Biking is all the rage on Mackinac Island, where cars are forbidden. That no-car rule has an interesting history, but it’s in the story, so I won’t spoil it.

For those of you who haven’t heard of Mackinac Island, it’s an island belonging to the state of Michigan. It sits in Lake Huron, one of the five Great Lakes, right in between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The island is home to Fort Mackinac, founded in 1780. The fort was the site of two major battles in the War of 1812, and today is a historic site that can still be visited.

Visitors love Mackinac Island’s trails, woods and limestone rock formations, which cover the bulk of the island. But they also come to see, or stay in, the Grand Hotel, a famous, ritzy hotel that is home to the world’s largest front porch (660 feet).

Ferry Over to Mackinac Island

The only way to get to Mackinac Island is via ferry, and the ferries do run year-round. However, the main tourist season is May through October. Catch a ferry from St. Ignace or Mackinaw City. But before heading over, learn how to pronounce the island’s name. It’s pronounced MACK ih naw. Do not say MACK ih nack.

One more thing to know about Mackinac Island is that it is famous for its fudge. If you’re a fudge-lover, make sure to grab some. If you’re not, no worries. There is plenty of good food to be had.

Also, make sure to keep an eye out for the horses. Since cars aren’t allowed, horse-drawn carriages and carts abound. Make sure you steer clear of them. Or hop aboard!

Thankfully, the island is fastidious about cleaning up the innumerable horse apples that drop in the streets. Still, keep an eye peeled if you want clean shoes.

Intrigued about the island? Then read on!

My one product recommendation if you’re planning to bike Mackinac Island is “butt butter.” Yes, it’s a funny name. It’s also called chamois butter or chamois cream. This is an anti-chafing cream that pro cyclists use, and it’s great at protecting your sensitive biking parts. 

 

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