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