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Hop from one peninsula to another, in Mackinaw City

Michigan is famously split into two peninsulas—the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula—and Mackinaw City has the distinction of serving as something of a meeting place between the two. While the Mackinac Bridge is the true gateway between the two peninsulas, the vast majority of visitors traveling between the two like to stop off and spend some time in this charming port town, which is located at the northernmost tip of the Lower Peninsula and at the southern end of the bridge.

Things to see

Mackinac Bridge

Lovingly referred to as the Mighty Mac by locals and visitors alike, the Mackinac Bridge is a true engineering marvel and a proud piece of work. This incredible, five-mile-long bridge stretches over the treacherous Straits of Mackinac and boasts two distinctive towers that can be seen from miles away in all directions. Upon its completion in 1957, the bridge finally connected the two peninsulas, making it a major historical achievement.

Fort Michilimackinac State Park

From actors in old-fashioned garb at Colonial Michilimackinac to the incredibly well-preserved Fort Michilimackinac, which was originally built circa 1715, this attraction offers an exciting glimpse into what life was like back when the region was dominated by French fur traders. The British later took over the fort and its surroundings, and there are several opportunities to dig more deeply into the history of the region at the park.

Mackinac Island

No trip to Mackinaw City would be complete without a visit to Mackinac Island, which is located in the Straits of Mackinac. No cars operate on the island, and you have to take a boat or ferry over. Many would argue that the fudge shops are the main attraction on the island, but there is plenty of island fare to sample and entertainment to enjoy.

Soo Locks

If you're willing to drive an hour north, you can check out a large expanse of the Upper Peninsula and, more importantly, pay a visit to Soo Locks or even set sail on a boat tour.

Traveling to Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City is a popular destination for travelers from metropolitan Detroit, and other major areas in various parts of the Lower Peninsula; the vast majority traveling up Interstate 75 to get there. I-75 is the most direct route, to be sure, but other options include US-23 and US-31.

If you'll be flying in from elsewhere in world, the closest major airport is Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) in Grand Rapids, which is about 3.5 hours away by car. Several smaller, regional airports serve the area too. In the Lower Peninsula, there's Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City and Alpena County Regional Airport in Alpena.

Climate and best time to visit

In the summer, temperatures tend to range from the low-70s to the mid-80s, and the humidity is tempered by the pleasant breezes that flow through the region off the nearby lakes. Spring and fall are beautiful times of year to visit too, but temperatures can dip surprisingly low. However, the added bonus of visiting Mackinaw City in late fall and early spring is that it's off-season, so Mackinaw City hotels tend to offer exceptionally affordable rates.

Where to stay

South Huron Avenue

Hotels lined along South Huron Avenue offer views of Lake Huron and are close to Mackinac Bridge. The Comfort Inn Lakeside offers private balconies to take in the serene sights of Mackinaw Island. Bridge Vista Beach Hotel & Convention Center is a great option to do business in such laidback surroundings.

City Center

Staying central pretty much gives you instant access to the bridge road and lower rates. Baymont Inn & Suites is near Kewadin Shoes Casino and many restaurants. While there, treat yourself to a dip in the pool or hot tub.

Recently booked Mackinaw City hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Baymont Inn & Suites Mackinaw City 1 hour ago 2 stars $69
Clarion Hotel Beachfront 4 hours ago 3 stars $65
Mackinaw Beach and Bay 23 hours ago 2 stars $73
Days Inn Lakeview 1 day ago 2 stars $53
BEST WESTERN PLUS Dockside Waterfront Inn 1 day ago 3 stars $76
Thunderbird Inn 1 day ago 3 stars $49
Quality Inn & Suites Beachfront 2 days ago 2 stars $54
Holiday Inn Express MACKINAW CITY 2 days ago 3 stars $75
Super 8 Bridgeview of Mackinaw City 2 days ago 2 stars $54
Waterfront Inn 2 days ago 2 stars $58

Recently Rated Mackinaw City Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Clarion Hotel Beachfront
3.6 / 5
73 reviews
3 stars $65
Super 8 Bridgeview of Mackinaw City
3.2 / 5
15 reviews
2 stars $54
Ramada Mackinaw City Waterfront
2.9 / 5
16 reviews
2 stars $52
Quality Inn & Suites Beachfront
2.9 / 5
23 reviews
2 stars $54
Comfort Inn Lakeside
3.5 / 5
6 reviews
2 stars $64
Waterfront Inn
3.2 / 5
61 reviews
2 stars $58
Mackinaw Beach and Bay
3.9 / 5
62 reviews
2 stars $73
Days Inn & Suites-Mackinaw City-Bridgeview Lodge
3.4 / 5
31 reviews
2 stars $47
Baymont Inn & Suites Mackinaw City
3.6 / 5
18 reviews
2 stars $69
Days Inn Lakeview
2.7 / 5
34 reviews
2 stars $53

Mackinaw City hotels

Featured Mackinaw City Hotels

From $65

1 Clarion Hotel Beachfront

3 stars
3.6 / 5 73 reviews

905 S. Huron Map

Family fun abounds at beachfront Mackinaw City hotel The Clarion Hotel Beachfront in Mackinaw City is located on the shore of Lake Huron. Guests of all ages enjoy the hotel's private beach,... More

Lovely room, lovely view
It's a bit strange getting to 4th floor rooms, elevator then stairs, but lakeside view was worth it. Very good breakfast and large room to accommodate everyone.
Sep 11, 2014
From $74

2 Bridge Vista Beach Hotel & Convention

3 stars
3.2 / 5 20 reviews

1027 South Huron Avenue Map

Northern Michigan's premier hotel and convention center, with Mackinaw City's largest indoor water park. Enjoy the incredible views right from your own private balcony or relax on our sugar sand... More

family getaway
Stayed one night only, met up with family after the Chicago to Mac isle race. Nice place to stay and will use it next year.
Jul 31, 2014
From $49

3 Thunderbird Inn

3 stars
3.3 / 5 45 reviews

146 Old US 31 Highway Map

Golf Package

Mackinaw City, at the tip of Michigan's mitten, has long been the gateway to great things like lakes, voyages, adventures, and discoveries. Today Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island are two of the... More

Good night stay in great location
We just needed a place to stay for the night because we spent most of the day at Mackinac Island anyway. It's a decent place, there's free wifi and the free breakfast was good enough. The beds are...
Aug 18, 2014
From $57

4 Fairview Beachfront Inn and Waterpark

2 stars
2.7 / 5 12 reviews

907 S Huron St Map

Macinaw Citys most affordable beachfront inn. The Fairview Beachfront Inn and Waterpark is located directly on beautiful Lake Huron and a private sandy beach overlooking Mackinac Island. You are... More

Run down
Great location but our room was on the side building and looked very dated. Small room. Dirty carpet. Bad breakfast and sad indoor water park. Glorified sprinklers. Beach was beautiful but will not...
Aug 8, 2014
From $65

5 Bayside Hotel of Mackinaw

2 stars
3.0 / 5 20 reviews

726 South Huron Map

Family-friendly hotel minutes from Mackinac IslandLocated in Mackinaw City, the Bayside Hotel of Mackinaw is just a five-minute walk from the ferry terminal that runs to and from Mackinac Island.... More

Quick getaway
We went to explore the city and island and also enjoyed our stay. Pool/hot tub/ sauna/ waterpark were all nice to have. Breakfast was typical free hotel breakfast, with long lines. Overall enjoyed...
Jul 25, 2014
From $58

6 Waterfront Inn

2 stars
3.2 / 5 61 reviews

1009 South Huron Ave. Map

Familyowned and operated the Waterfront Inn continues to pride itself by offering clean and comfortable beachfront hotel rooms at an affordable price to visitors of Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island. More

Bad Experience
I booked this room in advance online. I thought that would ensure that I would have a room to stay in upon my arrival. Unfortunately when I did arrive the office was closed and a sign directed...
Aug 26, 2014
From $49

7 America's Best Value Inn

2 stars
3.3 / 5 87 reviews

112 Old US Highway 31 Map

Golf Package

Summer family fun at Mackinaw City hotel with pool and free breakfast The America's Best Value Inn in Mackinaw City is a few blocks from the downtown shopping district, across the street from a... More

good price for location
This is your average hotel, they could use some updates to make it more pleasing to the eye, and a microwave in the room would be nice. Also extended breakfast time would be nice cause everyone is...
Aug 18, 2014
From $53

8 Days Inn Lakeview

2 stars
2.7 / 5 34 reviews

825 South Huron Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

Days Inn Lakeview is located in Mackinaw City on the Straits of Mackinac with spectacular views of Lake Huron Enjoy the fine restaurants and shopping of downtown Mackinaw City view the Mackinac... More

not happy at all
Not happy for the price we paid. The A/C didn't work, shower/bathroom was old and there was no bathroom vent fan. There was a small window that would open in the bathroom, but there were campers...
Aug 21, 2014
From $76

9 BEST WESTERN PLUS Dockside Waterfront Inn

3 stars
3.4 / 5 13 reviews

505 S Huron Avenue Map

Going off the grid doesn't mean you have to be miles away from civilization when you select this incredible Mackinaw City hotel. BEST WESTERN Mackinaw City redefined what an "airport hotel" really... More

Nice beachfront hotel!
This hotel was a big surprise. I thought it would be just a regular boring place, but it was literally right on the beach. The room was newly redone and very clean and spacious. And it was in an...
Jul 29, 2014
From $73

10 Mackinaw Beach and Bay

2 stars
3.9 / 5 62 reviews

929 South Huron Ave. Map

All-suites resort on the lake is a great family getaway Built in 2009, the Mackinaw Beach and Bay All Suites Resort is located on the shore of Lake Huron in Mackinaw City. All accommodations are... More

Nice surprise
On our way to Mackinac Island late at night and made a last minute reservation. Arrived late, staff was courteous and we had a nice surprise in the morning to look out our window and see the bay,...
Aug 25, 2014
From $47

11 Days Inn & Suites-Mackinaw City-Bridgeview Lodge

2 stars
3.4 / 5 31 reviews

206 North Nicolet Street Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

Relax and enjoy your stay in Mackinaw City at the Days Inn and Suites Bridgeview Lodge. The convenience of a great location coupled with fabulous amenities are sure to please. We guarantee a great... More

Great staff
I had a couple of small problems, they cleared them up and made things better. Nice location, good comfort, but a great staff
Aug 24, 2014
From $54

12 Super 8 Bridgeview of Mackinaw City

2 stars
3.2 / 5 15 reviews

601 N Huron Ave. Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

100 Percent Smoke Free Property. 500.00 USD Penalty for anyone who does not follow non smoking policy. Our property has 1,000 ft. of beach front directly across the street, best picture taking spot... More

3 beds for 3 adults
It was nice to have 3 beds in the room for 3 adults. One bedspread was dirty. People in the pool area after hours making noise. The tub shower did not work. Across from the view of the Bridge and...
Sep 9, 2014
From $54

13 Quality Inn & Suites Beachfront

2 stars
2.9 / 5 23 reviews

917 S. Huron Dr. Map

Suites with panoramic view of Mackinac Island, Grand Hotel, and Bridge available. FREE continental breakfast and Belgian waffle station in our first floor Garden Breakfast Room. Elevator, indoor... More

Quality Inn for Aug 30th, 2014
Room was fine, but sink need to be cleaned properly. It wasn't very clean
Sep 1, 2014
From $69

14 Baymont Inn & Suites Mackinaw City

2 stars
3.6 / 5 18 reviews

109 S. Nicolet Street Map

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Conveniently located off Interstate 75, this Baymont Inn and Suites Mackinaw City is near Pellston Regional Airport, Kewadin Shores Casino, the Jack Pines Lumberjack show, the Hill Creek Discovery... More

Good Place
This hotel lacate very covinient area. Macknaw Crossing is very close this hotel.
Aug 24, 2014
From $47

15 Knights Inn Mackinaw City

2 stars
3.3 / 5 8 reviews

412 N Nicolet St. Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

Looking for lodging with clean, comfortable rooms, plus easy access to both shopping and transportation to Mackinac Island. You have found the right place. The Knights Inn Mackinaw City offers... More

Don't stay here
The room was aged and smelled really bad. Quite uncomfortable, big mistake. Time to shut this place down or completely rebuild the property.
Jul 21, 2013
From $54

16 Super 8 Macknaw City/Beachfront Area

2 stars
3.1 / 5 23 reviews

Central & Huron Map

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* Super 8 Lakefront is one of Mackinaw City's premier lodging facilities * We have achieved the highest AAA rating in the area for over-all excellence * Located on Lake Huron * Guests... More

no shower curtain!
Overall, hotel was okay. First, the lady that checked us in gave us wrong directions to our room...she pointed across the parking lot, our room was above the lobby! Shower curtain was missing,...
Jun 18, 2014
From $63

17 Comfort Suites Mackinaw City

2 stars
3.8 / 5 8 reviews

720 S. Huron St. Map

Mackinaw city's largest indoor waterpark in hotel with water guns, climbing nets, tunnel slides, double slides, spiral slides, tipping nets, geyser jets and crawl tunnels. Oversized heated indoor... More

Worst customer service ever!
Appalled! This winter our family was driving around the area trying to get rid of the winter blahs and decided to treat our kids to an evening at the water park here. We called for a room 1 hr...
Mar 11, 2014
From $75

18 Holiday Inn Express MACKINAW CITY

3 stars
3.5 / 5 33 reviews

364 Louvigny Drive Map

Mackinaw City Hotel's Guests Love Scenery, Attractions & Evening Entertainment Tucked away on the northern edge of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, the Holiday Inn Express® Mackinaw City hotel is your... More

Never again Holiday Inn
I always stay at Holiday Inn if there is one around in a city and this has been the worst ever mainly due to the bed and the night time staff. Location was fine and thankfully heater was working....
Apr 20, 2014
From $64

19 Comfort Inn Lakeside

2 stars
3.5 / 5 6 reviews

611 S. Huron Ave. Map

Lakefront Rooms with private balconies offer great views of Mackinaw Island and Straits of Mackinac. Sandy Beach, FREE continental breakfast, indoor pool and whirlpool on premises. Walking distance... More

Great View
I really like the lakeview room which enable my family to enjoy the great view of Lake Huron.
Aug 31, 2014
From $52

20 Ramada Mackinaw City Waterfront

2 stars
2.9 / 5 16 reviews

723 S Huron I-75 Map

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Ramada Mackinaw City Waterfront is located just a half mile off Interstate 75, directly on the beaches of beautiful Lake Huron. In addition to the private beach there is a heated indoor pool, 2... More

Last Minute Family Trip
Location was good. Room was clean & family enjoyed the trip.
Sep 3, 2014