We got our first glimpse of the bridge on our way into St. Ignace at a wayside along the highway. The Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere and the third longest in the world at this time.
Our next view was from the upper level of the campground. Cornelius Vanderbilt suggested in 1888 building a bridge across the straits, but it wasn't until 1954 that the money came together for a bridge to finally be built. If you want all the details I recommend you check out the Bridge Authority's website.
Then we got the view underneath on our Mighty Mac boat ride to Mackinac Island. The total length of the bridge is 5 miles, and the height of the main towers is 552 feet above the water. A whopping 42,000 miles of wire was used for the main cables.
Don't forget the view from the shore on the lower level of the campground. The best views were all non-electric campsites...maybe I'll stop here some time by myself and set up my tent for a night.
We just missed the annual bridge walk which occurs on Labor Day weekend. I'm not sorry we missed that since last year there were 33,000 walkers. I bet traffic in the area was a nightmare! But it would be cool to walk the bridge. Maybe another bridge, another time.