Destination Guide

Destination: Northeast Michigan

While Michigan's northwest may be the more nationally known vacation region, the northeast -- or "Sunrise Coast" -- boasts a collection of small towns and natural wonders worth exploring, too.

With just more than 11,000 residents, Alpena is the Northeast's largest city on Lake Huron. Here, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary has preserved more than 100 shipwrecks. Mackinaw City is where you can pick up a ferry to head to historic Mackinac Island, situated between the lower and upper peninsulas.

In the town of Grayling, you can set up camp to fish trout or simply explore the 129-mile Au Sable River. The only elk herd east of the Mississippi can also be found here.

Further inland, Gaylord has emerged as one of the Midwest's top destinations thanks to a mix of great golf courses and nationally acclaimed resorts. Modeled after an alpine village, it's a favorite winter getaway because of its hilly terrain. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are also popular when the snow falls.

Treetops Resort is the most well known of Gaylord offerings and a former host to the nationally acclaimed Threetops Shootout. The resort, which features dramatic mountain courses, includes designs from Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Tom Fazio and Rick Smith.

The Garland Resort, in the small town of Lewiston, is famous for its large cabin main lodge and four tree-lined, secluded golf courses within steps of each other.

To the east, toward Lake Huron, the golf is a little less known but is more convenient for people coming from Metro Detroit and Port Huron. A favorite retreat is Lakewood Shores Resort, which recreates the look and feel of the fames seaside courses of Scotland.

Michigan's northeast is hardly as widely known and visited compared to the northwest cities of Petoskey and Traverse City. Those who have discovered it like it that way.

Recommended: Treetops Resort in Gaylord

Offering 81 holes of award-winning golf by Rick Smith, Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Jones, Sr.; Treetops Resort's five courses include The Masterpiece, Premier, Signature, Tradition and America's number one par-3 course, Threetops. Treetops is the home of Rick Smith's Golf Academy (rated in the top 25 nationally) and home of the Par-3 shootout, which was televised nationally on ESPN.

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Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort
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Gaylord $15 - $35
Gaylord Golf Club
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Gaylord $30
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
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Gaylord $25
Black Lake Golf Club
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Onaway $34
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $69
Forest Dunes Golf Club
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Roscommon $119
Alpena Golf Club
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Alpena $40
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $95 - $185
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $8 - $34
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $10
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Quest Golf Club
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Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $25
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Thunder Bay Golf Resort
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Hillman $18 - $33
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $95 - $185
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $27 - $44
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
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Glennie $14
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $70
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Pine River Golf Club Standish $19 - $23
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
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Au Gres $12
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $95
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $70
Cedar Valley Golf Club
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Comins $12
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
West Branch Country Club West Branch $32 - $42
White Pine National Golf Club
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Spruce $24
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
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Lewiston $70
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $18
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
The Nightmare Golf Course
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West Branch $27
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $35
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $29 - $59
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $29
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Bootlegger Short Course Roscommon $39
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Tawas Creek Golf Course
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Tawas City $10
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
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