©

Mackinaw City trip planner

Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free

Itinerary planner

+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close
Trip Planner USA  /  Michigan  /  Cheboygan County  /  Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City

3.8
Lighthouses · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 806 at the 2010 census; the population surges during the summer tourist season, including an influx of tourists and seasonal workers who serve in the shops, hotels and other recreational facilities there and in the surrounding region. Mackinaw City is at the northern tip (headland) of the Michigan's Lower Peninsula along the southern shore of the Straits of Mackinac. Across the straits lies the state's Upper Peninsula. These two land masses are physically connected by the Mackinac Bridge, which runs from Mackinaw City north to St. Ignace. Mackinaw City is also the primary base for ferry service to Mackinac Island, located to the northeast in the straits.According to AAA's 2009 TripTik requests, Mackinaw City is the most popular tourist city in the state of Michigan. Local attractions include Fort Michilimackinac, the Mackinac Bridge, the Mackinaw Crossings shopping mall, Mill Creek, the Old Mackinac Point Light, the Historic Village, the McGulpin Point Light, and the retired US Coast Guard Icebreaker Mackinaw.
You can plan United States trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Mackinaw City

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Mackinaw City

See all ›
©
Lighthouse
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Lighthouse
McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
©
Specialty Museum
Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
©
Historic Site
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Mackinaw City

©
Bridge
Mackinac Bridge Saint Ignace
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
©
Landmark
Soo Locks Sault Ste. Marie
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
©
Waterfall
Tahquamenon Falls State Park Paradise
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
©
Biking Trail
Little Traverse Wheelway Petoskey
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Mackinaw City

©
National Park
Headlands International Dark Sky Park
4.5
Duration: 8 hours
©
History Museum
Mackinaw Bridge Museum
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Lighthouse
Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Beach
Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Parks in Mackinaw City

©
Park
Conkling Heritage Park
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Park
WaWatam Park
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
©
Park
Gary R Williams Memorial Park
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
©
Park
Maritime Park
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Mackinaw City

©
Gift & Specialty Shop
JoAnn's Fudge
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Marshall's Fudge and Candy Company
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Shopping Mall
Del Sol - Color-Change - Mackinaw Crossings
3.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Alice's Kandy and Korn
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Mackinaw City

Beach
Emmet County Beach 1 Mackinaw City
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Children’s Museum
House of Glass
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
©
Playground
Animal Tracks
3.2
Duration: 30 minutes

Places to visit with Mackinaw City

Detroit Trip planner BEST FOR: Art Museum, Historic Site, Pier / Boardwalk Traverse City Trip planner BEST FOR: Winery / Vineyard, Beer Tasting / Tour, Shopping Mall Grand Rapids Trip planner BEST FOR: Garden, Room Escape Game, Specialty Museum Ann Arbor Trip planner BEST FOR: Scavenger Hunt, Landmark, Children’s Museum Dearborn Trip planner BEST FOR: Specialty Museum, History Museum, Garden