Overview Mackinac Island

Visiting Mackinac Island

Situated in Lake Huron between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan, Mackinac Island is a historic resort town, famous for its quiet, horse-traversed streets, its beautiful 19th century homes and the stunning Mackinac Island State Park.

The streets of Mackinac Island are filled with the sound of horses, whether from Cindy’s Riding Stable or the constant Horse-Drawn Buggy Tours that convey visitors to and from the island’s top spots like the 19th century Grand Hotel, the historic Fort Mackinac, and the natural wonder of the Arch Rock in the Mackinac Island State Park, which frames the waters of Lake Huron below.

Family-friendly recreation is plentiful on the island, with spots like Ryba’s Fudge Shop and the Mackinac Island Butterfly House as perennial favorites.... Read More
Situated in Lake Huron between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan, Mackinac Island is a historic resort town, famous for its quiet, horse-traversed streets, its beautiful 19th century homes and the stunning Mackinac Island State Park.

The streets of Mackinac Island are filled with the sound of horses, whether from Cindy’s Riding Stable or the constant Horse-Drawn Buggy Tours that convey visitors to and from the island’s top spots like the 19th century Grand Hotel, the historic Fort Mackinac, and the natural wonder of the Arch Rock in the Mackinac Island State Park, which frames the waters of Lake Huron below.

Family-friendly recreation is plentiful on the island, with spots like Ryba’s Fudge Shop and the Mackinac Island Butterfly House as perennial favorites. Mackinac Island’s historic homes preserve much of its charming history, with the Robert Stuart House and the nearby Biddle House serving as two of its more popular historic museums.

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Stories and Tips Mackinac Island

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Mackinac Island: Trading Cars for Fudge

Written by callen60 on 11 Dec, 2008

This is Michigan’s most famous vacation spot, a small island with an eight-mile perimeter that is slightly out of step with the rest of the world. It’s steeped in history, with a touch of mystery, privilege, Victorian graciousness, natural beauty, and more than a little…Read More


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Circling the Island

Written by callen60 on 08 Dec, 2008

Mackinac Island is surprisingly small in some ways; surprisingly large in others. The absence of cars immediately makes it a bigger place, leaving the end away from the boat docks accessible only the slower modes of foot, bike or carriage. Any visit to the Island…Read More


How to get there (Keweenaw) from here (Mackinaw)

Written by water-lover on 20 Mar, 2001

Take I-75 north across "the bridge" and follow itabout 7 miles north to M-123. Take M-123 N-W to M-28 (about 33 miles). Take M-28 West for what seems like forever (it goes through the "Seney Stretch" - the world's straightest and most boring…Read More


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Old Mines and Ghost Towns

Written by water-lover on 14 Jan, 2001

We were on a drive through the Keewenaw with a local map looking for something to do when we stumbled on an old mine. well, we knew where it was, but we hadn't planned to go there. Although we had trespassed to get…Read More


Mackinac Island for the day!

Written by scubadiva on 07 Aug, 2004

The journey started at the Pellston airport. This has to be one of the nicest airports I have ever been in! The interior is done in a log cabin style with a living room feel. There is a nice restaurant upstairs also.…Read More


Song of Hiawatha

Written by lilredhairgrl on 09 Oct, 2001

Tahquamenon Falls is located in Hiawatha National Forest..... Give me of your bark, O Birch-tree! Of your yellow bark, O Birch-tree! Growing by the rushing river, Tall and stately in the valley I a light canoe will build me, Build a swift Cheemaun for sailing, ...........…Read More


The Shops at Mackinac Island

Written by Travel Queen on 28 Oct, 2000

If you like to shop, you'll also enjoy all the quaint little shops on the island. Fudge is a specialty on the island and there are at least 4 or 5 different places to buy fudge. The t shirts and jewelry and sweatshirts…Read More


The Grand Hotel

Written by Travel Queen on 28 Oct, 2000

The Grand Hotel is really just that. Check out their website for more information (www.grandhotel.com) At the time we went to the island, they charged $10 per person just to tour the premises. I think I have to say now that I'm sorry we…Read More


Accommodation

Written by Chengbuck on 18 Aug, 2006

There really isn't a place to stay there. There are people who live on the island but there aren't really any hotels to stay in. It is more of a place you stay at during the day. …Read More


Biking

Written by Chengbuck on 18 Aug, 2006

The island's circumference is a road on which people bike (no cars allowed as stated earlier). To travel the whole distance I'd say it would take a couple hours... maybe longer, but you have a constant view of the lake.…Read More


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