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