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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Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $17
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
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Gaylord $27
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $35
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $40
Gaylord Country Club
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Gaylord $23
Black Lake Golf Club
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Onaway $33
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $14
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $18
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
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Lewiston $40
Pine River Golf Club Standish $19 - $23
Tawas Creek Golf Course
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Tawas City $10
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $18
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
White Pine National Golf Club
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Spruce $24
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
The Nightmare Golf Course
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West Branch $27
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
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Au Gres $12
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $40
Forest Dunes Golf Club
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Roscommon $119
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
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Glennie $14
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $50
Cedar Valley Golf Club
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Comins $12
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $34
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Elk Ridge Golf Club Atlanta $50
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $26 - $43
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $18 - $33
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $31 - $52
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $31
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
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