Mackinac Island (sometimes referred to as Mackinaw Island) is home to between 500 and 600 year-round residents. It's a tourist attraction that promises to slow you down to the pace of the 1800s. Mackinaw City, on the other hand, is set on the edge of the Straits of Mackinac, at the upper tip of Michigan's lower peninsula.
Mackinac Island can be reached by ferry during the late spring, summer and fall, small airplanes and sometimes snowmobile if the straits are frozen during the winter. No cars are allowed on Mackinac Island; residents and visitors travel by horse-drawn carriage, foot or bike.
Mackinac Island is known for its fudge, so much so that tourists are known as "fudgies".
Some of the federal land on Mackinac Island is designed as protected parkland, part of an effort to reduce development and preserve the nation's natural history.
One of Mackinac Island's primary features is its limestone bluffs. These are home to unusual limestone formations such as the Skull Cave, Arch Rock and Sugar Loaf.
Camping is not allowed on Mackinac Island, but there are several campgrounds to choose from in Mackinaw City.
Mackinaw City activities include outings to Mackinac Island, museums, parks and historical sites, a large waterpark, hiking, golf and fishing.