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Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island: The Jewel of Michigan
Mackinac Island has been a fur trading post, Revolutionary War site, Victorian resort destination and much more. Join us as we explore the history of this small island with a big story.
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Program No. 1575RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
999
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At a Glance

Explore the treasures of Mackinac Island as you delve into the island's glorious history, geology, natural beauty, architecture and modern life. Discover old-world traditions as you learn about the island's early economic and military importance as well as its development as a Victorian resort. Customs and cultures will come alive through lectures and field trips with local residents and area experts. A field trip to Fort Mackinac, a carriage ride around the island and afternoon tea at the historic Grand Hotel will enhance your visit.
Activity Level
Active
Walking 1–2 miles per day. Paved and unpaved roads, some hilly terrain, stairs.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover the valuable roles horses play on the island during a narrated carriage ride.
  • On a walk with a naturalist, explore the island's beautiful natural spaces up close, then juxtapose your natural encounter with afternoon tea amid the elegance of the historic Grand Hotel.
  • Learn why Mackinac’s Victorian homes are an important part of island history on a field trip with the Deputy Director of Mackinac State Historic Parks.

General Notes

Transportation by foot, horse-drawn carriage, bike.
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Candice Dunnigan
Candice Dunnigan has been writer for the Mackinac Island Town Crier since the 1980s. She has been writing about Mackinac's heritage and horses for over 15 years. Her column "Horse Tales" has since produced a popular book of the same name. Candi holds an M.A. from the University of Michigan. She is an avid rider and horse owner both on Mackinac and in Grass Lake, Michigan. Seasonally she resides with her family on the north eastern shore of the Island.
Candice Dunnigan
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