• Mackinac Island, Michigan

      Street scene on Mackinac Island
      Photo by Harry Kline
      Mackinac Island is located in Lake Huron, just off-shore of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. There is no land bridge, but three companies provide ferry service with rooster-tail boats that skim the water from either Mackinac City or St. Ignace. The trip takes about 30 minutes, and is sometimes cool and wet if the wind blows. There are no cars allowed on Mackinac, but you can walk, bicycle or ride in a horse-drawn carriage to the major attractions, the colonial town, The Grand Hotel, Arch Rock and Fort Mackinac.Plan on at least a full day to see all the sights on the island. Purchase souvenirs and, of course, the fudge from one of the many shops along the way. Pageantry, history, and maybe a celebrity sighting or two await you on this famous island between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.

      If you go:
      Dress warmly for the ferry ride, and wear walking shoes. You'll need them, even if you do ride some of the way. Summer is best due to bay/island weather. Most attractions are open from May to mid-October, but areas of the State parks are open year round.

      Mackinac Island, Michigan 49757 USA