Mackinac Island, MI

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Mackinac Island showing general coastal views, outdoor eating and a marina
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.

Mission Point Resort
Mission Point Resort
3.5 out of 5
One Lakeshore Drive, Mackinac Island, MI, 49757
The price is $409 per night from Jul 20 to Jul 21
Stay at this 3.5-star spa resort in Mackinac Island. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (984 reviews)
"If you can't stay at the Grand Hotel. Mission Point Resort is the place to stay."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

Mission Point Resort
Island House Hotel
Island House Hotel
3.5 out of 5
6966 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI, 49757
The price is $439 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 3.5-star historic hotel in Mackinac Island. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (986 reviews)
"The room was big but missing things. No place to put toiletries, small sink area. One towel rack in bathroom but nothing by shower, no grab bar in shower and no where to put your soaps in shower. No soap dish for bar soap, by the sink. Could use another credenza for things to put stuff on. Rusty ..."

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2022

Island House Hotel
Inn on Mackinac
Inn on Mackinac
2.5 out of 5
P.O. Box 1716, Mackinac Island, MI, 49757
The price is $410 per night from Jul 14 to Jul 15
Stay at this inn in Mackinac Island. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (523 reviews)
"That location was perfect."

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Inn on Mackinac
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Cabins of Mackinaw
Cabins of Mackinaw
2.5 out of 5
712 South Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI, 49701
The price is $154 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
Stay at this beach cabin in Mackinaw City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our ...
2.9/5 (529 reviews)
"It was a relatively new space and well designed for the 8 of us!"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

Cabins of Mackinaw
Beachfront Cabin on Straits of Mackinac
Beachfront Cabin on Straits of Mackinac
Mackinaw City, MI
The price is $250 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Stay at this vacation home in Mackinaw City. Enjoy an indoor pool, a water park, and WiFi. Popular attractions Mackinaw City Ferry Terminal and Headlands International ...
3.1/5 (10 reviews)
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"It was a quiet peaceful stay. Thank you"

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2022

Beachfront Cabin on Straits of Mackinac
#8 - Mackinac Point 1 Bedroom Cabin by RedAwning
#8 - Mackinac Point 1 Bedroom Cabin by RedAwning
3.5 out of 5
8410 Paradise Trail, Carp Lake, MI, 49718
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly cabin in Carp Lake. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an arcade/game room. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (5 reviews)
"Cute, comfy, clean cottage."

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2022

#8 - Mackinac Point 1 Bedroom Cabin by RedAwning
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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