Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

It’s what sailors have always searched for when the weather took a turn for the worst, a sanctuary. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for today amongst these shouting headlines? Our friendly, historic city may be just what the doctor ordered. Alpena is that place where history and heritage collide with relaxed outdoor adventure. Your base camp for adventuring through Northeast Michigan. A modern city at nature’s doorstep. We’ve turned the volume down and slowed the pace a bit so you can relax, rejuvenate and discover your family and what matters most in life, all over again, in your Sanctuary of the Great Lakes.


The carefree days of your youth come alive in Alpena, where memories are made and stress floats away with the current.

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sanc’tu-ary (sangk-choo-er-ee) n., pl -ies 1. A sacred place. 2. A place of refuge from stress, pressure, anxiety. 3. Where one leaves their cares behind to embrace a place known for its serenity. 4. Alpena, Michigan.

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From exploring shipwrecks to snowshoeing the backcountry! Whatever the season, adventures abound in Alpena!

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Alpena Area Fun Facts

Best time for bass fishing in Alpena is late summer, early fall. Coincidentally, it was during this time of year when Kevin VanDam caught a record number of bass on Grand Lake while filming for the Outdoor Channel’s Major League Fishing.

Famous Alpena strawberries are ripe for the picking in late June. Alpena strawberries have been known worldwide and made it into the Guinness Book of World Records when the community created the world’s largest strawberry shortcake.

Part of Die Hard 2, featuring Bruce Willis, was filmed in Alpena. Many Alpena residents served as extras in various scenes of the movie.

Northeast Michigan is home to a haunted lighthouse, a potato festival, and a one-of-a-kind roadside dinosaur zoo.

Start planning your Northeast Michigan adventure now and create
Pure Michigan memories you’ll never forget.

Take your adventure with you!

Show off your visit to Northeast Michigan with our fun Sactuary of the Great Lakes logo wear. Our shop has a great selection of gifts for your friends and family to remember what they loved about their visit.