Mackinac Island, Michigan

Nestled between Michigan’s Lower and Upper peninsulas, Mackinac Island is a charming, family-friendly getaway. Stay at the magnificent Grand Hotel for old-world hospitality surrounded by picturesque island beauty.

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Charming Great Lakes Getaway

Home to its namesake fort from the American Revolutionary War, Mackinac Island is located between Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas and is a quintessentially Midwestern island getaway, primarily in the summertime. The island’s long-standing history makes for intriguing walking, biking, and horse-drawn carriage tours past iconic lighthouses, the fort, and more. The island retains its historic charm by remaining car free and doesn’t offer chain hotels, making a visit to Mackinac a true step back in time. Buy a pound of the island’s world-class fudge, tandem bike around the outer rim, and hike among rock formations with endless Lake Huron views.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested airport
    Pellston Regional Airport (PLN)
  • Average temperature
    74°F in summer; 28°F in winter
  • Closest big city
  • Peak season
  • Car recommended?

Destination Highlights

  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

    As one of the most iconic activities on Mackinac Island, horse-drawn carriage tours are an excellent way to explore the car-free island. Embark on the official Mackinac State Park tour and trot through downtown, Surrey Hills, Arch Rock, Fort Mackinac, and Grand Hotel.

  • Biking the Outer Rim

    Exploring the island by bike is a staple on Mackinac-–especially tandem bikes. Cruise down the coast with your favorite people on the 8.2-mile outer rim of the island as you spot historic landmarks and feel the Lake Huron breeze.

  • Sampling Fudge

    Mackinac Island has world-renowned fudge you’ll need to taste. Fudge shops line downtown, inviting you inside with tempting scents. Watch how the fudge is made, try different samples, and purchase your own pound.



  • Forecasting your Mackinac Island Vacation

    Summers on Mackinac Island are moderate, with highs often in the mid-70s and mostly sunny days. Winter on Mackinac is cloudy and cold, with highs in the mid-20s and averages around 89 inches of snow per year.


Map of Mackinac Island

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