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