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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5 fall hikes to experience on Michigan’s Mackinac Island


You may know about the ferries that shuttle Mackinac Island visitors to and from the mainland. You’ve probably heard of world-famous Mackinac Island fudge, the Grand Hotel’s world-record porch and the historic Fort Mackinac. But have you seen Croghan Water? Not many Mackinac visitors have. It’s one of many unique island sites that are off…

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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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Lime Kiln Ruins, Eagle Point Cave, Robinson’s Folly, oh my!


When one thinks of the natural attractions on Mackinac Island, the mind wanders immediately to Arch Rock or Sugar Loaf or even Devil’s Kitchen. And deservedly so. These are great natural wonders. Easy to find on the Island. And great spots for selfies and photo ops. But these aren’t the only natural attractions on Mackinac…

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