Top 200 Places: Mackinac Island Michigan

Mackinac Island
Accessible by ferry
Mackinac Island,

This island emerged gradually over 15,000 years ago. As the glaciers receded, the island rose above lake level and the erosive action of the ancient Great Lakes agains the island’s limestone bedrock created the many cliffs and rock formation that you can see today. The island is an American National Historic Landmark which was established in 1817. No cars are allowed on the island. Instead of car engines, you will hear horse hooves clip-clopping along the roads. For transportation you have a choice of walking, bicycling, horse and carriage or horseback riding. The majority of the island is owned by the park service and offers many dog-friendly hiking trails and picnic areas. The island offers a downtown area with dog-friendly hotels, vacation rentals, outdoor dining and scenic views. Also worth noting are the many fudge shops on the island and you can purchase fudge at stores and restaurants throughout downtown. The boardwalk, located west of the downtown area, offers the best spot for watching sunsets. This is also a popular walking area in the evening hours or for enjoying a picnic at one of the many picnic tables. In the late evening hours, the Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis, can often be seen year-round. To get to the island, you will need to take one of the three ferries, all of which allow leashed dogs.

Top 200 Places, with tens of thousands of places listed to take your dog to, will be releasing on it’s Dog News blog, Facebook page and on Twitter a list of 200 Top Places that you can take your dog in the U.S. and Canada. This list, while intended to highlight top places that are especially pet-friendly, is not designed to be the absolutely top 200 places that we could find, but a sampling of the top places so that all regions, types of attractions, hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, parks, beaches, shopping and more can be considered. No doubt each of you will find many other places not on this list or our full list of dog-friendly places at Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at You can also let us and our readers know if you agree or disagree with the selections, or your experiences there. Please keep in mind that places often change their policies regarding dogs and thus may have different policies at any time in the future.

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