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