Although some may consider it a tourist trap, Mackinaw City offers more than just strip malls and souvenir shops. Despite overdevelopment, the town has several things to recommend it—namely, a maritime museum, a lighthouse, two excellent historic parks, several fudge shops, numerous hotel rooms, terrific views of the Great Lakes, and, of course, ferry service to Mackinac Island.
Getting to Mackinaw City
Pellston Regional Airport (PLN) (231/539-8441, www.pellstonairport.com) offers commuter service from Detroit via Northwest Airlink. From there, you can rent a vehicle, take U.S. 31 to I-75, and head north to Mackinaw City. Of course, many visitors come to Michigan by car, usually heading for Mackinaw City via I-75 or U.S. 23. Once in town, you can park your vehicle and walk to the shops and eateries.
by Laura Martone from Moon Michigan, 3rd Edition, © Avalon Travel