Social distancing on Mackinac Island: Where you can go to escape

Published on June 26th, 2020

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…

Social distancing is a natural way of experiencing Mackinac Island, where you can discover your own perch to see the sights.

…from a quiet spot in the woods outside Fort Mackinac, high on the bluff above the harbor where the view is simply marvelous.

Social distancing is a natural way of experiencing Mackinac Island, where you can enjoy peace and quiet on a morning run.

…running on the road around the outer rim of Mackinac Island, inspired by the scenic beauty that seems to be speaking directly to you.

Social distancing is a natural way of experiencing Mackinac Island, where you can explore rocks and caves in the state park.

…hiking through the natural wonders of Mackinac Island State Park (which once was the country’s second national park!)

Social distancing is a natural way of experiencing Mackinac Island, where you can bike around the entire island on M-185.

…going for carefree bike rides on the only state highway in the country that prohibits automobiles.

Social distancing is a natural way of experiencing Mackinac Island, where the state park has more than 70 miles of trails.

…walking some of the 70-plus miles of trails on Mackinac Island to capture awesome views of the Mackinac Bridge.

Social distancing is a natural way of experiencing Mackinac Island, where you can enjoy long stretches of uncrowded beaches.

…relaxing on a Mackinac Island beach where you’re surrounded by thousands of perfect skipping stones, not thousands of other people.

Social distancing is a natural way of experiencing Mackinac Island, where you can go hammocking on cliffs above Lake Huron.

…hammocking on the cliffs above Lake Huron in your own personal paradise.

Social distancing is a natural way of experiencing Mackinac Island, which is full of unique personal moments to savor.

…venturing to special spots and experiencing a Mackinac Island moment that’s unique among all the people in the world.

Social distancing is a natural way of experiencing Mackinac Island, where you can watch the boats from Windermere Point.

…feeling the breeze and watching the ferry boats pass on the water at Windermere Point.

Social distancing is a natural way of experiencing Mackinac Island, where you can encounter gorgeous Great Lakes scenes.

…taking off your shoes and dipping your toes into the gentle surf of the vast expanse of blue that is the Great Lakes.

Social distancing is a natural way of experiencing Michigan’s Mackinac Island, where you can breathe the fresh lake air.

…soaking in the fresh air of Michigan’s most incredible place and exhaling all your stress and anxiety to the heavens.

Social distancing is a natural way of experiencing Mackinac Island, which offers unique, pet-friendly vacation getaways.

…taking the family for a walk along the waterfront (photo shoot included, of course).

Social distancing is a natural way of experiencing Mackinac Island, where you can relax on the lawn at Mission Point Resort.

…relaxing in the Adirondack chairs on the expansive lawn at Mission Point Resort.

Social distancing is a natural way of experiencing Mackinac Island, where you can escape to one-of-a-kind golf courses.

…taking aim at one of Mackinac Island’s three extraordinary golf courses.

Social distancing is a natural way of experiencing Mackinac Island, where you can paddle the beautiful Great Lakes at sunset.

…paddling into the sunset, warmed by the fading light of a summer night and caressed by the water’s soothing ripples.

Social distancing is a natural way of experiencing Mackinac Island, where the state park offers limitless amazing photo ops.

…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.


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