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Alpena is a pretty town that overlooks Lake Huron's Thunder Bay in the northern region of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Located on what is commonly referred to as "Sunrise Shoreline," Alpena is quiet and friendly with a laid-back, charming atmosphere and many beautifully preserved houses and buildings from the turn of the century. It has a convenient downtown shopping area that is situated near the marina, and an "Old Town" just north of Thunder Bay River. Fishing is popular in Alpena, not just in summer, but ice fishing in winter, as well. Other activities in town include skiing, sledding, ice-skating and snowmobiling; golf, boating, hiking and biking. Alpena is home to a lighthouse, a small structure affectionately called "Lil' Red," and best viewed from the transient docks at Alpena's City Harbor. Other attractions in town include the Jesse Besser Museum. The grounds of this museum contain several restored nineteenth-century buildings, including a one-room schoolhouse and a homesteader's cabin, plus rotating exhibits in three galleries, a recreation of an 1890s street and a planetarium. There are several good restaurants in Alpena, along with plenty of shopping opportunities. Lodging in the area is plentiful, as well, ranging from hotels and motels, lakeside cabins, cottages and inns and camping.

Surrounding areas: Leroy, Michigan (11.8 mi), Hubbard Lake, Michigan (17.6 mi), Harrisville, Michigan (28.8 mi), Greenbush, Michigan (33.2 mi), Atlanta, Michigan (35.0 mi), Comins, Michigan (36.3 mi)

Alpena Vacation Rentals

Alpena Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Alpena Holiday Inn615 E Front StAlpena, MI (989) 356-2151
Best Western Of Alpena1286 M-32 WAlpena, MI (989) 356-9087
Holiday Inn - Alpena1000 US 23 NAlpena, MI (989) 356-2151
Tower Motor Inn1496 M-32 WAlpena, MI (989) 356-6118

Alpena Weather & Climate

Northeast Michigan, on the Lower Peninsula, experiences four distinct seasons. During periods of easterly to northeasterly winds, the air moving over Lake Huron gives this region cooler summers and increased snow activity in late fall and early winter. As a result of prevailing westerly winds, the northeast region also experiences additional lake affect. In late winter, ice builds up on the lakes and temperature variations more closely resemble inland Michigan. This area seldom experiences prolonged periods of hot, humid weather in the summer or extreme cold during the winter. Annually, thunderstorms occur on an average of 24 days per year - mainly on summer afternoons. Michigan is located on the northeast fringe of the Midwest tornado belt, but has a lower occurrence of them, in part, as a result of the colder water of Lake Michigan during the spring and early summer months.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 26°F 12°F 1.70 in. -
February 28°F 12°F 1.34 in. -
March 36°F 21°F 1.86 in. -
April 48°F 32°F 2.13 in. -
May 60°F 44°F 2.83 in. -
June 70°F 53°F 2.58 in. -
July 76°F 59°F 3.17 in. -
August 75°F 57°F 3.43 in. -
September 67°F 50°F 3.10 in. -
October 55°F 39°F 2.43 in. -
November 42°F 29°F 2.02 in. -
December 32°F 19°F 1.84 in. -

Alpena Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Alpena County Regional airport (APN) located about 6 miles west of Alpena, the Oscoda Wurtsmith airport (OSC) located approximately 42 miles south of Alpena in Oscoda, Michigan, the Otsego County airport (GLR) located roughly 62 miles west of Alpena in Gaylord, Michigan, and finally the Pellston Regional Of Emmet County airport (PLN) located around 75 miles northwest of Alpena in Pellston, Michigan.

Alpena Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Acres Storybook ParkPinconningMI87.5 mi.
Water Parks
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI116.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Alpena Golf ClubAlpenaMI 
Rose Golf CourseLeroyMI11.7 mi.
Springport Hills Golf CourseHarrisvilleMI29.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI60.7 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI72.7 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI80.0 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI87.0 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI111.5 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI111.8 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI116.5 mi.
State Parks
Alpena State ParkMI15.6 mi. 
Sturgeon Point State ParkMI25.6 mi. 
Harrisville State ParkMI30.0 mi. 
P H Hoeft State ParkMI35.1 mi. 

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