This last summer the family and I took a trek over the big bridge and visited the other half of our state. This was my first trip across the Mackinac Bridge and it was a memorable one. The first tip, bring a lot of money because you are going to need it. This road trip was full of great food and great roadside attractions, which is why I highly recommend a visit.
Your first reasons to visit will hit you soon after you have crossed the bridge. First, if you can afford it you will want to hop a ferry and travel over to Mackinac Island. I won’t go into detail about a trip there in this article because I haven’t been there, but I hear it’s nice. The other reason to head over the bridge, right after the watery drive, is to visit St. Ignace. St. Ignace is a beautiful lake view town that is full of tourist traps and great food. There are restaurants around every corner, so just take your pick. But the real reason to visit St. Ignace are it’s abundance of tourist traps.
Start out with a trek down US 2 where you will find Totem Village, Deer Ranch, Weird Michigan Wax Museum and Mystery Spot. At Totem Village you will find an intriguing store full of Native American artifacts and memorabilia. This village also boasts an Indian lore museum and a wildlife zoo. Deer Ranch will amaze you with their albino deer. You can buy a cup of food and feed the deer also, which is very fun for kids and adults alike. The deer will be following you around the whole walk!
My favorite place to visit was the Weird Michigan Wax Museum. This clever wax museum has “the Snake Princess of Belle Isle”, “Michigan’s Dog Man” and even “The Grand Rapids Wooden Leg Murderer.” It is like no other wax museum and their gift shop is full of fun stuff. The Mystery Spot is much like other mystery spots where things roll up hills, people can walk on walls and the shorter person becomes taller than the taller person.
After you have driven back over to Interstate 75 you will want to head north, instead of going right back across the bridge. Just north you you will find Castle Rock. Castle Rock is a huge rock that resembles a castle. You take an exhausting trek up a large flight of stairs to look over all of St. Ignace and the beautiful great lake waters. Castle Rock’s gift shop is like a world of it’s own too, full of gifts and fun hats!
There is much more to do in the U.P. so I would suggest an extended visit, but definitely be sure to check out all that St. Ignace has to offer. It is a fun place and you are sure to fill your trunk with souvenirs!