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 $40
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $17
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
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Gaylord $27
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $23
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $33
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $14
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $14
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $10
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $12
Pine River Golf Club Standish $19 - $23
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $18
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $50
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
White Pine National Golf Club
Tee Times
Spruce $24
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $40
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $12
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Forest Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $119
The Nightmare Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $27
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $40
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $31 - $52
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $34
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $61
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $26 - $43
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Elk Ridge Golf Club Atlanta $50
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $18 - $33
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
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