Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island is packed with tourists, otherwise known as “fudgies,” every summer. Walking the main street just off the ferry terminal can feel overwhelmingly touristy, but if you get off the beaten path and away from the gazillion t-shirt and fudge shops, there’s quite a lot to do on the island.

Mackinac Island for the …

Romantic – Circle the island (8.2 miles) on a bicycle built for two.

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Oddball – Circle the island on a penny-farthing.

Big wheel bicycles, otherwise known as penny farthings, are popular on the island trail.
Big wheel bicycles, otherwise known as penny farthings, are popular on the island trail.

Drifter – build a tower of stones on one of the many beaches along the bike trail

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Naturalist – Hike to the natural limestone Arch Rock

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Horse Lover – Mackinac Island is one of the few places where you can ride a horse freely without a guide.

Warrior – Visit Fort Mackinac and fire the cannon.

Pacifist – Find the underwater heart from the lookout point at Sunset Rock. 2007 08 14_4102 Traditionalist – Stay at the Grand Hotel. You’ll love their after 6pm formal dress code.

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Old Fashioned – Drive your own horse and buggy. 2007 08 14_4117

Movie Lover – Watch Somewhere in Time and relive the scenes from the Grand Hotel and the island.

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