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Mackinaw Bridge Photo 1 Mackinac Island is a green island jewel in the blue waters between Lakes Huron and Michigan, and has been a vacation destination for more than a century.

In 1715 the European fur traders and settlers established a small village called Michilimackinac at the shores of the Straits of Mackinaw because of its strategic location at the crossroads of the Great Lakes. Eventually this small village became the home of the French and British military operations that spread into the Upper Great Lakes. Although it appears as though time has remained still for over 200 years inside the palisades of Michilimackinac, Michigan's Favorite Vacation Getaway has sprung up around the Historic Landmark. Mackinaw Island now offers endless visitor attractions, activities, shopping and live entertainment.

Aside from visiting the National Historic Landmarks of Colonial Michilimackinac, Historic Mill Creek, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and Fort Mackinac, visitors will be awed at the new turn of the century streetscapes, parks, sidewalks, storefronts, golf courses, lakeside resorts, hotels, and bed & breakfasts in Mackinaw.

Hop on one of the three ferry boat lines in Mackinaw City for transportation to world famous Mackinaw Island, known as Michigan's crown jewel. On Mackinaw Island you will experience what life was like without automobiles, as they are banned from the 81/2-mile-long Island. Your transportation to see the many island attractions will be horse-drawn carriages and bicycles.



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The Grand Hotel, the world's largest summer hotel, is open May through October. There is a quaint magic on Mackinaw Island. No motorized vehicles are allowed, so the beauty of the Island and its historic landmarks remain as they were 200 years ago. Horse and carriage, along with walking and bicycles, are the only modes of transportation on the Island. Guests can enjoy the antique and fudge shops in the 19th Century Village, and tour Fort Mackinac and other historic sites.

Grand Hotel's 385 uniquely decorated rooms offer guests a wide selection of room sizes, locations and views. There are 97 deluxe guest rooms, some with a balcony, as well as 52 Named Rooms. The luxury Named Rooms, which include six two-bedroom suites and one four-bedroom suite, are appointed to complement each of their names. Named Rooms include the Lodge of Teddy Roosevelt, the Napoleon and Josephine Suites, Lord and Lady Astor Suites, as well as six rooms in honor of former first ladies: Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, and Jacqueline Kennedy. More Info...


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