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Mackinac Island Named 2023 Best Summer Destination by USA Today

May 2, 2023

Each year, nationally recognized speakers and statewide thought leaders convene together on the idyllic Mackinac Island to discuss driving Michigan’s economy and growth. The island has been named the Best Summer Travel Destination in the 2023 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. Learn more below.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI – April 28, 2023 – Mackinac Island, the cherished “Jewel of the Great Lakes” that has beckoned travelers for centuries, announced today it has been named the Best Summer Travel Destination in the 2023 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest.

“Mackinac Island is a remarkable place and our community works so hard to make it the special place it is today,” said Mackinac Island Mayor Margaret Doud. “We are honored to be recognized for an accolade of this stature and look forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy this treasured island for years to come.”

Measuring less than five square miles, Mackinac Island is an incredible vacation destination filled with unique attractions, unforgettable experiences, unparalleled views of the Great Lakes, and of course trademark Mackinac Island fudge. Today, visitors can experience the island’s rich history by visiting centuries-old forts, taking in views of the Victorian architecture and riding a horse-drawn carriage down streets that have been car-free for more than 100 years.

“We are thrilled to be named the Best Summer Travel Destination by the USA TODAY 10Best heading into the 2023 season,” said Tim Hygh, Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau Executive Director. “Those who have visited Mackinac Island know how special this place is and it truly is one of those destinations that sticks with you even after you’ve left. The island’s atmosphere, scenery, and people encapsulate a truly magical vacation experience, and this award reflects that.”

“Mackinac Island holds a special place in Michigan’s history and has long been a cherished destination appealing to travelers far and wide,” said Dave Lorenz, Vice President of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “We’re proud to receive this meaningful recognition for our state and encourage everyone to make the time to visit Mackinac Island to truly experience what this unique island has to offer every type of traveler.”

As the 2023 season on Mackinac Island gets underway, the community is looking forward to celebrating monumental anniversaries including the 125th anniversaries for both the motorized vehicle ban and the historic Wawashkamo Golf Club, as well as 75th anniversaries for the signature Lilac Festival and iconic Pink Pony restaurant. Visitors can also look forward to new dining options and reimagined properties that will enhance the island’s nostalgic charm. For more season opening dates, see here.

Tom Nemacheck, Executive Director, Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation added, “Mackinac Island is one of the Upper Peninsula’s Crown Jewels. The experience there is so incredibly special and has brought visitors to our region from all around the country and even from around the world.”

The 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest – part of the multi-platform news and information media company USA TODAY – aims to share expert travel content spanning attractions, things to do and see, restaurants, and more. Categories and nominees are selected by a panel of experts including a combination of and USA TODAY editors, relevant expert contributors, and sources from other Gannett properties. New categories with 20 nominees are launched every Monday and open to public voting for four weeks; the public is allowed to vote online for one nominee per category, per day.

In addition to this latest 10Best Readers’ Choice achievement, Mackinac Island has recently garnered an impressive collection of accolades including being named the Best Island in the Continental U.S. by Travel + Leisure and one of the Best Places to Visit by TripAdvisor.

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