Sometimes this is spelled Mackinaw Island. NO matter what, it’s pronounced mack – in – AWE. Do NOT pronounce the “c”!
If you are in Northern Michigan or the UP [Upper Peninsula], you have to visit Mackinac Island. Park your car and take the ferry…in fact, you have to park your car…NO cars are allowed on the island [except emergency vehicles]. People get around the island by walking, cycling or horses.
The island is about 8 miles around and renting a bike and cycling around the island is the thing to do.
Probably the second thing people do is: eat and shop. Seems like downtown is full of:
* Tshirt/hoodie/sweatshirt shops
* Fudge/candy shops
* Hot dog/soda/pretzel snack stands
There seems to be NO national chains, except for a Starbucks.
We rented a tandem bike and had a blast. Ralph would shout “Tandem Rules!!” as we passed others on tandems, but they didn’t seem to join in his exuberance. [HINT: Rent your bike at a place away from where you get off the ferry…the lines are shorter and it’s less expensive.]
I remember that there were only 2 ferry companies: Sheplers and Arnolds, but we took the Star Line Ferry, since we dug the plume of water behind the boat.