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