One of my favorite parts of living in Michigan is that you can have it all. From cool cities to breathtaking nature spots, the only thing Michigan doesn’t have is an ocean. This past week I was able to make it to a place that makes Michigan one of the most unique parts of the United States; Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Just before crossing the “Mighty Mac,” or the Mackinac (pronounced MACK-IN-AW) Bridge, you can stop in the northernmost town in the lower peninsula, Mackinaw City. This is where you can stop to take in the bridge and snap a few pictures with it.
Once you cross this magnificent bridge, you find one of my favorite little towns in Michigan, St. Ignace. This quaint little town is where my family and I spent countless summers, with the rest of my extended family. From playing in Lake Huron, visiting our favorite shops, watching fireworks, and eating too much ice cream, there was always something for us to do. There is so much history in this town as well as beautiful views, like the ones you see when you climb Castle Rock.
My favorite part of this place is how small the town is the fact that it’s right on the lake. I could spend hours looking through the stones for different designs or flat ones to skip. If I’m not searching for stones I could sit on a bench with some ice cream and watch the ferries go from the mainland to the island and back. St. Ignace is one of the best places to relax with some of the nicest people around.
St. Ignace is also a place where tourists can stay before and after their visits to Mackinac Island. With the lack of cars and the excessive amount of horse-drawn carriages, this eight-mile island makes you feel as if you’ve just stepped into the past. There is a variety of cute shops, cool bars, ice cream shops, and out of the ordinary activities on the island that is fun for the whole family. You can stay on the island during the summer or winter, and some people live there all year round. This is another place that helps Michigan stand out from the other 49 states.
I feel so lucky to be able to drive less than five hours to this beautiful place almost every summer. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to take a trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula or at least to see the bridge and visit Mackinac Island to see the beauty and wonder that exists in the Great Lakes State.
If you’re ever in St. Ignace be sure to visit Indian Village and to climb Castle Rock for me.
Krystal, With a K