No trip to northern Michigan would be complete without a stop in a city on the Great Lakes. And Alpena, Michigan is paradise for those who love the outdoors. Situated on Lake Huron, Alpena is home to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary protects an estimated 116 historically significant shipwrecks ranging from nineteenth century wooden side-wheelers to twentieth century steel-hulled steamers. Glass bottom boat tours to see the wrecks are popular with tourists.
It will be Canada Day on Saturday, July 1, as the Great Race pulls into border town Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, just an hour north of the majestic Mackinac Bridge. Fireworks from just across the St. Marys River in Canada will be visible after dark. Sault Ste. Marie is the northern most point the Dixie Highway traveled, and the racers will make their way into the city on that road, which is still called the Dixie Highway to this day. Sault Ste. Marie was the first overnight host on the 2012 Great Race and in 2017 they will be the host on the last overnight stop on the event.