Couple with bikes on Lake Huron shoreline.
Stroll on the
Sunrise Side

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Discover the sunrise side.

Mornings take on a whole new meaning along the Sunrise Coast in Michigan’s northeast region.

Explore the shores of Lake Huron’s blue waters and clear streams and rivers that call to anglers to take that perfect cast. Scuba, snorkel or kayak among shipwrecks that span the centuries and explore the seasons – from the vibrant colors of fall to the hush of winter snow – on bikes, boats, snowshoes or skis. 

Heritage Route 23 highlights breathtaking views, as well as 150 historic sites and arts and cultural venues along the way. The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary's Maritime Festival celebrates the Sunrise Coast's maritime heritage. Find adventure or find some peace and quiet as you take the scenic route in northeast Michigan.

Golfer hitting ball at Treetops Resort.
Follow M-23 for a one-tank road trip along Michigan’s “Sunrise Side.” It’s a scenic drive past lighthouses, along pebbly beaches and within view of glimmering Lake Huron, all highlights of Northeast Michigan.
Alpena Lighthouse
Located along the picturesque shores of Lake Huron, Alpena is home to stunning sunrises, small-town charm, a rich maritime history and endless outdoor adventures. Your perfect getaway awaits in northeast Michigan’s “Sanctuary of the Great Lakes.”
Downtown area on Mackinac Island.
Mackinac Island is a step back in time. With classic homes, horse-drawn carriages, the historic Fort Mackinac and quaint shops, the island is a fun yet relaxing weekend getaway. We’ve rounded up a list of activities to help first-time visitors decide what to see and do, on the magical island.
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