An absolute "must" when visiting Mackinac Island is... riding bikes, of course! There are no cars allowed on the island, so the only transportation is walking, biking, riding horses, or taking a horse-drawn carriage. One of the best things to do on the island is to bike all the way around (which is an 8-mile loop). It provides some of the best scenic lookouts, and gets you away from some of the crazy crowds down on Main Street! We rented bikes on this trip, but I really wish we would have brought our own. We just thought with all of Eric's drum equipment it would be too hectic getting it on and off the ferry, but it would have been worth it. These bikes were expensive to rent... and we only had them for a few hours. Plus, my bike is way cuter. Haha! So pro tip... if you can, bring your own bikes!
The first "main" stop you come across when you take off on bikes from Main Street is Arch Rock! We stopped to park our bikes alongside the road to make the hike up the stairs to see it. It was SO busy up there. I loved visiting the island, but if we were to go back and make another full weekend out of it, I'd probably go in the non-peak season (May or September). It was crazy. We could barely stand on the little bridge to snap a picture without a million people trying to do the same, so we decided to snap a few pictures from below the arch. We made the trek back down, and headed off to the next stop!
The next stop was to view the Mackinac Bridge! You can see it super faintly in the background of our photos, but it's such a pretty view. Definitely the prettiest bridge I've ever seen... yes, I know, I'm biased. Haha! We hung out here for a second and enjoyed the sunshine before hopping back on our bikes. Our next stop was to Devil's Kitchen! It's just a small cave, which was carved during the post-glacial period by the waves of Lake Huron. We stopped for a few pictures before heading off on our way. The next stop after that was to view the two lighthouses from land. I have a two posts coming up about the lighthouses, but you get a little peek of them here too!
After biking, we grabbed dinner at Millie's on Main. It was pretty good! We ordered some small plates and appetizers (bacon-wrapped shrimp... yum), so we could save room for ice-cream later on in the evening. After dinner, we rode our bikes back to our bed and breakfast so we could change and freshen up, and headed back to Main Street to return the bikes. I loved this little adventure, and the 8 miles go by so quickly! But I'd definitely bring my own bike next time, so I had it the entire time on the island. I loved walking around places, but it's SO much faster getting around on bike (obviously) and I feel like we would have explored more in the middle of the island if we had our bikes too. I'll be back with a few more posts from our trip to the island... so stay tuned!