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Michigan – Mackinac Bridge: Gateway to Yooperland

Mackinac Bridge Closeup

I had wanted to see the Mackinac Bridge for a long time and thanks to UPtravel.com, who hosted our lodging and attractions, my kids and I were finally able to see the bridge and the Upper Peninsula this summer. The Mackinac Bridge (pronounced Mackinaw) is an engineering marvel. At five miles long, it is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere, and the fifth longest in the world.

Completed in 1957, the bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac, the waterway that connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Over 4 million vehicles cross the bridge each year. The towers […]

Maine – Lobster Boat Cruise

pushing trap - lobster cruise

One of the more unique activities we’ve done on vacation was going on a cruise on a working lobster boat. Lucky Catch Cruises in Portland, Maine offers 90-minute cruises on which you can learn all about trapping lobsters, by doing it yourself. Lucky Catch takes passengers on cruises only in the summer; the rest of the year it is a commercial lobster boat.

This is not your ordinary sightseeing cruise. You and your kids will be outfitted in an apron or bib overalls in preparation for the work you will do.

Captain Tom and his crew will take you […]

Wisconsin – Wind Point Lighthouse

Wind Point Lighthouse

Historic lighthouses can be found on both coasts, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Great Lakes. Today I’m featuring the Wind Point Lighthouse near Racine, Wisconsin. My husband grew up about a mile from this lighthouse, so we visited the lighthouse during one of our trips to Grandma’s house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wind Point Lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places, for good reason. It became operational in 1880, making it one of the oldest active lighthouses on the Great Lakes. It stands at 108 ft., so […]