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Mackinaw City

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Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 806 at the 2010 census; the population surges during the summer tourist season, including an influx of tourists and seasonal workers who serve in the shops, hotels and other recreational facilities there and in the surrounding region. Mackinaw City is at the northern tip (headland) of the Michigan's Lower Peninsula along the southern shore of the Straits of Mackinac. Across the straits lies the state's Upper Peninsula. These two land masses are physically connected by the Mackinac Bridge, which runs from Mackinaw City north to St. Ignace. Mackinaw City is also the primary base for ferry service to Mackinac Island, located to the northeast in the straits.According to AAA's 2009 TripTik requests, Mackinaw City is the most popular tourist city in the state of Michigan. Local attractions include Fort Michilimackinac, the Mackinac Bridge, the Mackinaw Crossings shopping mall, Mill Creek, the Old Mackinac Point Light, the Historic Village, the McGulpin Point Light, and the retired US Coast Guard Icebreaker Mackinaw.
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Parks in Mackinaw City

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Shopping in Mackinaw City

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Where to stay in Mackinaw City

Accommodations in Mackinaw City cater primarily to those in transit--either tourists on their way to nearby Mackinac Island, or travelers going between the United States and Canada. Mid-range motels dominate, with the area around the ferry terminal along South Huron Avenue serving as the most popular place to stay. If you're looking for something with more character and pleasant views over the lake, go farther south to the suburb of Edgewater Beach. There, you can choose from a number of options along Route 23.
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