Mackinac Island is located in Michigan, in Lake Huron, at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
Mackinac Island is about 8 miles in circumference. An 8-mile road follows the island's perimeter, and numerous roads, trails and paths cover the interior.
More than 80 percent of the island is preserved as Mackinac Island State Park.
A unique local ordinance prohibits the use of any motor vehicles on the island. The most common means of travel are foot, bicycle, or horses. Certain exceptions include emergency vehicles, snowmobiles in winter, and golf carts for on-course use only. Most tourists come to the island by ferryboat.
Mackinac Island is also famous for the many fudge shops on the island. The island has a very large industry making fudge in a traditional manner, creating them on cold marble slabs.
Mackinac Island is a fun place to visit every few years, especially in the off season.
Mike happened to see a special coupon for the Harbour View Inn back in July, so we picked out two nights in October to spend on the island.
We started near Grand Haven, Michigan and spent a night at the cabin in Manistee County. The clouds were great with lots of blue sky. There was beautiful scenery along the 265 mile drive.
We ended up having four of the best days, weatherwise, that you can get in October in Michigan.Barn along the way...
We chose Star Line Ferry, with their Hydro-Jets that produce a distinctive 35' roostertail spray, to cross 8 miles from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island.
We did bring our bikes, it's $8 to bring them on the ferry and about $6 to$8 PER Hour to rent bikes. If you are able to bring your own bikes, you can save a good bit of money and you have the convenience of transportation whenever you go somewhere.
Round Island lighthouse
This is where we stayed, Harbour View Inn. We had a nice room, very clean, and a yummy breakfast was included each morning.
Harbour View Inn
We rode our bikes around the island twice, stopping at all the interesting places along the way. We walked the British Landing Nature Trail, the Lakeshore Nature Trial, we pedaled to the interior of the island to find Eagle Point cave, we saw Arch Rock, Fort Holmes, and visited the U.S. Post Cemetery.
Looking up at Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island
Our nineteen year old bikes, refurbished by our son.
U.S. Post Cemetery.
The best part of our bike ride was cutting across the island on the British Landing road, it goes down hill, and it was late in the evening so no people were around. We flew down the road topping off at 23.6 mph, that was fun.
Both nights, there were beautiful sunsets.
Sunset from Mackinac Island looking towards the Mackinac Bridge. The colors in the sky were so vivid and beautiful it was difficult to turn away and ride back to the inn. So I have many pictures of sunsets.
One night the sky looked like it had been highlighted with a pink marker.
We took a late afternoon ferry to Mackinaw City where our car was parked and drove all the way home. This was a great trip.