Mackinac IslandUnited States of America

This tiny Michigan island city prohibits the use of motor vehicles, making it an unusually tranquil and old-fashioned enclave of the United States.

Mackinac Island’s simple charm is perfect for visitors who enjoy the quiet life. Its large state park offers a wide range of sightseeing opportunities, and there are many outdoor activities on offer, including hiking and cross-country skiing in winter.

Getting to Mackinac Island is best done by ferry from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace. Ferries depart daily in the summer season. Cars have been prohibited on the island for more than 100 years, so bikes, horses and walking are the predominant means of getting around.

Take a carriage tour of the island or hire a bike from the rental companies on the island. If you prefer, you can also take your own bicycle over on the ferry for a small fee.

The prime time for visiting Mackinac Island is during the warmest months, which commence in May and taper off around August. The island does operate as a winter resort as well, though, with picturesque walks and cross-country skiing on offer. In the winter, you may also get to see the much-talked-about “ice bridge”, created when the water between Mackinac Island and St. Ignace freezes around February.

Mackinac’s history as a Victorian summer resort can be seen in some of its architecture, such as the Grand Hotel, which is still operational today.

With a perimeter road of just 8.3 miles (13.3 kilometers), Mackinac Island is particularly small, and you can see most things inside a few days. Make sure to take in the highlights, including the historic Fort Mackinac (which once served as a military outpost and is today an immersive visitor experience), Great Turtle Park and the Island’s butterfly sanctuaries. The coastline around the whole Island is a beautiful mixture of marinas, cliff tops and beaches.

Mackinac Island is also famed for its assortment of fudge shops, such as Murdick's Fudge, which uses natural butter, cream and flavorings. Don’t be surprised if people call you a “fudgie”; that’s the nickname given to tourists.

Top Hotels in Mackinac Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Island House Hotel
Island House Hotel
2.5 out of 5
6966 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI
The price is $218 per night

Located in the heart of Mackinac Island, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, Mackinac Island Tourism ...

4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"The property has a great location. Just far enough from downtown to avoid the crowds when you want, but close to everything. The staff is always friendly and accommodating. Our room was very clean and ready when we arrived. A few downsides: the hotel shouldn't sell the 1st floor rooms as premium ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Island House Hotel
Lake View Hotel
Lake View Hotel
3 out of 5
7452 Main Street, One Huron Street, Mackinac Island, MI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $286 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Lake Huron, Haunted Theatre, and Biddle House. Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau and Maze Of Mirrors are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (972 reviews)

"Great location - nice spacious rooms - friendly staff - great pool and jacuzzi. Breakfast very poor (give a coupon to local restaurant instead), air conditioner too loud, and bathrooms need upgraded."…"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

Lake View Hotel
Mission Point Resort
Mission Point Resort
3.5 out of 5
One Lakeshore Drive, Mackinac Island, MI
The price is $276 per night

This family-friendly Mackinac Island resort is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World and ...

4/5Very Good! (995 reviews)

"Great place!!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Mission Point Resort

Popular places to visit in Mackinac Island

Fort Mackinac
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Fort Mackinac

4.5/5(425 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Mackinac Island with a trip to Fort Mackinac. Amble around this family-friendly area's lakeside, or seek out the biking trails.

Arch Rock
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Arch Rock

4.5/5(798 reviews)

Explore the lovely green spaces of Arch Rock and enjoy the biking trails in Mackinac Island. Wander the lakeside and beautiful beaches in this family-friendly area.

Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory
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Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory

Take the family on an outing to Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory during your trip to Mackinac Island. Stroll along the waterfront or seek out the biking trails.

Reviews of Mackinac Island

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 17, 2019

Love it one of my favorite places to go exploring

5/5 - Excellent

SRF

Oct 30, 2019

Perfect for a one night stay. Take the carriage tour and have a drink in the Grand Hotel

4/5 - Good

D

Oct 28, 2019

Love the island, great getaway

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 25, 2019

I love ❤️ the Island. It is a great place to visit!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 20, 2019

We enjoyed our trip immensely! There is so much to do and see. Highlights were biking around the island, taking the carriage tour and walking the gardens at the Grand Hotel.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 19, 2019

Rented bikes to pedal around the perimeter of the island. Highly recommend!

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Following our noses to the most aromatic destinations

Following our noses to the most aromatic destinations
Following our noses to the most aromatic destinations
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