The world’s longest timber-towered suspension bridge, standing 118 feet above the valley below, is not for the faint of heart.
SkyBridge Michigan, located north of Traverse City at Boyne Mountain Resort, opened to the public on October 15. The approximately 1,200-foot-long bridge, dubbed a “architectural masterpiece,” provides quite an experience for adrenaline seekers, those looking to take in spectacular views, or others looking to overcome their fear of heights.
For Chicagoans, getting there and back in a weekend – or even a single day – is simple, as the bridge is approximately 350 miles from the city, which takes about 5-and-a-half hours one way depending on traffic.
When you arrive at the resort, you’ll take a chairlift ride to the top of the mountain before embarking on what could be the most terrifying part of the experience. You’ll cross the suspended bridge while taking in panoramic views of Boyne Valley. According to a resort news release, a portion of the bridge even has see-through glass flooring, providing an unobstructed view of the valley floor nearly 118 feet below.
If you get hungry while on top of the mountain, the resort has you covered.
Eagle’s Nest, the mountain peak eatery, offers a full bar, hearty sandwiches, soups, burgers, and much more, with even more spectacular views.
While fall is arguably one of the best times to visit, the bridge is actually open year-round due to the colorful fall foliage. You can’t help but notice the bridge at night because it’s illuminated for all to see. SkyBridge Michigan is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until Oct. 31, then only on Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 4 to Dec. 4. The bridge’s December season begins on the ninth of that month, when it will reopen daily.
Tickets cost $25 for adults aged 11 to 69, $20 for seniors aged 70 and up, and $15 for children aged three to ten. Children under the age of two are admitted free of charge.
Tickets are valid for the entire day, so you can make as many trips as you want.
SkyBridge Michigan information can be found on the Boyne Mountain website here.
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