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Mackinac Island is the fifth best island destination in the world, according to the new issue of National Geographic Traveler.
The magazine's asked 522 travel industry experts in sustainable tourism to evaluate 111 islands to come up with the least spoiled ones that have prevented tourism overkill.
It put Mackinac Island, the Victorian-era beauty that allows no motorized vehicles, among rarified company for its preservation of natural beauty. It beat out even Molokai, Hawaii.
Top ranked were the Faroe Islands, Denmark, followed by the Azores, Portugal. Tied for third were Lofoten, Norway; the Shetland Islands in Scotland; and Chiloe, Chile.
Isle of Skye,Scotland was fourth.
Mackinac Island tied for fifth with Iceland and with Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
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