The St. Ignace (IG-nus) economy benefits from two groups of tourists: those stopping by on their way to Upper Peninsula destinations, and those using it as a base for Mackinac Island day trips and area exploration.
Along with a large supply of lodgings, restaurants, and services, the city at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge has a few attractions of its own, including museums, parks, even a casino. To the east, you’ll also find several islands worth a look.
Getting to St. Ignace
The easiest way to reach St. Ignace is via car. From the Lower Peninsula, simply cross the Mackinac Bridge; you’ll find St. Ignace at the northern end of “Big Mac.” If you’re already in the U.P., simply head east from Manistique via U.S. 2 or south from Sault Ste. Marie via I-75.
If you have no car of your own, take a Greyhound bus (800/231-2222, www.greyhound.com) to St. Ignace or fly into Pellston Regional Airport (PLN) (231/539-8441, www.pellstonairport.com), rent a vehicle, and head north on U.S. 31, toward the Mackinac Bridge.
by Laura Martone from Moon Michigan, 3rd Edition, © Avalon Travel