For many, a visit to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula begins with crossing the iconic Mackinac Bridge. There are two places where you can get the best photos of this beautiful bridge.
Driving across the five mile long Mighty Mac is a memorable experience.
From the center of the bridge you have a 360 degree view of the Straits, including Mackinac Island. Look down and waves churn and froth where lakes Michigan and Huron meet under the bridge. Overhead, you see the statuesque ivory white support towers rising 552 feet above the Straits of Mackinac. If you have passengers in the car, they can snap some photos or take videos. Of course, if you’re driving, you should keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. You’re not allowed to stop anywhere on the bridge, so don’t get any ideas about taking the ultimate selfie. There are places at both the north and south ends of the bridge where you can stop and take photos of the bridge and even stand under it.
Alexander Henry Park – Mackinaw City
Alexander Henry Park in Mackinaw City on the south end of the bridge is one of the best places for viewing the bridge. It’s right on the beach, and you can dip your toes in the clear, blue waters of the Straits. You can also take great photos of the bridge and even walk under the bridge. Up close and personal, you’ll see just how massive the bridge is. The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is at the park also, and is open for tours May through October. Right next door is Colonial Michilimackinac, where you’ll see what life was like in French colonial fort in early 1700s Michigan. It’s also open Many through October. To get to Alexander Henry Park take exit 339 from I-75 North to North Nicolet Street in Mackinaw City. Continue on Nicolet for less than half a mile.
Bridge View Park, St. Ignace
On the North end of the Mackinac Bridge, near St. Ignace, you’ll find Bridge View Park. The park also offers stunning views of the bridge, and it has plenty of parking. Maintained by the Mackinac Bridge Authority, it features an indoor exhibit about the construction of the bridge. Videos and photographs tell the story of this engineering marvel. You’ll also find restrooms, grills and picnic area at the park. It’s open mid-April thru mid-November. To get to Bridge View Park cross the Mackinac Bridge and take exit 344B from I-75 North to US 2 West. Continue on US 2 for about a mile.