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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Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $70
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $35
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $17
Black Lake Golf Club
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Onaway $34
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
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Gaylord $25
Gaylord Golf Club
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Gaylord $30
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $70
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
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Glennie $14
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
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Lewiston $70
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
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Au Gres $12
The Nightmare Golf Course
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West Branch $27
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $18
White Pine National Golf Club
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Spruce $24
Pine River Golf Club Standish $19 - $23
Forest Dunes Golf Club
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Roscommon $119
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $10
Cedar Valley Golf Club
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Comins $12
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $95
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $40
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $25
Tawas Creek Golf Course
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Tawas City $10
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $31 - $52
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $29
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $18 - $33
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
West Branch Country Club West Branch $32 - $42
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $34 - $39
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $75
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $27 - $44
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
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