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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The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
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Gaylord $25
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $70
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $35
Black Lake Golf Club
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Onaway $34
Gaylord Golf Club
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Gaylord $30
Cedar Valley Golf Club
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Comins $12
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $40
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
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Au Gres $12
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $70
White Pine National Golf Club
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Spruce $24
Pine River Golf Club Standish $19 - $23
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
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Glennie $14
Tawas Creek Golf Course
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Tawas City $10
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $95
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
The Nightmare Golf Course
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West Branch $27
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $25
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $18 - $33
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Forest Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $119
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $29
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $20 - $37
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $29 - $59
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
West Branch Country Club West Branch $32 - $42
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $65 - $160
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $75
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $65 - $160
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $27 - $44
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $34 - $39
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
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