An incomparable vacation experience awaits visitors to Mackinac Island, a gem tucked away in the Straits of Mackinac and accessible by ferry from St. Ignace. The clickety-clack of horses, the wafting aroma of fudge, the breathtaking vistas and the Victorian architecture all conspire to make Mackinac Island an unforgettable destination.
Circumnavigate the island on bicycle or on foot via M-185, the only state highway with no automobile traffic, thanks to the island’s ban on motorized vehicles. The picturesque eight-mile loop is perfect for a tandem bicycle and picnic lunch, but with 70 miles of island trails, there’s never a lack of new terrain to explore. History comes alive at Fort Mackinac, with 14 restored buildings from the 1700s and educational reenactments that will excite all ages. If you yearn for the water, join a catamaran outing or charter a sailboat for your own private excursion. Fishing charters are also available from the island. Back on shore, Mackinac Island offers outstanding cuisine, one-of-a-kind shopping, stunning golf courses, enchanting live butterfly displays, and the world-famous Grand Hotel. The island plays host to a number of special events, including the Lilac Festival in spring and other family-friendly happenings throughout summer and fall.