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Old 08-02-2017, 06:42 AM
 
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Also, on the north side of the bridge is a town called St. Ignace that has a casino if you like gambling.
As far as casinos go, that one is nothing to write home about. There's one in Petosky that is MUCH better.
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Old 08-02-2017, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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This year I am going to visit the San Juan Islands WA, Portland OR, Mendocino CA, the Anderson and Sonoma Valleys CA, and Yosemite National Park CA.

I want to go to Bar Harbor ME, the White Mountains NH, Burlington VT, Portsmouth and Exeter NH, and Boston MA. I think I'll do that next year. Maybe hit New York City and the Hudson R. Valley NY, too.
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Old 08-02-2017, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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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.

not to mention that many of these horses suffer greatly as they "clop" around the hard surfaces all for the bemusement of folks that would be better served walking off those pasty sandwiches or better yet have a few of them hooked up to pull the carriage themselves
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Old 08-02-2017, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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While I have travelled to many places in continental US that were on my bucket list already (cities, national parks, coastlines, regions) there are two blind spots still existing: Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Also I always thought of visiting some more places in Alaska, because I have just been there a couple of days so far.
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Old 08-02-2017, 09:55 AM
 
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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.
We used to live in the U.P.....and we drove on up to Marquette and the surrounding area, although I didn't have a chance to go to Pictured Rocks which was probably an additional 40 miles...however....Marquette. omg. So, so beautiful. If you have a chance, go....even the drive up was magical (we lived around 90 miles lower, at the edge of the U.P.)...you look around and it gives you the sense of being on the edge of the world, it's just an amazing place. And sitting on the shore of Superior is tear-inducing. Well, it was for me, at least. I'm a wimp for God's natural beautiful places, lol.
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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We spent one night and one day in LA as a day trip when we visited San Diego back in 2008 but there is so much more of it that I would like to see that I would like to spend at least a week there sometime exploring places like Santa Monica, Malibu, and Hollywood.

NYC, never been there but have always wanted to go, it's just so expensive!

I would love to explore the lower Mississippi and stop at places like Memphis, Vicksburg, and Natchez. We visited New Orleans for the first time a few months ago and I don't really care if I go back there or not now that we've seen the historical aspect of it, but those other places sound intriguing.
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Canada
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not to mention that many of these horses suffer greatly as they "clop" around the hard surfaces all for the bemusement of folks that would be better served walking off those pasty sandwiches or better yet have a few of them hooked up to pull the carriage themselves
Yes, I was going to say it's hard on those poor horses out in the sun clomping along on the pavement all day. (I'm a former horse owner so I sympathize A LOT!) At least they get a lot of down time during the winters up here.

As for your last sentence, thanks for the chuckle. You are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! LOL
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Canada
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As far as casinos go, that one is nothing to write home about. There's one in Petosky that is MUCH better.
For sure! and a nice one in Traverse City too.
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Old 08-02-2017, 02:55 PM
 
Location: East Texas
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Anywhere in the NE where I can get some big lobsters! I've been almost everywhere else! I noticed nobody mentioned Durango, Colorado . I highly recommend it.
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Old 08-02-2017, 03:07 PM
 
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For sure! and a nice one in Traverse City too.
Don't forget the Petoskey area, either, which is in-between Traverse City and Mackinac.

You could spend a good week in that upper lower peninsula area, and another week if you wanted to see the sights in the U.P., too.
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