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St. Ignace/Mackinac Island


The gateway to the Upper Peninsula, St. Ignace is the first stop for travelers crossing the Mackinac Bridge. From there, it's just a ferry ride to Mackinac Island, a place that has been stopped in time featuring a former British fort and the beautiful Grand Hotel. Mackinac Island is also the home of the Governor's Mansion, a summer residence for the state's top official. St. Ignace offers tourists a large variety of Upper Peninsula "specialties," such as pasties, smoked fish and fudge, as well as beautiful views of the Straits of Mackinac, which connect the mighty Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. 
Sarah LeSage

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An ore carrier pushes into Marquette.

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Bill Sterrett stands in a portion of maintained state forest land.  It was clear cut around 35 years ago and has grown back.

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Espy Thomas of Sweet Potato Sensations.

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Writer Mark Wedel has plenty of experience on long bicycle treks--but the U.P. presented some new challenges. Here, he shares his recent trail journey, for those who might be considering such a trip.

The Mighty Mac -- a great part of any beautiful drive.

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The Upper Peninsula has so many places to see and things to do that the options for day trips are pretty much endless. But here are a few ideas for day trips no matter what part of the U.P. you happen to call home.
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