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