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Welcome to Gaylord, Michigan!

An outdoor paradise for every season and every pursuit.

Breathe in fresh forest air and glide along pristine waterways in Gaylord, Michigan. Here, there’s enough room to roam and enough unspoiled wilderness to go around! Located in the heart of northern Michigan, Gaylord is the perfect place to gear up for adventure and unwind in nature. Bountiful forest trails, winding rivers, over 90 sparkling inland lakes, and four seasons make Gaylord the ultimate outdoor playground and oasis.

And while our rustic beauty will captivate you, we also offer a more manicured outdoor experience. The Gaylord Golf Mecca beckons golfers to stay and play with 17 championship courses where greens stretch as wide as the sky.

7 Reasons to Visit Gaylord, MI this Summer


The biking scene here is diverse, from picturesque paved routes to undulating single tracks at Aspen ParkShingle Mill Pathway and Pine Baron Pathway to the crown jewel of all trails – the North Central State Trail.

7 Reasons to Visit Gaylord, MI this Summer


Whether you’re looking for a quick picnic along the Sturgeon River or a week-long backpacking trip, we know just where you’ll want to hike!

7 Reasons to Visit Gaylord, MI this Summer

Elk Viewing

A unique Gaylord area activity, elk viewing is a must-do this summer! Visit the City Elk Park for a guaranteed sighting or venture out to the Pigeon River Country State Forest to search for our free-roaming herd.

7 Reasons to Visit Gaylord, MI this Summer

Lakes & Rivers

If being on the water is more your style, you’ll be happy to know that Otsego County is home to over 90 inland lakes and the headwaters of 5 major rivers

7 Reasons to Visit Gaylord, MI this Summer


With a recently remodeled streetscape, trendy new eateries and unique stores with up north charm, there’s definitely a new vibe in town

7 Reasons to Visit Gaylord, MI this Summer

Festivals & Events

It wouldn’t be a summer road trip without events and festivals!  Browse our events calendar for activities including concerts, races, car shows, fireworks and celebrations for all ages!

Outdoor Dining

Outdoor dining has been on the rise in recent years and is more popular than ever this summer!  While we already had a myriad of notable patios to choose from in Gaylord, Michigan, many of our dining partners have expanded their outdoor spaces even more.

We can’t possibly list them all, but click below for a few of our favorite alfresco eateries.


Hit the Town

Gaylord may be known the world over for its outdoor recreation opportunities, but that’s only half the charm. Shop, sip, sample, and savor the best of Gaylord’s downtown scene.

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