Alpena, MI

Travel Guide
Alpena

Escape to the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, a city of total relaxation on the banks of Lake Huron, known for outdoor adventures and an old-world atmosphere. 

The city of Alpena prides itself on being a sanctuary, a place of rejuvenation for sailors of old and travelers of today. Get engaged in fishing expeditions, kayaking adventures or a journey underwater to the region’s shipwrecks. Experience all of this at a laid-back destination that combines the charm of a historic city with the serenity and beauty of rural Lower Michigan.

Incorporated in 1871, Alpena grew out of Michigan’s booming 19th-century industries. See artifacts from Alpena’s industrial history in the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan. Walk down a replica street from 1890 and learn about the Native American peoples who have lived in the region for centuries.

Alpena is inextricably linked to the bay. Many of its attractions are out on the water. Dive into the depths of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary on a shipwreck tour. See the ruins of vessels from Michigan’s maritime history, from wooden schooners to steel steamers. The Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center tells the stories of these underwater wonders.

Take your binoculars to the Island Park Wildlife Sanctuary in the northern part of the city, where the diverse ecosystem of Lake Besser is home to both nesting and migratory birds. Watch the marshland for owls, kingfishers and flycatchers. Island Park is also a popular fishing destination.

Skirt the coast of Alpena and the surrounding region to visit historic lighthouses. The Alpena Light, which has been operating since 1877, sits within the city limits. Travel along the edges of the bay to spot Old Presque Isle Lighthouse, one of the oldest of the Great Lakes lighthouses.

Spend a day at the beach. Bay View Park and Washington Avenue Park feature picturesque views, picnic facilities and play areas.

Fly to Boyne Mountain Airport and drive for about 2 hours to reach Alpena. If you plan to explore the lakes and wildlife sanctuaries, visit in summer. Winter, however, promises snow-based adventures in the surrounding region of Northeast Michigan.

Days Inn by Wyndham Alpena
Days Inn by Wyndham Alpena
2 out of 5
1496 M 32 W, Alpena, MI
The price is $72 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Situated in Alpena, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Blair Street Park, Alpena Civic Theater, and Lake Huron. Alpena Golf Club and Mich-E-Ke-Wis Park are ...
4/5Very Good! (676 reviews)
"Staff was very friendly and rooms very clean. Rooms looked recently updated. Breakfast every morning was quick and easy. The pool area was a little worn around edges, but still good."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

Days Inn by Wyndham Alpena
Ramada by Wyndham Alpena
Ramada by Wyndham Alpena
3 out of 5
1000 US 23 North, Alpena, MI
The price is $76 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Situated in Alpena, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Island Park and Wildlife Sanctuary and Besser Museum. Northern Lights Arena and Alpena Golf Club ...
3.7/5Good! (861 reviews)
"the picnic area"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Ramada by Wyndham Alpena
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alpena - Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alpena - Downtown, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
225 River Street, Alpena, MI
The price is $142 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in the heart of Alpena, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Alpena Civic Theater and Alpena County Library. Thunder Bay Theater and Bay View Park ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (223 reviews)
"Beautiful view out of our window. Close to downtown activities. Awesome!!"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alpena - Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Presque Isle Resort Cottage #1 of 2
Presque Isle Resort Cottage #1 of 2
Alpena, MI
The price is $69 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 12
Situated on the waterfront, this cottage is within 12 mi (20 km) of Grand Lake, Alpena Golf Club, and Island Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Besser Museum and Rockport ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Vaca 2021
"View of lake was wonderful & made for a relaxing week."

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Presque Isle Resort Cottage #1 of 2
Family owned vacation suite conveniently located across from Lake Huron beach.
Family owned vacation suite conveniently located across from Lake Huron beach.
Alpena, MI
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Blair Street Park and Mich-E-Ke-Wis Park. Lake Huron and Starlite Beach are also within ...
5/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
"The room was very nice. Kris did a wonderful job decorating the place to make it very warm and beachy. It’s right across the road from the beach. We also enjoyed two free concerts just down the road."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

Family owned vacation suite conveniently located across from Lake Huron beach.
Presque Isle Resort Cottage #2 of 2
Presque Isle Resort Cottage #2 of 2
Alpena, MI
Situated on the waterfront, this cottage is within 12 mi (20 km) of Grand Lake, Alpena Golf Club, and Island Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Besser Museum and Rockport ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Great location
"Nice property."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Presque Isle Resort Cottage #2 of 2
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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