Mackinac Island Named Best Island in America

Kirsten Borgstrom   (517) 335-1871

Monday, October 29, 2007

Lansing, Michigan - With over 300 years of American architecture, Mackinac Island, Michigan, was named in the top five best-rated islands in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine (November/December 2007). One of Michigan's top vacation destinations, Mackinac Island is a step back in time, with transportation limited to horse and buggy, bicycle or foot, and surrounded by clear, blue Great Lakes waters, the island is a tranquil escape from a fast-paced, harried world.

National Geographic Traveler magazine enlisted a panel of 522 international travel experts to rank islands based on a specific set of criteria. The 'best-rated' islands scored 77 or above. These islands are in excellent shape, are still relatively pristine, and are likely to remain so at least for the immediate future.

"Word is getting out that Michigan has some of the most spectacular vacation destinations in the world," said George Zimmermann, vice president of Travel Michigan, a business unit of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "Mackinac Island is a perfect example of a Pure Michigan getaway." Explore the historic Fort Mackinac, enjoy the charm of the picture-postcard downtown, try the different varieties of homemade fudge or relax at the regal Grand Hotel, featured in the film "Somewhere in Time" and famous for an immense front porch lined with white rocking chairs overlooking the scenic Straits of Mackinac".

Ranking above many other famous islands, and one of only two American Islands in the top ten, Mackinac Island scored 80 and is noted as "No cars (banned since 1898), no high-rises, and little development pressure earns praise for the iconic isle in Lake Huron. Overall the island is a gem."

For more information on Mackinac Island visit michigan.org or call 888-78-GREAT (784-7328). Travel Michigan, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is the state of Michigan's official agency for the promotion of tourism. Travel Michigan markets the state's tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information services.

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