The M-185 highway in Michigan, US, seems to be stuck in history as it has banned all motorized vehicles and cars. Horses and bicycles reign Supreme at the M-185, which is located on the famously historic Mackinac Island. Given its rich history and interesting sites, Mackinac Island is a popular tourist spot.
In addition to the motorless highway and the historic Mackinac Island, Michigan has some other stunning things to offer too. In the winters, people can go snowmobiling in the lake-effect snow of the Upper Peninsula. In the summers, its untamed beauty can be experienced with different activities available in the Peninsula.
Reverting back to Mackinac Island in the Michigan state, the highway is an amazingly historical place which will immediately transport you back in time. This is the place where the second ever American National park was created. The National Park was taken care of by the US Army, as a garrison was stationed nearby. The Mackinac Island state park covers eighty percent of the Island area. It can be reached through private boats, ferries, and snowmobiles during the winters.
Back then, the area was a tourist favorite because of being home to the country’s second national park. Today, the area hosts a number of historic sites, like Fort Mackinac, which was built by the British. The entire island is also a National Historic Landmark today. It is also popular due to its architecture and tourist attractions.
Mackinac Island is surrounded by the M-185 highway, as it follows the Lake Hurons shore. What is instantly noticeable about this very narrow road is the absence of motorized vehicles. It is the only state highway in the United States to completely ban motor vehicles.
This unique highway is 8 miles long, and is full of scenic views and breathtakingly beautiful straits dividing the mainland Michigan from The Upper Peninsula. It also divides between the two lakes, Lake Michigan from Lake Huron.
The highway is also famous for not having an accident for more than a hundred years. It was first built in the 1900s,was paved in 1960,and the first car accident that took place on the highway was in 2005.
If you would like to explore the highway, it would be best to do it on foor, or using a horse, horse drawn vehicles or bicycles. Carriages and bicycles are easily available on the highway for the travelers’ convenience.