10 Island Vacations, Made in America

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Michigan: Mackinac Island

Michigan: Mackinac Island

No cars are allowed on Mackinac Island, so you’ll have to get around on foot, skates, or bikes. Or you can drive your own horse-and-buggy and tour this National Historic Landmark and battle site of the War of 1812. Make a pit stop at the 1887 Grand Hotel, which has hosted everyone from Thomas Edison to Mark Twain, as well as several U.S. presidents. Sit on a white rocking chair on the world’s longest porch and take in the picturesque views of Straits of Mackinac. The Grand Hotel has another claim to fame: Its original awning makers went on to open Murdick’s Fudge, one of the earliest fudge shops in America. The new owners have continued the traditions of crafting fudge from Michigan-sourced ingredients (cream, sugar, and maple sugar). The walkable town is also ideal for a pub crawl, where the goal is to collect as many bartenders’ signatures on the official pub-crawl T-shirt as you can. 

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