Michigan’s only island can only be reached by boat, but Mackinac (pronounced Mack-in-awe) has history, shopping, dining, and scenery in spades. It can be done as a day trip, but if you stay for a weekend, you can book a room at the famed Grand Hotel and give yourself plenty of time to check out the Revolutionary War-era Fort Mackinac, as well as the rest of the island. Things move at a slower pace here, partially because cars are banned from the island, so bikes, walking, and horse-drawn carriages are the main modes of transportation. It all adds to the Victorian charm. Also, Mackinac is famous for its fudge, so don’t leave without visiting a candy shop or three.
“an island oasis”
Voted one of the top ten Islands in the world by Conde Nast Traveler and one of the top ten sustainable Islands in the world by National Geographic. On your first night, under an unbound sky ablaze with flirting stars, your troubles merely drift away. Waking to the sound of horse hooves on silent streets, the fail-safe plot you dreamed begins with the daylight. Wrapped in all its graces and grand passions, you’re on Mackinac Island. Tour acres of pristine Mackinac Island beauty by carriage and bicycle. Congregate on a stately white column veranda for the rebirth of storytelling. Promenade the lakeshore boardwalk in the moonlight. Or, simply marvel alone about the wonders of pampered relaxation. Without a sliver of doubt, you’ll see the end of your Mackinac Island visit comes too soon. An oasis for you and your loved ones to enjoy in any season, Mackinac Island enriches all friendships and every family. Pack up your warmth and run away with your childlike giggles to the magic of Mackinac Island. This is the time for you to leave behind tasks as unimportant as reading these words. This is the time for you to make your Mackinac Island reservations. ***When planning a trip to Mackinac Island, please add the Star Line Ferry to your trip instead of this waypoint, so that your trip will route and save.
Awesome place to visit if you're up in Northern Michigan. It's just a short ferry ride away the island is so picturesque in the summertime. I haven't been since I was a kid but it's just sort of a classic summer escape, complete with horse-drawn carriages and salt-water taffy. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the fall as well. Definitely go have a drink at the Grand Hotel and sit out on the porch, it lives up to its name.
Worth a day trip at the very least! Roadtrippers doesn't seem to have anything in terms of restaurants, bars, popular spots, etc. on their maps but my two favorite places to eat/drink are the Yankee Rebel Tavern for the Michigan beer selection and Island Inn for the food. There are some great, easy to hike/ride trails with even better views all around the island. The $25/adult roundtrip ferry tickets will be worth it!
Reasons to go here.
1. Fudge. perfect excuse
2. Visceral dislike of cars and motors.
3. You do like horses.
4. Bike riding.
5. The incredible view of the Mackinac Straits (and the Bridge)
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