The view of Mackinac Island's harbor from the canons at Fort Mackinac.
Here's your "must do" list, whether you're on Mackinac Island for the day or the week.
Walk amid hundreds of exotic butterflies from four continents living in a botanical garden. The adjacent Insect World boasts loads of giant insects (in cages, thankfully). 906.847.3972, ORIGINALBUTTERFLYHOUSE.COM.
She became one of early America’s wealthiest women after taking over her murdered husband’s fur business at 26. Her home has become the Harbour View Inn, and her burial site (died 1846) is at Ste. Anne’s Church. MACKINACISLAND.ORG.
Built as a home for a band of idealists called the Moral Rearmament Society, and now a family resort with elegant restaurant, 18-hole putting green, a museum in a tower with fantastic views and more. 800-833-7711, MISSIONPOINT.COM.
His poetry classes in the Audubon Bar at the Grand Hotel are free, enlightening and even moving. (Free entrance to the fabled
hotel.) 10:45 a.m., Wednesdays, July and August. 800-33-GRAND, GRANDHOTEL.COM.
The island rocks with celebration at the finish line of two world-renowned sailing races each July. The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac and the Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Race. MACKINACISLAND.ORG.