I-500 Race - Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
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If you plan your trip for the right time of year, Sault Ste. Marie is the home of the International 500 Snowmobile Race, known as the I-500. Contestants from all over the U.S. and Canada, have been coming to Sault Ste. Marie every year since 1969. Powerful snowmobiles roar around a frozen track, at over 100 miles per hour, to the delight of one and all. The race takes place on the only 1-mile oval ice track in North America. The action on the banked turns is unbelievable.
Need a break from racing, the nearby trails and parks, are great for cross country skiing and snow shoe hiking.
Sault Ste. Marie means, "the Rapids of Saint Mary", in French. The Saint Mary's River, connects Lake Superior to Lake Huron, and it is along the banks, and on the river, that visitors find much of what makes a getaway here so special. No matter what brings people to the “Soo”, the sight of 1,000 foot long Great Lakes freighters, called “lakers”, making their way through the locks, will be lasting memory. The Soo Locks are a major attraction, and the river is just a block from Portage Avenue, but there is a lot more to see and do.
Photo courtesy of Great Getaways