Starting mid- to late-September the area comes alive with brilliant colors during the autumn color-tour season. You'll love to explore the highways and back roads admiring the beautiful fall colors. Smaller crowds, reduced prices and a more relaxed atmosphere make the fall a favorite time of year for locals and visitors alike.
Come winter, the scene changes from colorful to pure white. The lakes freeze and it's time to strap on snowshoes, cross country or downhill skis and explore the northland. If you enjoy winter events, we have quite a few planned. The Community Winterfest celebration takes place mid/late January and features snow carving, a chili cook-off, sleigh rides, and more activities to enjoy for visitors of all ages. And with two major Lower Peninsula trails meeting here, it's no wonder that thousands of snowmobilers find Mackinaw City a great place to be! Trails running through our northwoods, past lakes and frozen streams, make for excellent snowmobiling in and around Mackinaw. Riders can either head to Cheboygan, 15 miles southeast, or towards Carp Lake, Pellston and Petoskey to the southwest. For those that want to cross the Mackinac Bridge, the Bridge Authority will transport a rider and sled for a nominal fee.