Travel + Leisure names Mackinac Island No. 1 island in continental U.S.


DETROIT — The rest of the world is catching on to what Michigan inhabitants already know and have recognized: Mackinac Island is the greatest.

Journey + Leisure has named Mackinac the greatest island in the continental United States as part of its 2022 World’s Ideal Awards.

The yearly awards are primarily based on a study of Vacation + Leisure’s 9 million audience of preferred places, motels, homes and far more.

Hilton Head, S.C., was past year’s very best island winner (Mackinac was No. 9).

“We are elated to be identified by the readers of Travel + Leisure for this prestigious award,” mentioned Tim Hygh, Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau govt director, in a press launch. “Mackinac Island is a desired destination comprehensive of character that has manufactured it a nostalgic position persons keep coming back to time and time once again.

“This accolade is not only a testomony to the attraction of the island, but the incredible community and businesses that make this location so distinctive.”

Measuring less than 5 square miles, Mackinac is acknowledged for its charm, horse-drawn carriages, pure landmarks, fudge and substantially additional. Cars and trucks have been banned on Mackinac since the late 19th century, and it was basically specified as the country’s 2nd nationwide park.

A sunset at Kiawah Island, S.C. (Wikimedia Commons)
A sunset at Kiawah Island, S.C. (Wikimedia Commons)

Other best islands in the continental United States, in accordance to this year’s World’s Greatest Awards are Kiawah Island, S.C. (No. 2) Nantucket, Mass. (No. 3) San Juan Islands, Wash. (No. 4) and Golden Isles (Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island, St. Simons Island), Ga. (No. 5).

The whole listing of Vacation + Leisure’s 2022 World’s Best Awards winners can be found in its August 2022 difficulty and at


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