31. Mackinac Island, MIGet More Info
Why go: This island, a seasonal destination surrounded by Lake Huron, bans motor vehicles, which gives it a retro feel that might just be the escape Midwesterners are craving. Eighty percent of the island is actually part of the Mackinac Island State Park, a National Historic Landmark. Visit the Revolutionary-era Fort where the oldest building in Michigan (established in 1780) still stands, and chow down on fudge at old-fashioned shops that still use 19th-century recipes.
Where to stay: Mission Point covers 18 acres of lakefront property where Lake Huron meets Lake Michigan. Originally built in the 1950s, the resort just completed a $10 million improvement plan (the largest renovation ever to take place on the island). It now features five food-and-beverage venues and Lakeside Spa and Salon, Mackinac Island’s only full-service health-and-wellness retreat.Back to top