Exploring Historic Mackinac Island, MI

Mackinac Island in Michigan is truly one of the most interesting places to visit in the American Midwest. This historic island has been preserved in an all-natural state that takes you away from the normal hustle and bustle of a vacation and leaves you feeling as if you’ve been transported back in time. One reason for this is the fact that there are no combustible engines allowed on the island – rather, you have to get where you’re going by foot, bicycle, or horse and buggy. In addition, the island is full of beautiful cottages and Victorian homes that have been completely restored to help add to the island’s historic look and feel.

Not only does limiting the traffic on the island have a surreal, time-bending effect, but it helps you to get more out of your experience as a visitor. You can roam around the island on foot, giving you the opportunity to actually come into contact with a great deal more than a traditional tourist would in any other city. One of the ways that we learn and experience is through context, and by walking around Mackinac Island and taking in all of the sights, you’ll be getting that much more out of your vacation experience.

One of the largest events on Mackinac Island each year is the Annual Lilac Festival. The festival began in 1949 as a way for the island residents to showcase their lilac collection, but now, the lilac festival is a giant celebration of all things lilac. The celebration lasts for ten days and officially kicks off the summer event schedule that brings in thousands of visitors each year. Some of the highlights of the celebration include the Lilac Festival 10K run, dancing, musical performances, a lilac symposium, wine tastings, and a grand parade. The atmosphere is jubilant and the experience itself is like something from a totally bygone era.

While the island does offer a brief winter season for tourists, most people chose to visit in the more hospitable climates of the spring, summer, and fall. One of the best things about Mackinac Island is that the summer temperatures are moderate, meaning that you don’t have to worry about blazingly hot temperatures and completely arid environments. Rather, the summer average is around 70o F, with a cool breeze from Lake Huron to help take the edge off of the heat. However, those who enjoy cross-country skiing will love the winter atmosphere on the island, as it’s perfect for this kind of activity.

If your ideal vacation is one in which you get to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Mackinac Island may be just the place for you. The island offers a rich blend of history and the preserved nature on the island makes it the perfect place for a retreat from the ordinary humdrum of life. Whether you’re looking for a stroll along a street filled with original Victorian homes, or a week filled with the wonder of lilacs, you’ll be sure to enjoy your experience on Mackinac Island.