Mackinac Island Inside Out: 5 things you have to see in Michigan’s original national park


You may know that Mackinac Island is home to historic Fort Mackinac, the Colonial-era military base that the British, French and Americans fought over in the 18th and early 19th centuries. But did you know that as the political significance of Mackinac declined and the island evolved into a popular vacation destination, it became the…

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Where Mackinac Island ranks among America’s best places


More than 200 years ago, Mackinac Island was a coveted economic and military hub fought over by the British, French and Americans. The forts are still there to prove it. But Mackinac no longer has so much geopolitical significance today. Instead, it has become an attractive vacation destination to escape the hustle and bustle of…

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4 ways to keep your New Year’s resolution on Mackinac Island


Lose weight and get in shape. Year after year, those are two of Americans’ most common New Year’s resolutions. Chances are they’re resolutions of yours, too. Nearly two-thirds of Americans aspire to lose weight in 2019 and more than five out of six want to stay fit and healthy this year. You can do something…

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Explorer’s guide to Mackinac Island: Cave of bones and more


More than 250 years ago, Fort Michilimackinac came under attack during Pontiac’s War. Under the guise of a lacrosse game, a coalition of Native Americans invaded the fort and routed the British who controlled it. Twenty people were killed, some of them scalped alive. The fur trader Alexander Henry fled. Henry was friends with the…

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