Traversing Mackinaw City and going to and from there to Mackinac Island are practically tourist experiences in themselves, and the most common means of transport are also the most unique.

The Mackinaw Trolley Company offers 2.5 hour tours of the city, narrating its history and pointing out attractions throughout the trip.  Spots passed include Michilimackinac , the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, numerous landmark docks and bridges, the Native American Ojibwa Museum, and Castle Rock.  In the autumn, be sure to take the trolley’s beautiful fall color tour, which includes a stop at a farm producing corn, pumpkins, and other items traditionally associated with Thanksgiving.

There are numerous charter buses criss-crossing Michigan’s leading tourist city, and Shepler’s ferry carries passengers to and from the city to the Island in a little over a quarter hour.
And of course you can always drive to, from, and around Mackinaw City—though please mind Mackinac Island’s strict prohibition of the use of vehicles on its land.