Get lost under the cosmos at Rockport State Recreation Area, an official Dark Sky Preserve, where the perfect night sky meets the Milky Way. Nothing says Pure Michigan like a crackling bonfire under the stars in Alpena.
Getaway to Alpena, Michigan
Alpena embodies the haven from the stresses of everyday life: the culturally rich place to relax and a sanctuary to rejuvenate, and inspire the happy, healthy and creative you. A port in the storm. It's what sailors have always searched for when the weather took a turn for the worst. Isn't that what we're all looking for in these days of shouting headlines? Our friendly, historic city may be just what the doctor ordered. We've turned the volume down and slowed the pace a bit so you can relax, rejuvenate and discover your family all over again. So turn your back to the wind and discover a place as close as a few hour's drive, but as far away as you'll ever need to be.
Home of: 2013 Outdoor Channel's Major League Fishing 2014/2015 Outdoor Channel's Fishing University 2015 Miss Michigan, Emily Kieliszewski The nation's only roadside dinosaur park, Dinosaur Gardens The only fresh water national marine sanctuary, Thunder Bay National marine Sanctuary World headquarters for Besser Company, revolutionizing concrete block-making Seven lighthouses within an hour's travel 1990 filming location for Die Hard 2 Home of 3 official Dark Sky Preserves, Rockport State Recreation Area, Thompson's Harbor and Negwegon State Park.
Experience more than a dozen one-of-a-kind attractions that Alpena has to offer. You will discover beautiful, scenic views, and quaint towns rich in history and flavor in Northern Michigan.
Explore maritime history and culture in Alpena, a popular destination for divers, snorkelers, and kayakers. You will find seven area lighthouses, maritime trails, and events that bring the stories of ship captains, sailors, and lighthouse keepers to life.
Come and see what we do for fun, where something special is always going on. Check out our annual events.
Find adventures on Lake Huron, the Thunder Bay River or on four of Michigan's largest inland lakes with miles of uncrowded beaches to relax and play on.
No matter what kind of lodging you are looking for, Alpena has something for everyone!
Known for being a place where you can enjoy life as it unfolds, relaxed adventure can be found along miles and miles of trails in Alpena.
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