My favorite thing we did in Michigan was bike around Mackinac Island. Like I said in my last post, we stopped at the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse before taking the ferry, which was operational from 1890 to 1958.
It was built to help ships make the passage through the Straights of Mackinac, one of the busiest crossroads of the Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes were absolutely crazy. We swim in the Atlantic while in Hilton Head, but we can see Savannah, or Tybee Island, or Daufuskie from the beach. When we looked at the Great Lakes, all we saw was water.
To get to Mackicac, we took Shepler's Island Ferry from Mackinaw City.
Once we pulled into Mackinac Island, we rented bikes and got going. Luckily, we could rent 7 or 10 speed bikes, because I would not bike around the Island on a cruiser. Trying to bike anywhere on a cruiser is like 15x more difficult than if you were on a bike with gears.
The houses on the island were so cute. I love the chevron bricks and wooden gates of this house entrance. These multi-colored adirondack chairs are basically my lawn goals. (But have you ever tried to buy adirondack chairs? They are surprisingly pricey.)
Once we got onto the open biking trails, the views were unbelievable.
If you are ever on the island, I highly recommend this. We only had time to bike around once and pick up some fudge before hopping back on the ferry for wedding festivities. But we came back the next day to visit the Grand Hotel.