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Mackinac Island, MI
Travel Guide

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.

Inn on Mackinac
Inn on Mackinac
2.5 out of 5
P.O. Box 1716, Mackinac Island, MI
The price is $300 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Situated in Mackinac Island, this hotel is steps from Lake Huron, Ste. Anne Catholic Church, and The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (374 reviews)
"As advertised"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Inn on Mackinac
Mission Point Resort
Mission Point Resort
3.5 out of 5
One Lakeshore Drive, Mackinac Island, MI
The price is $354 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (986 reviews)
"I thought it was going to be nicer manicured. The rooms were very simple. No dressers or desks."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Mission Point Resort
Murray Hotel
Murray Hotel
2 out of 5
7260 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI
The price is $324 per night from Jul 2 to Jul 2
Located in the heart of Mackinac Island, this hotel is steps from Lake Huron, Maze Of Mirrors, and Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau. Robert Stuart House and Haunted ...
4.3/5Excellent! (607 reviews)
"Easy access to all that the island has to offer."

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Murray Hotel
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.
Downtown Condo With Free Boat Dockage, Close to Ferry to Mackinac Island
Downtown Condo With Free Boat Dockage, Close to Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinaw City, MI
The price is $299 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Located in the heart of Mackinaw City, this romantic condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Mackinaw City Ferry Terminal, Animal Tracks Adventure Golf, ...
2.5/5 (4 reviews)
Lighthouse Hotel
"The place was great, and I would come here again with my family."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Downtown Condo With Free Boat Dockage, Close to Ferry to Mackinac Island
Cabin #2 - "kitchitikipi"
Cabin #2 - "kitchitikipi"
Carp Lake, MI
Situated on a lake, this historic cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Mackinaw City Ferry Terminal, Wilderness State Park, and Lake Huron. Mackinaw City Trailhead ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Great!
"Ritchie was helpful getting settled and the cabin was great. It was clean and the private picnic table and fire pit were fantastic. We woke up to a gorgeous sunrise over the lake. Very close to the dark sky park and other great attractions. We hope hope to back."

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Cabin #2 - "kitchitikipi"
Mackinaw City Area- Lake Huron - Charming log Cabin
Mackinaw City Area- Lake Huron - Charming log Cabin
Cheboygan, MI
Situated on the waterfront, this cabin is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Lake Huron and within 6 mi (10 km) of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and Jack Pine Lumberjack ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)
great place
"great"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Mackinaw City Area- Lake Huron - Charming log Cabin
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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