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Mackinac Island Introduction

Tiny Mackinac Island sits in the middle of Lake Huron, just a quick ferry ride from Michigan's two peninsulas, but a quiet escape full of lush forests and coastal views. Cars aren't allowed here, so visitors opt to stroll along Main Street, take sightseeing carriage or sailboat rides, and cycle a road that rings the island. The state park here dominates the landscape and is full of historic forts, natural formations, and woodsy hiking trails.

Hotels in Mackinac Island

Whether you're looking for a grand resort with lake views or a quiet bed-and-breakfast where you can rock on the porch, you'll find a picturesque Mackinac Island hotel to fit your style. Properties here are on the smaller size, with plenty of local boutique inns to choose from, so you can expect uniquely decorated rooms with an antique flair and hospitable staff. Some larger and more luxurious options offer full-service spas, on-site restaurants, and sparkling outdoor pools perfect for warm days. Summers are busy here and accommodations limited, so reserve your Mackinac Island hotel early to get the best rate.

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Where to stay

Most Mackinac Island hotels are clustered around a little downtown area where the ferries dock on the south side. The Main Street here is lined with cozy cafes and pubs, fudge and candy shops, and treasure-filled boutiques. Bike and boat rentals are both available nearby and the Mackinac Island State Park Visitors Center is next door. If you want to see the island without staying overnight, the closest mainland towns are Mackinaw City, full of restaurants, shopping centers, and waterfront parks and hotels, and St. Ignace, which has a picturesque lighthouse and a lakefront street of museums and gift shops.

Things to see

Mackinac Island State Park fills much of the island, so you'll want to spend some time exploring the 70-plus miles of hiking, biking, and horseback-riding trails here. Make sure to snap some photos at the park's famous Arch Rock, the perfect spot for a family picnic. The 1700s Fort Mackinac sits on a coastal bluff on the south side of the island. Interpreters in period costumes here offer guided tours of the site's restored, historic buildings, like a guard station, bathhouse, school, and hospital. Water sports on Lake Huron are popular in summer, whether you prefer parasailing adventures, quiet fishing trips, kayaking excursions, or a romantic cruise to watch the sunset over the water. For an epic bike ride, try Lake Shore Drive, a coastal trail that rings the island for about 8 miles, offering breathtaking views of the Michigan peninsulas, inland forests, and offshore islands.

How to get to Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is accessed via ferry from docks in St. Ignace on Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Mackinaw City on the Lower Peninsula. Interstate 75 crosses the Mackinac Bridge between the cities and runs north-south through the U.S. If you're flying in, look for routes to Pellston Regional Airport, about 20 minutes from Mackinaw City, or Chippewa County International Airport, 40 minutes north of St. Ignace. Both have routes to larger airports in the region and a shuttle service that can take you to the ferry ports. Cars aren't allowed on the island, but you can rent a bicycle to get around.