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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 Rated Mackinaw City Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Hamilton Inn Select
3.9 / 5
40 reviews
2 stars $75
BEST WESTERN PLUS Dockside Waterfront Inn
3.4 / 5
16 reviews
3 stars Choose dates
Bayside Hotel of Mackinac
3.1 / 5
23 reviews
2 stars $62
Holiday Inn Express MACKINAW CITY
3.6 / 5
38 reviews
3 stars $75
Clarion Hotel Beachfront
3.6 / 5
82 reviews
3 stars Choose dates
Quality Inn & Suites Beachfront
2.8 / 5
25 reviews
2 stars Choose dates
Waterfront Inn
3.2 / 5
62 reviews
2 stars Choose dates
Fairview Beachfront Inn and Waterpark
2.6 / 5
14 reviews
2 stars $69
Bridge Vista Beach Hotel & Convention
3.2 / 5
21 reviews
3 stars Choose dates
Days Inn Lakeview
2.6 / 5
39 reviews
2 stars Choose dates

Featured Mackinaw City Hotels

From $76

1 Crown Choice Inn & Suites Lakeview & Waterpark

3 stars
3.8 / 5 10 reviews

720 South Huron Map

Treat yourself to the hospitality of the Crown Choice Inn and Suites Lakeview and Waterpark, directly across the street from two Mackinac Island Ferry Docks. Whetheryou are vacationing in Mackinaw... More

Good stay
There was a minor issue that was brought to the staff's attention and they immediately corrected it. The beds were wonderfully comfortable. The hotel's location is convenient to the Star line dock...
Oct 5, 2014

2 Clarion Hotel Beachfront

3 stars
3.6 / 5 82 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

Weekend trip
The hotel room was not very clean at all, towels looked dirty. The weekend we stayed was a period when some type of fly was hatching, leaving thousands around the lights outside the door to the...
Jan 20, 2015

3 BEST WESTERN PLUS Dockside Waterfront Inn

3 stars
3.4 / 5 16 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

Great Location, very buggy
Stayed in Mackinac City in June and it was Mayfly season! The hotel doors and sidewalks were covered with bugs, both alive and dead. Great room but the bugs were a challenge. Yuck!
Feb 13, 2015

4 Super 8 Macknaw City/Beachfront Area

2 stars
3.1 / 5 24 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

Great location
Great sunrise, off season, sunday night, breakfast was next door.
Sep 30, 2014

5 Quality Inn & Suites Beachfront

2 stars
2.8 / 5 25 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

Spend more
The photo is not where you will stay. You will stay in a small out-dated cottage that is in pretty sad shape.
Jan 9, 2015
From $74

6 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

7 Super 8 Bridgeview of Mackinaw City

2 stars
3.2 / 5 16 reviews

601 N Huron Ave. Map

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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

8 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 $75

9 Holiday Inn Express MACKINAW CITY

3 stars
3.6 / 5 38 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

Business
Hotel met my expectations. Clean, comfortable, friendly staff, and reasonable prive.
Feb 4, 2015
From $64

10 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 $69

11 Fairview Beachfront Inn and Waterpark

2 stars
2.6 / 5 14 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

Below Average Family Getaway
The room was fine. Included waterparks. Two out of three waterparks were fine. One seemed dirty. Not much of a beach. Breakfast was very difficult. Too many people there in order to access food and...
Nov 22, 2014

12 Thunderbird Inn

3 stars
3.3 / 5 46 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

convenient and good value
Was a pleasant experience and excellent value for the money.
Oct 12, 2014

13 Bridge Vista Beach Hotel & Convention

3 stars
3.2 / 5 21 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

Slowly falling apart
Overall our stay was not a nightmare, but various aspects made me think it could've been so much better. From our window which did not close all the way, to filthy poolside changing rooms, the...
Nov 2, 2014
From $209

14 Cabins of Mackinaw

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

714 South Huron Ave Map

Located across from the Mackinaw Island ferry dock in Mackinaw City, Michigan, this property offers hotel rooms and cabins rentals. It features an indoor water park and private beach access. The... More

From $69

15 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

16 Days Inn Lakeview

2 stars
2.6 / 5 39 reviews

825 South Huron Map

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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

Tunnels of trees Tour
Great , had good time in hot tub, great sunrise view , fire works from the island
Oct 13, 2014
From $65

17 Ramada Mackinaw City Waterfront

2 stars
2.9 / 5 17 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

Good stuff
The hotel was very clean and location was great. The staff demonstrated excellent customer service.This is the second time we have stayed in the location.
Oct 13, 2014

18 Knights Inn Mackinaw City

2 stars
3.3 / 5 8 reviews

412 N Nicolet St. Map

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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

19 Days Inn & Suites-Mackinaw City-Bridgeview Lodge

2 stars
3.4 / 5 31 reviews

206 North Nicolet Street Map

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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

20 Waterfront Inn

2 stars
3.2 / 5 62 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

Pictures better then actual hotel
Staff was friendly, pictures made it look better then what it really was. Price was good for what we got though. Little run down
Dec 30, 2014