Mackinac Island: Victorian Charm In Modern Era
This Sept. 23, 2012 photo shows a cannon being loaded for a demonstration at Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island, Mich., on Lake Huron. The fort, located on the island since 1780, was such an important military outpost for the Great Lakes region that the British retained control of it until 1796, well after the Americans had won the Revolutionary War. (AP Photo/Anick Jesdanun)
You get reminders of a bygone era before even leaving the mainland by ferry. Crews cart overnight luggage onto the ferry, the way full-service porters used to at train stations and hotels. The Grand Hotel stands out as your ferry approaches the island. Closer to the dock, you pass a pair of quaint lighthouses, including one featured in the movie.
Once you’re on the island, you have plenty of options. Head to the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center for an orientation. About 80 percent of the island is controlled by the state park, but staff there can also point you to other things to do, too.
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on Jul 1st, 2013 and filed under Feature Story
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