7 days in Mackinac Island & Mackinaw City Itinerary

7 days in Mackinac Island & Mackinaw City Itinerary

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7 days in Mackinac Island & Mackinaw City Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + ferry:  21​h 45​min
1
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
2
Mackinaw City
— 4 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + bus:  8​h
End: New York City

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 11th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Caddywampus, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mackinac Island day trip planner .

New York City to Mackinac Island is an approximately 22-hour combination of bus and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in May: high temperatures in Mackinac Island hover around 58°F and lows are around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

4
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Family-friendly places like Colonial Michilimackinac and Museum Ship Valley Camp will thrill your kids. Explore Mackinaw City's surroundings by going to Sault Ste. Marie (USDA Iroquois Lighthouse & Soo Locks), Tahquamenon Falls State Park (in Paradise) and Oswald's Bear Ranch (in Newberry). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Indian Village, and contemplate the waterfront views at Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mackinaw City tour planner.

Mackinaw City is very close to Mackinac Island. In May in Mackinaw City, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Sault Ste. Marie, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Oswald's Bear Ranch
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Oswald's Bear Ranch ©
Oswald's Bear Ranch
Castle Rock ©
Castle Rock
Museum Ship Valley Camp ©
Museum Ship Valley Camp

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