Mackinac Island is about 8 miles in circumference and 3.8 square miles in total area. Located in Lake Huron, at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
The island was home to a Native American settlement, and considered sacred, before European exploration began in the 17th century. In the late 19th century, Mackinac Island became a popular tourist attraction and summer colony. Much of the island has undergone extensive historical preservation and restoration; as a result, the entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark.
The Island is well known for its numerous cultural events; its wide variety of architectural styles, including the famous Victorian Grand Hotel; and its ban on almost all motor vehicles. Step right back in time with horse-drawn taxis and a much slower pace of life.