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Old 08-01-2017, 03:02 PM
 
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Mackinac Island
Sadly, I was disappointed. I enjoyed the ferry ride over though.
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Old 08-01-2017, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I've been to every state in the US except Alaska and Hawaii so I'd say both of them.
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Old 08-01-2017, 05:17 PM
 
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Sadly, I was disappointed. I enjoyed the ferry ride over though.
Really?
What turned you off?

I thought this place had some "uniqueness factor" left after one has visited almost all major attractions/big cities/national parks/beaches etc in the U.S.
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Old 08-01-2017, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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I've always been a keen history buff, so the entire east coast of the USA and all those historical places would keep me busy forever. But since i'm on time constraints, I hope this Christmas to be in San Antonio!!! And Denver, for the National Western Livestock Show. !!
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Old 08-01-2017, 06:27 PM
 
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New Mexico
Chicago
Hawaii

The rest either I've been to or have absolutely no plans or desire to go to

Texas
California
NYC
South Dakota
North Dakota
North Carolina
South Carolina
Alabama
Mississippi
Tennessee
Michigan
Minnesota
Indiana
Iowa
Idaho
Arizona
Florida
Utah
Washington
Oregon
Wyoming
Montanna
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Old 08-01-2017, 06:55 PM
 
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Maine
northern Minnesota
the UP of Michigan (plus Isle Royale)
the Florida Keys
the Dalton Highway in Alaska
Point Roberts, WA
southern Utah
the Rio Grande valley in Texas
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Old 08-01-2017, 06:56 PM
 
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Really?
What turned you off?

I thought this place had some "uniqueness factor" left after one has visited almost all major attractions/big cities/national parks/beaches etc in the U.S.
There are definitely some unique aspects, but you're dumped off the ferry onto a street lined with souvenir stores ... kind of ruins the mystique right off the bat. And don't even think about trying to see the Grand Hotel as a non-guest without paying up. And the little I could see appeared to be a bit dated and run down (though I've heard rumors of renovations).

It is nice to ride around the island in a horse drawn carriage. But I guess I was expecting something a little more "magical" and a little less commercial.

But frankly I wish I had spent the day traveling futher north to the UP and checking out the Pictured Rocks.

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Old 08-01-2017, 06:58 PM
 
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way up in the UP in the wintertime
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Old 08-01-2017, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Traveled in 48 states. Hawaii was still a territory when I went there.
North and South Dakota are the 2 that I missed. I would like to see Mt Rushmore and the Black Hills plus the Teddy Roosevelt NP in North Dakota. Years ago we visited TR's home on Long Island , it was really neat.

We are too old to venture that far now, shame.
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Old 08-02-2017, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Really?
What turned you off?

I thought this place had some "uniqueness factor" left after one has visited almost all major attractions/big cities/national parks/beaches etc in the U.S.
Mackinac Island isn't far from where we live and I've been there twice. The ferry ride is nice, but as the other poster stated, you get off in the middle of town.

The Grand Hotel is nice, but nothing spectacular.

If you like "touristy" shops and fudge, you'll enjoy shopping along the main street.

One thing I DO recommend doing, is renting a bike (or bring your own) and ride around the island on the coastal bike path. I believe it is 9 miles around? The water is aquamarine blue and the scenery is very nice. We wore our bathing suits and went swimming part way around, but the shoreline is rocky, so swimming isn't comfortable but "do-able". (there are no sand beaches)

As for the horse drawn carriage ride, I've never done it, but remember you are wedged in with a bunch of other people. They used to have trail ride horses, but I'm not sure if they still do?

I wouldn't recommend going to the Island on a rainy day. You'll be bored in no time, and happy to get on the ferry to go back to the mainland. Anyways, that's my take on Mackinac Island.

BTW, Mackinac City is nice and there are lots of shops lining both sides of the main street. Also, on the north side of the bridge is a town called St. Ignace that has a casino if you like gambling.
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