Things to do in Mackinac – a Big Turtle Island

Things to do in Mackinac – a Big Turtle Island

Mackinac(spelled MAK-in-aw) is one of the gorgeous islands with beautiful beaches in the United States of America. Situated in Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes of America, it has a vast history associated with it. This Land of great battles has still a lot of European cultures left within it and thus the uniqueness in culture and architecture. Originally, Michilimackinac which means “Big Turtle” in the Native American language named so after the shape of this island.

Let’s go there –

How to reach?

This island is a favorite one-day destination for all the travelers who ride along the Great Lakes of America. 400 miles from Chicago, it is about a 6-hour beautiful ride along Great Michigan and is about a 4-hour ride from Green Bay, Wisconsin to Mackinac city. And there are a lot of ferry options to complete the journey to the Island from the city.

Ferry from Mackinac City to Mackinac Island
Ferry from Mackinac City to Mackinac Island

To make most of it, take a ferry from Green Bay to the other end of Michigan along with your car and complete the rest of the journey by land. Breathtaking views of Lake Michigan won’t disappoint even for a bit.

Don’t miss Sleeping Bear Dunes on the way to Island, one of the most beautiful place in America.

Lake Michigan Views
Michigan mesmerizing views

Also, there is a not-so-fun part to reach- Island’s own chartered airport.

Where to stay?

There are several hotels all along the coast of the island with amazing views. But the visitor’s all-time favorite is Grand Hotel for its huge palace-like structure and its BIGGG breakfast buffet.

Streets of Mackinac Island
Streets of Mackinac Island

Grand Hotel will be open only in Summer. Watch out for crazy deals in April, its opening month to stay at this beautiful palace and experience the island in style.

What to do?

Skip the famous carriage ride and rent a bike to explore the island at one’s own ease. There are trail signs posted all along the island from the Ferry Terminal and back. Grab a map and complete the self-guided trip in about 5 hours.

  1. Ride along the coast and enjoy the blue waters with lovely views.
Mackinac Island got a beautiful coastline
Beautiful coast along the Island

Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the Island,resulting a fresh and pure island.

2. Stop at Arch Rock

Arch Rock, Mackinac Island
Arch Rock

3. Explore Fort Mackinac

Fort Mackinac
Military Post of Fort Mackinac

4. Taste the delicious Fudge of the island.

Fudge Making on Mackinac Island
Fudge Making

5. Take extra care while walking on beach rocks as they might be slippery covered with ice even in Summer.

Mackinac Island beaches
In Mackinac Beach

6. Enjoy the amazing views from the island.

Mackinac Island Views
Mackinac Bridge from Island

Anything else??

While you are there, take time to explore Sleeping bear sand dunes, rated as America’s most beautiful place in 2014. And Tahquamenon Falls State Park, fall colors paradise with gigantic waterfalls.

We camped in Wilderness State Park and it is one of the best camps we have ever done. It cannot be missed.

Both can be covered in half-day each and the straight long roads in Michigan are driver’s delight.

Also, spare a complete day for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, America’s most colorful rock cliffs formed of sandstone.

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