Insta-Worthy Spots on Mackinac Island

by Sommer Poquette | May 11, 2022 | Vacationing in Northern Michigan

Mackinac Island is home to gorgeous views, natural wonders, and picturesque scenes, making it the perfect place to take Insta-worthy photos.
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Mackinac Island is home to gorgeous views, natural wonders, and picturesque scenes, making it the perfect place to take Insta-worthy photos. Here are some of the best spots on the island to photograph if you want your Instagram feed to stand out.

The Grand Hotel Front Porch – The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is a historical landmark that’s been in business since 1887. Its old-world charm will take you back in time. At 660 feet long, the front porch is the largest in the world. Views of the island from the porch are amazing, and it’s a great place to relax on a summer afternoon. It’s also the perfect backdrop to take a selfie while you lounge. 

World’s longest porch at the century-old Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

Arch Rock – Arch rock is a natural stone arch on Mackinac Island. It was likely formed when water levels in the Straits of Mackinac were much higher. Today it creates the perfect frame for the waves and blue water below. 

Arch Rock on Mackinac Island.

Fort Mackinac – This fully restored colonial fort hearkens back to the days when Mackinac Island was controlled by the French. Today, interpreters dressed like colonial soldiers and townspeople tell the story of the island’s history. Photograph the hilltop fort from the park below for a panoramic view.

Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

St. Anne’s Catholic Church – This sacred church building was built on Mackinac Island in 1874. Its tall spire can be seen towing above the island from several vantage points. The congregation of St. Anne’s dates back even further than the current building, with records going back as far as 1695. A photo of St. Anne’s is sure to add a little inspiration to your Instagram feed.

St. Anne’s Catholic Church overlooking Mackinac Island and the Straits of Mackinac.

Mission Point Resort Lawn – There is no better place to relax on Mackinac Island than the Great Lawn at Mission Point Resort. Adirondack chairs scattered around the lawn invite you to sit and enjoy the spectacular view of the Straits of Mackinac. Grab a selfie in one of the iconic chairs. Once you get comfortable, you might find that you want to stay awhile.

Three white Adirondack chairs on the Great Lawn at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island.

Mackinac Bridge – Mackinac Island offers a fantastic view of the Mackinac Bridge. Snap a selfie with this beautiful bridge in the background. The world’s fifth-largest suspension bridge links Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas over the Straits of Mackinac, where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet.

The Mackinac Bridge links Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas.

The Straits of Mackinac – Since Mackinac Island is surrounded by water, there’s a water view from most vantage points on the island. You can’t have a better photo background than the sparkling blue waters of the Straits of Mackinac on a sunny day.

Looking out at the Straits of Mackinac from the Island.

Downtown Mackinac Island – Main Street in downtown Mackinac Island is lined with quaint shops and victorian area hotels and homes. Since motorized vehicles are prohibited on the island, horse-drawn carriages and bicycles are built for two pass by regularly. Your Insta fans will think you traveled back in time when they see your post. Click here for more tips on biking the island.

Downtown Mackinac Island


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  1. Kathleen Peterson

    For years my family rented cottages in Northern Michigan for our vacations. We crossed the bridge when it was completed and my dad walked it year after year. We loved the Lake Michigan area north of Harbor Springs and rented cottages in that area. That is still my favorite place to visit.

  2. Takis Andreadiadis

    I have never been to Michigan, but if I come someday I will be visiting these places 100%
    Thank you for your blog


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