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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Course City Rates from
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Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $70
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $34
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $17
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $10
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $14
White Pine National Golf Club
Tee Times
Spruce $24
Pine River Golf Club Standish $19 - $23
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $25
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $12
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $12
Forest Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $119
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $95
The Nightmare Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $27
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $31 - $52
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $26 - $43
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $34
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $34 - $39
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $31
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $18 - $33
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $75
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