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Why St. Ignace is the Perfect Hub for Your Upper Peninsula Adventure

The gateway to the Upper Peninsula, St. Ignace, is centrally located, and the first stop after crossing the Mackinac Bridge. Read on for even more reasons St. Ignace, #YourHomePort, is the perfect hub for your upper peninsula adventure!

1. Lodging

St. Ignace Lodgings

No trip is complete without a place to stay, and St. Ignace is brimming with affordable, easy and comfortable hotel options – including 9 on the lakefront!

Most notably, there are 13 pet-friendly hotels, so wherever you’re visiting in the UP, you can bring your best friend. If rustic is more your thing, try the cabins and 5 campgrounds

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2. Best way to get to Mackinac Island

St. ignace Mackinac Island

It’s a no brainer to stay in St. Ignace if you want to visit Mackinac Island. Two ferry lines bring you to the island-resort daily from docks in downtown.

The island is essentially a Victorian village, meaning that there are no cars on the island! You can chow down on some famous fudge, then take a horse & buggy ride to one of its great attractions, like the Arch Rock formation, historical Fort Mackinac, and the magnificent porch of the Grand Hotel.

3. Discover the Great Lakes on Cruises

There’s no better way to gaze at spectacular shoreline of the Upper Peninsula than by embarking on cruises from St. Ignace. The Sunset Cruises navigate the Straits of Mackinac, passing lighthouses and revolutionary-era Colonial Michilimackinac – concluding with a dramatic, horizon sunset on Lake Michigan under the Mackinac Bridge.

St. Ignace Lighthouse Cruise

The Lighthouse Cruises focus on the beacons of Upper Peninsula. On a skillfully narrated tour, you’ll pass under the Mighty Mac and either head west to Lake Michigan or east to Lake Huron – seeing at least 4 lighthouses.

Enjoy the St. Ignace Saturday Night Fireworks Cruise hosted by Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry. The cruise leaves from St Ignace Dock #2 every Saturday night from July 6th to August 31, 2019. This hour and a half cruise will take you out in Lake Huron and cruise around to watch the fireworks from the water. You are welcome to bring your own beverage. No glass bottles please.

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4. Character & Events

St. Ignace Downtown

St. Ignace is emblematic of the Upper Peninsula as a whole: you’ll enjoy peace and quiet while also having plenty of things to do and places to eat - try some famous UP pasties. However, it’s much more relaxed and authentic compared to other tourist areas you might walk into, and its great events make it easy to find people who share your passions.

5. Day Trips

St. Ignace Tahquamenon Falls

St. Ignace is uniquely, centrally placed which allows a trip to easily branch out and instigate a variety of adventures! Check out all your options here.

St. Ignace is a fantastic, affordable place to stay, while being both central and near to all the wonders of the Upper Peninsula Michigan! Feel free to request a visitor guide, sign-up for our newsletter, and book your stay today!

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