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