No cars. No problems.

That should be the slogan for Mackinac Island, and to be honest after crossing the 5-mile Mackinac Bridge to get there, you’ll probably be ready for a walk. 

In fact, you should probably be ready for a lot of walking or at least a few carriage rides since automobiles of any kind have been banned on Mackinac Island since 1989.

Located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Interstate 75 practically drops you off at the island. One ferry — or plane — ride later and you’re in a state park unlike any other.

With over 80 percent of the island designated as Mackinac State Park, the area gives visitors the unique opportunity to marvel at sites and learn about the place where, according to the Ojibwa and the Odawa tribe legends, life began. 

One look at the gorgeous limestone bluff backdrops and a lazy afternoon by Lake Michigan, and you’ll find it hard to beat their reasoning. 

Some of the must-sees at this amazing Michigan state park:

Fort Mackinac
Serving as the headquarters for Mackinac National Park, the fort is the oldest building in Michigan and allows tourists to learn about its military past while experiencing what life was like in the colonial era.

Hiking and Biking
Visitors to the island can bring their own bikes on the ferry for a fee or they can rent one for the day. Whatever you decide, the 70 miles of hiking and biking trails will provide plenty of entertainment.

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Now completely restored, this lighthouse overlooks Lake Michigan on the edge of Michilimackinac State Park. Be sure to take the stairs to the top to enjoy one of the Midwest’s best views. 

Eagle’s Flight Zipline
As part of the Adventure Tour, the Eagle’s Flight Zipline is perfect for families and adrenaline junkies alike who want to see Mackinac Island from the air.

Explore downtown
Before heading home, make sure to leave some time to leisurely peruse to the cute shops and restaurants downtown area. A great treat or souvenir is a stop at one of the many fudge and candy shops.

There’s something for the whole family on Mackinac Island, you just have to be brave enough to ditch the car for a few hours to go explore like the good ole’ days.