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This Michigan Spot Named Hottest Destination This Summer

Hear the clip-clop of hooves

May 16, 2018 - 10:17 am

(WWJ) Hear the heavy clip-clop of hooves, smell the chocolate, ride through fields of grass and trees in the fresh air, surrounded by water ... Where are you?

You're on Mackinac Island in this reverie, and you're not alone.

Based on Internet interest in booking a visit, Trip Advisor named Michigan's Mackinac Island the hottest travel destination for summer 2018.

"This charming island is a throwback to old-timey seaside leisure with the candy-colored facades of downtown shops. Mackinac is world-famous for its homemade fudge and travelers can work off sugar highs by exploring the limestone bluffs of Mackinac Island State Park," Trip Advisor wrote.

Here's their breakdown of a visit to the Island. 

  • Avg. Summer Nightly Hotel Rate: $347
  • Avg. Summer Domestic Round-trip Airfare: $476 (to Cherry Capital Airport/TVC)
  • Avg. Summer Week Expense Per Person: $2,905
  • Least Expensive Summer Week and Savings: June 4 (8% savings)
  • Best Value Hotel: The Inn at Stonecliffe from $297 per night on TripAdvisor  
  • Fun Experience: Mackinaw City Sunset Cruise from $24 per person on TripAdvisor
  • Great Place to Eat with Family and Friends: Pink Pony

Planning a visit? According to Trip Advisor, summer travel is on the rise. A survey of  more than 3,300 U.S. travelers, revealed 87 percent are planning a summer vacation -- up six percent from last year.

Of those respondents, 91 percent will travel domestically. Where is everyone going? The Northeast projects to be the most popular U.S. region for a summer trip, with 27 percent of respondents planning a trip to the East Coast. The Hamptons, Cape Cod, and Providence all sound delightful destinatiosn to many travelers.

Almost half of Americans will plan a beach/ocean getaway this summer, while 38 percent are planning city trips.

The other hotspots this summer are Bar Harbor, Maine, Block Island, Rhode Island, and Lake George, New York.