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Michigan is the only U.S. state that is split into two: the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula. The Straits of Mackinac is the narrow channel that creates this division. It also acts as a connector between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, two of the five Great Lakes. Visit the Straits of Mackinac to see several lighthouses and the charming Mackinac Island, a fascinating place to explore.
Although there are five lighthouses in the straits, only two are open to the public. McGulpin Point Light is a modest lighthouse, located next to the famous Big Rock on the shoreline of the Lower Peninsula. Inspect this large rock that has been relied on for centuries to measure changing water levels in Lake Michigan.
Just before crossing the Mackinac Bridge leaving the Lower Peninsula, stop by Old Mackinac Point Light. This picturesque structure looks more like a castle than a beacon for ships. Take a tour or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy the surrounding Colonial Michilimackinac State Park.
The water is also designated as the Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Preserve. This notoriously dangerous waterway is home to 13 known shipwrecks and is a popular destination for recreational divers.
Fly or ferry to Mackinac Island. You’ll be transported to a time before the age of motor vehicles. Take a horse-drawn taxi or rent a bike to get around. Get a taste of history at Fort Mackinac, an American military outpost that saw action in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Don’t miss Arch Rock, an iconic geological marvel. Rent a kayak or go fishing to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
The Straits of Mackinac are only 5 miles (8 kilometers) wide, but the area offers much to do and see. To truly explore, charter a boat for the day. A drive across the Mackinac Bridge that spans the waterway gives you a starting appreciation for the unique beauty of the area.
This family-friendly Mackinac Island resort is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of Mission Church, The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World and Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum. Arch Rock and Robert Stuart House are also within 15 minutes.
Situated near the airport, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, Ste. Anne Catholic Church and Haunted Theatre. The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World and Fort Mackinac are also within 15 minutes.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps away from Haunted Theatre, Biddle House and Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau. Maze Of Mirrors and Robert Stuart House are also within 5 minutes.
Nestled on the beach, this Mackinaw City hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Animal Tracks Adventure Golf, Mackinaw City Dock and Mackinaw Manor Haunted Mansion. Wawatam Park and Spy Quest Laser Maze are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in St Ignace, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Star Line Mackinac Island Main Dock - St. Ignace, Saint Ignace Chamber of Commerce and Museum of Ojibwa Culture. Marquette Mission Park and Wawatam Lighthouse are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Mackinaw City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Colonial Michilimackinac Park, Mackinac Bridge and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Mackinaw Bridge Museum and Mackinaw City Dock are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the centre of Mackinaw City, this family-friendly motel is within a 10-minute walk of Animal Tracks Adventure Golf, Mackinaw Manor Haunted Mansion and Spy Quest Laser Maze. Wawatam Park and Mackinaw Bridge Museum are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in the business district, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Straits State Park, Father Marquette National Memorial and St. Ignace Golf and Country Club. Fort de Baude Museum and Museum of Ojibwa Culture are also within 2 miles (3 km).