Fall Escape to Mackinac
What to do: Mackinac Island
Bike rentals: Available throughout downtown; no reservations necessary.
Passenger ferries: Several travel daily to the island May-October from St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. Among them: Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry (800) 542-8528; arnoldline.com; Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry (800) 828-6157; sheplersferry.com; and Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry. (800) 638-9892; mackinacferry.com
Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises: Three-hour cruises June through mid-September. (231) 436-5023; sheplersferry.com
Mackinac Island Butterfly House: An indoor tropical garden exhibit with hundreds of live butterflies. (906) 847-3972; originalbutterflyhouse.com
Bois Blanc Island: A quiet wooded island in the Straits. Bois Blanc Island
Mackinac parks: Mackinac Island State Park, Fort Mackinac (pictured at left), and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. (231) 436-4100; Mackinac Parks