Like a lot of islands, Mackinac Island has beautiful sunsets. It also offers an added bonus that you only get to see in this part of the world: The sun setting into a horizon accented by the mighty Mackinac Bridge.
That’s one of many reasons that Mackinac Island consistently ranks as one of the best islands in the country.
In fact, the sunsets are so good on Mackinac Island that there’s even a place named after them. Sunset Rock is a spectacular spot to see a gleaming Mackinac Island sunset in spring, summer and fall.
Located on the west side of the island about a 45-minute walk from downtown near the Inn at Stonecliffe, Sunset Rock overlooks the water with the bridge in the distance. One look and you’ll see why the site is worthy of its name!
Although you might come to love Sunset Rock as the No. 1 spot to watch a sunset on Mackinac Island, it’s not the only place to see nature’s beautiful display. There are many great places to see the nightly show.
Take a look at these other recommendations for seeing a stunning sunset during your visit to Mackinac Island:
Watch the sunset from the Mackinac Island boardwalk
Stretching west of downtown Mackinac Island past Windermere Point and the public library, the waterfront boardwalk is a popular spot for watching the sunset. It’s close to town and a short walk after dinner with an ice cream cone or slice of world-famous Mackinac Island fudge!
Watch the sunset from Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel
Set on a hill above downtown, Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel is a fine spot to soak in the splendor of a sunset. You can watch it from a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch, or head up into the Cupola Bar for a drink and an unparalleled view.
Watch the sunset on Mackinac Island kayak tour
Just as seeing the sunset from the shore is a sublime photo opportunity, so you can get a picturesque perspective while paddling the waters off Mackinac Island. Great Turtle Kayak Tours offers sunset paddling trips that exercise the body and inspire the soul.
Watch the sunset on a Mackinac Island boat cruise
While you can get out on the water on a paddling trip, a Mackinac Island sunset cruise takes you right out under the Mackinac Bridge. You can see the sunset through the suspension cables aboard either the Ugly Anne or a Sip ‘n Sail with full-service cash bar and live entertainment.
Watch the sunset from Mackinac Island’s ‘Is it you?’ marker
The late-day sun bathes the scene from “Somewhere in Time” when Jane Seymour’s character encounters Christopher Reeve’s character and asks in wonder, “Is it you?” You can relive the exchange by visiting a marker along the waterfront below Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel, about a 10-minute walk west of downtown along M-185.
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