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