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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Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $35
Black Lake Golf Club
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Onaway $34
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
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Gaylord $25
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $70
Gaylord Golf Club
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Gaylord $30
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $95
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort
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Gaylord $15 - $35
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $25
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $10
Forest Dunes Golf Club
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Roscommon $119
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
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Au Gres $12
The Nightmare Golf Course
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West Branch $27
Tawas Creek Golf Course
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Tawas City $10
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
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Glennie $14
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
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Lewiston $70
White Pine National Golf Club
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Spruce $24
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Quest Golf Club
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Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Alpena Golf Club
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Alpena $40
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $18
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Cedar Valley Golf Club
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Comins $12
Thunder Bay Golf Resort
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Hillman $18 - $33
Pine River Golf Club Standish $19 - $23
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $70
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $29 - $59
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $29
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $65 - $160
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $65 - $160
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $69
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
West Branch Country Club West Branch $32 - $42
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $27 - $44
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
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