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Mackinac Island Named The No. 1 Summer Destination In America

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The view of the harbor from Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island in July 2017. (Photo: Mary Schroeder, Special to the Free Press)

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The vacation planning website TripAdvisor just named Mackinac Island the No. 1 summer travel destination in America for 2018.

That's ahead of the likes of Martha's Vineyard (Mass.), Jackson Hole (Wyo.), Lake George (N.Y.) and Ocean City (Md.).

"This charming island is a throwback to old-timey seaside leisure with the candy-colored facades of downtown shops," TripAdvisor says. "Mackinac is world-famous for its homemade fudge and travelers can work off sugar highs by exploring the limestone bluffs of Mackinac Island State Park."

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TripAdvisor also revealed some data and recommendations about hotel stays and destinations on Mackinac Island, including:

  • The average summer nightly hotel rate is $347 (wow).
  • The average summer week expense per person is $2,905.
  • The best "Fun Experience" recommendation: Mackinaw City Sunset Cruise.
  • The "Great Place to Eat with Family and Friends": Pink Pony.

The rest of the Top 5: Bar Harbor in Maine, Block Island in Rhode Island, Lake George in New York and West Yellowstone, Montana.

Mackinac Island has earned quite a bit of attention from national publications recently. Last December, Forbes named the island a top "secret celebrity hideaway." Men's Journal also named Mackinac Island among its top 25 motorcycle vacation spots —  except the island doesn't allow motorcycles.

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