
Once you get away from the business of Main Street, things become quite peaceful and quiet. One of my favorite things to do on the island is just exploring the small neighborhoods and coveting every beautiful lake house around me.
My outfit remained simple for the day’s events. I have learned to pick comfort when the day’s endeavors involve long amounts of walking. I got the tank from H&M and the soccer pants from Adidas.
As the day wound down, it was time to make our way make to the mainland. The lighthouse above always catches my eye when I leave the island and it makes me appreciate Michigan so much. Being a city-bound soul, Mackinac makes me really fall in love with nature.
Before making my way back to Grand Rapids, we stopped at the park that has spectacular views of the bridge. I have only viewed the bridge from St. Ignace which is on the north side of the bridge in the past. This was in Mackinaw City, and it made for a wonderful goodbye to one of my favorite locations in Michigan.
Have a good one, readers.