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.
“Timeless charm and natural beauty”
Step back in time and experience the timeless charm and natural beauty of Mackinac Island. Take a horse-drawn carriage tour, bike around the island, or hike through scenic trails. Visit historic landmarks, enjoy delicious fudge, and take in breathtaking views of Lake Huron. With no cars allowed on the island, Mackinac is a true escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
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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