Strait and narrow
Want to walk on water? Sort of? Head for St. Ignace, Michigan for the 53rd Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk. Labor Day (Monday, September 6th) is the only day of the year when you can walk the scenic span high above the Straits of Mackinac. The five-mile walk across the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere starts in St. Ignace in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and ends on the other side of the 26,372-foot long bridge in Mackinaw City in the Lower Peninsula. (Be prepared to swing if the weather is gusty: The center span between the bridge’s two towers can move 35 feet east or west in strong winds.) For $5, shuttle busses will take walkers from designated parking lots in St. Ignace to the starting line and ferry walkers from Mackinaw City back to St. Ignace post-walk. The walk begins at 7 a.m.; no entry after 11 a.m. Walkers have a shopping incentive: Participants receive a numbered certificate after finishing the walk, and numbers matching those posted in any of the store windows in Mackinaw City or St. Ignace are good for prizes from area merchants.
For lodging, try the Colonial House Inn (90 N. State St., St. Ignace, Michigan; 906-643-6900, colonial-house-inn.com); rates range from $94 to $155. Or, the Mackinac Straits Bed & Breakfast (399 Graham Ave., St. Ignace, Michigan; 989-573-1000, mackinacstraitsbb.com); rates start at $150.
GO 53rd Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk; 906-634-7600, mackinacbridge.org/annual-bridge-walk-7/