Mackinac Island is one of my favorite places to visit in Northern Michigan. The island is extremely popular in the summer but there are some advantages to visiting in the fall.
Mackinac Island is truly a gem of the Midwest. It is one of the few places that still allows you to step back in time. There are no vehicles allowed on the 8 mile island which means that your transportation is either walking, riding a horse or a bicycle. You can bring your own bike or rent one there. Your journey to Mackinac Island starts with either by private boat or a take a 15 minute ferry ride from Shepler’s departing from Mackinac City or St. Ignace.
1. Less Crowds
The locals call the tourists who visit up north “fudgies.” You will find lots of fudge options and lots of tourist on the island in the summer. If you do not enjoy visiting places with lots of tourists in a small concentration, considering visiting the island in the fall. There is an extreme contrast between the amount of people on the island in the summer versus the fall.
2. Lower Prices
Anytime that you visit a popular destination during peak season you will pay a premium. For better rates, options, and availability to choose from, book a stay in the fall.
3. Great Weather and Beautiful Colors
I LOVE summer weather but I have still found visits to the island to be really enjoyable in the fall. The weather is still really beautiful which means that you can still enjoy biking and hiking around the island and in the crisp evenings you can snuggle by a fire.
4. End of Season Sales
The end of season deals are another advantage of visiting the island late in the season. Stores are getting rid of their inventory and as their tourist season winds down you can find fantastic deals on apparel and other merchandise.
You can find out more about Mackinac Island from the Shepler’s