Mackinac Island, Michigan
Mackinac Island is a 3.8-square-mile island located in Lake Huron, nestled between the coasts of Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The island is a National Historic Landmark where cars are banned, with horse-drawn carriages and bicycles being the sole transit options.
The island's crown jewel is the magnificent Grand Hotel, a massive Victorian-style resort built in 1887, which is situated on a bluff overlooking the lake and the expansive, meticulously landscaped hotel grounds, with the longest front porch in the world at 660ft. But the Grand Hotel is hardly the only thing grand about Mackinac Island: the summer colony exploded in popularity during the 19th century, and has painstakingly preserved countless Gothic Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne structures as charming-to-the-core B&Bs and summer homes for Michigan's most fortunate. The fully restored Fort Mackinac, built in 1780, will also quicken the pulses of history and military buffs in ways charming B&Bs might not.