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Grand Rapids

Travel Guide
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Visit museums, explore beautiful gardens and enjoy outdoor activities in the River City where Midwestern charm meets a thriving Michigan metropolis.

Grand Rapids, located just east of Lake Michigan, is a vibrant city rich with culture and natural beauty. With plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and a variety of museums and galleries, Grand Rapids is the perfect destination for the whole family.

The city straddles the beautiful Grand River and is therefore known as the “River City.” Rent a bicycle and ride along the riverbank or play a round of golf at one of the courses nearby. Drive to Lake Michigan and go swimming, climb dunes or play beach volleyball.

During winter, visit Cannonsburg Ski Area for snowboarding and cross-country skiing or try outdoor ice skating at Richmond Park. Grand Rapids Park and Kent County Park offer miles of trails for skiing and snowshoeing. In summer, these areas are perfect for biking and hiking.

Visit the world-renowned Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The park aims to blend man-made art with nature. Stroll through the tropical conservatory and marvel at Nina Akamu's massive sculpture, The American Horse.

Step back in time at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Explore American culture during the 1970s and discover interactive exhibits such as the mock Oval Office and Cabinet Room.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is home to more than 5,000 artworks. Browse the Renaissance section or marvel at modern masterpieces, such as Richard Diebenkorn’s Ingleside. The museum dates back to 1910; a 2007 redesign has elevated the building to a city icon.

Be sure to visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum, one of the oldest museums in the United States. Learn about the area's native peoples at the Anishinabek: The People of This Place exhibition. Gaze at the stars in the planetarium and ride the vintage carousel outside.

Reach Grand Rapids by flying into the International Airport, which is a 20-minute drive from downtown, or catch the daily Amtrak service from Chicago to Grand Rapids. Whether you are seeking cultural enrichment or outdoor fun, Grand Rapids has much to offer.

Where to stay in Grand Rapids

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown
3 out of 5
140 Ottawa Ave, Grand Rapids, MI
Fully refundable
The price is £133 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
Located in Downtown Grand Rapids, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Art Museum and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public Museum ...
4.3/5Excellent! (286 reviews)
"No complaints other than the bathroom trash hadn’t been taken out. I didn’t love looking at other peoples floss and sanitary napkins. The rest of the room was clean and the check in process was the fastest I’ve ever experienced."

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids
3 out of 5
11 Monroe Ave Nw, Grand Rapids, MI
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £148 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
Located in Downtown Grand Rapids, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Van Andel Arena, DeVos Performance Hall and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Downtown ...
4.3/5Excellent! (758 reviews)
"Great property with a lot of places with in walking distance. Front desk was super nice and helpful. Room was spacious!"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids
Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton
Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
187 Monroe Ave Nw, Grand Rapids, MI
The price is £174 per night from 16 Aug to 16 Aug
Located in Downtown Grand Rapids, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of DeVos Performance Hall and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Van Andel Arena and Downtown ...
4.2/5Excellent! (971 reviews)
"I have stayed at the Amway before and was always impressed. However, this stay was only satisfactory, especially because of the price. $629 for 2 nights, which included $64 for parking, just seems quite high when our air conditioning wasn't working in our room, our shower only had scolding hot water ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton
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.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Grand Rapids Airport
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Grand Rapids Airport
3 out of 5
5430 28th Street Court SE, Grand Rapids, MI
The price is £111 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from MSA Fieldhouse and within 3 miles (5 km) of Patterson Ice Center and Watermark Country Club. ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (142 reviews)
"Great hotel, new, spacious, quiet, and clean."

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Grand Rapids Airport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids North
Home2 Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids North
2.5 out of 5
330 RIVER RIDGE DR NW, Grand Rapids, MI
The price is £112 per night from 9 Aug to 9 Aug
Located in Alpine Center, this aparthotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center and within 6 miles (10 km) of Public Museum of Grand ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (106 reviews)
"The property is newer and very nicely decorated. Front desk staff was very courteous. Complementary breakfast was very nice. Disappointed in how the room was prepared. There was old food in the refrigerator (so obviously was not cleaned) and no extra toilet paper."

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids North
Delightfully Quiet & Cozy, Middle of Everywhere
Delightfully Quiet & Cozy, Middle of Everywhere
116 Bellevue St SW, Grand Rapids, MI
Situated in Grand Rapids, this holiday home is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Metro Health Community Clinic and within 6 miles (10 km) of Downtown Market and Urologic ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Weekend in Wyoming, MI
"We had a nice stay for the weekend as we celebrated my son’s wedding. The accommodations were good and as advertised. We will consider staying again if we are in the area."

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021

Delightfully Quiet & Cozy, Middle of Everywhere
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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