The Lake Huron or Sunrise Side of Michigan starts at the scenic coastal highway 23, but reaches much further into the “Mitt” to include world class fly fishing streams, the renowned Gaylord Golf Mecca, birding hotspots and numerous inland recreational lakes. Bring the camera for spectacular views of the AuSable River Valley along the 22-mile River Road Scenic Byway.
Step back in time at Wellington Farm, USA to sample rural living during the Great Depression. The Logging Museum at Hartwick Pines State Park preserves a virgin stand of white pine trees while describing Michigan’s early lumbering industry. Cottage resorts line the shores of Houghton Lake and state parks provide plenty of campsites at Higgins Lake.
Photogenic lighthouses dot the Lake Huron shore from Tawas Point Lighthouse to Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, with the Old (1840) and New (1870) Presque Isle Lights in between. They are located just north of Alpena, home of the free Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center and the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which protects more than 100 shipwrecks under Lake Huron and attracts scuba divers and snorkelers (rental equipment available). You can also see some of the shipwrecks from glass-bottomed kayak and sightseeing tour boats.