Day Trips from Mackinaw City

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The average vacation stay in Mackinaw City has extended in recent years due to the fact that the city is so convenient to major area attractions.  Why relocate when you can use Mackinaw City as a home base.

Save the hassle of packing your belongings time after time and let us be your home away from home.  Rich in history and beauty, the Mackinaw area offers many ideal destinations just a short drive away.  The following are examples of day trips that include many of the scenic and historical sites found in Northern Michigan.

Mackinac Island Tour
Known as the Crown Jewel of Michigan, Mackinac Island is one of the only communities of its kind where motor vehicles are banned.  Bicycles and horse drawn carriages will take you...

Fall Color Tour
This is a full day fall color tour of the west coast taking in the beautiful fall color the first three weeks of October

Upper Peninsula
This is a full day of sightseeing, so you will want to rise and shine early.

West Coast
The drive from Mackinaw City south on the West Coast of Northern Michigan is a scenic tour of quaint villages and towns.

East Coast
What is the Sunrise Side?  It is the East Coast (Lake Huron side) of Michigan.

Canadian Train Tour
The International Bridge spans the waters of Lake Superior just as they head into the Locks of Sault Ste. Marie.  This bridge joins Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada just 50 minutes north of Mackinaw City.

Mackinac Island

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Mackinac Island

Catch a boat out of Mackinaw City aboard one of our ferry lines and visit Mackinac Island for the day. Known as Michigan’s crown jewel, a one-of-a-kind Victorian community where all motor vehicles are banned and the peaceful transportation of horse drawn carriages or biking are a way of life. Lose yourself on a day trip to beautiful Mackinac Island.

Garlyn Zoo

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Garlyn Zoo

For a short day trip, head to Garlyn Zoo 40 miles west on highway US-2. A unique Upper Peninsula zoo is housed on 30 acres and includes native North American animals like black bear, wolves, bobcat, whitetail deer, cougar, river otter, raccoon and skunk. There are also exotic animals.

Sault Ste. Marie

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It’s only a 58 mile drive north on I-75 to historic Sault Ste. Marie. The “Soo” was founded by Father Marquette in 1668. The city is also home of the famous Soo Locks which is the largest waterway traffic system in the world. At Soo Locks Boat Tours, you can ride with the freighters and experience an up bound and down bound lockage through the Soo Locks. A live narration explains all the points of interest along the waterfronts of Michigan and Canada. The boat tours have many departure times to choose from and no passports are required. The Soo Locks Boat Tours also offer Luncheon and Dinner cruises and a St. Mary’s River Lighthouse Cruise. After your maritime adventure, visit the Soo Locks.

Information Center and explore some of the maritime and historical museums in the area such as The Museum Ship Valley Camp which offers more than just a tour of her deck. Housed inside her massive cargo holds a 20,000 square foot museum with over 100 exhibits including the Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial. This exhibit holds the two lifeboats from the stricken vessel. Torn away during the sinking, these lifeboats are two of the very few major artifacts recovered after the tragic demise. There is also four 1,200 gallon aquariums stocked with various species of fish from the Great Lakes Region. After a day of Boat tours and history, you will return to Mackinaw City as an official “Soo Locks Sailors".