Mackinac Island is officially tourism royalty. Michigan's legendary island is making big news by being named the "Best Summer Travel Destination in America".

As part of the popular USA Today readers' choice travel award contest, Mackinac Island took the top spot as the best place to enjoy your summer vacation this year. Michigan's historic tourist destination beat out popular spots in New York, Connecticut, and Florida in this year's annual "10Best Readers' Choice" travel list.

Mackinac Island is no stranger to making those "best of" lists, but when you consider the multitude of summer travel destinations across the country, taking the lead on this list is pretty amazing. USA Today says of the island in northern Michigan,

"Between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas, you’ll find Mackinac Island, where you’ll ride on horse-drawn carriages along car-free roads, observe fudge being made (and then sample it) and tour the historic Fort Mackinac. This Lake Huron-based continental island is also home to Mackinac Island State Park, where you can hike, bike, kayak, and take photos of the local natural beauty, including the stunning limestone Arch Rock."

Both Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau and Grand Hotel shared the good news on their social media account as a celebration of the good news.

“Mackinac Island is a remarkable place and our community works so hard to make it the special place it is today,” Mackinac Island Mayor Margaret Doud commented. “We are honored to be recognized for an accolade of this stature and look forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy this treasured island for years to come.”


The timing of the news couldn't have been any better as well with the island's unofficial opening day this past Friday,  April 28th making it the perfect way to kick off the 2023 season.

Looking to try something new this summer? Check out the full list of "Best Summer Travel Destinations in the U.S." here. 

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