With social distancing now a part of our lives, what does that mean for summer travel? Where can we go to get away from it all and enjoy some time apart?
Well, when you hear the name “Mackinac Island” you might think of a bustling downtown full of bicycles, horse-drawn carriages and fudge shops. For sure, that’s true. But Mackinac Island is much, much bigger than that.
Although the entire island measures only 3.8 square-miles, there’s a whole world to explore and, in many cases, you’ll feel as if you have that whole world all to yourself.
From isolated forest trails where you can encounter majestic rock formations to stunning vistas on long stretches of quiet coastline, on Mackinac Island you can truly escape to a place that’s all your own.
Did you know more than 80 percent of Mackinac Island is state parkland? And much of that is unsullied wilderness just waiting for you to discover.
Yes, Mackinac Island hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions are taking precautions to encourage social distancing this season. There’s also some natural social distancing always in effect on Mackinac Island, where you can roam free through the boundless beauty of one of the world’s prettiest places.
Take a look and see how Mackinac Island visitors have been practicing social distancing for years…
…from a quiet spot in the woods outside Fort Mackinac, high on the bluff above the harbor where the view is simply marvelous.
…running on the road around the outer rim of Mackinac Island, inspired by the scenic beauty that seems to be speaking directly to you.
…hiking through the natural wonders of Mackinac Island State Park (which once was the country’s second national park!)
…going for carefree bike rides on the only state highway in the country that prohibits automobiles.
…walking some of the 70-plus miles of trails on Mackinac Island to capture awesome views of the Mackinac Bridge.
…relaxing on a Mackinac Island beach where you’re surrounded by thousands of perfect skipping stones, not thousands of other people.
…hammocking on the cliffs above Lake Huron in your own personal paradise.
…venturing to special spots and experiencing a Mackinac Island moment that’s unique among all the people in the world.
…feeling the breeze and watching the ferry boats pass on the water at Windermere Point.
…taking off your shoes and dipping your toes into the gentle surf of the vast expanse of blue that is the Great Lakes.
…soaking in the fresh air of Michigan’s most incredible place and exhaling all your stress and anxiety to the heavens.
…taking the family for a walk along the waterfront (photo shoot included, of course).
…relaxing in the Adirondack chairs on the expansive lawn at Mission Point Resort.
…taking aim at one of Mackinac Island’s three extraordinary golf courses.
…paddling into the sunset, warmed by the fading light of a summer night and caressed by the water’s soothing ripples.
…making epic memories that will last a lifetime!
Please see Mackinac Island’s 2020 Season Updates for the latest information on opening dates for hotels, attractions and shops as well as rescheduled and cancelled events this season.