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Apples and Doughnuts and Cider and More: The Fall Flavors of West Michigan

It doesn’t get much more beautiful than autumn in Grand Rapids. The air is cool and crisp, the city is blanketed in orange, red and yellow foliage, and great cider is never far away. Don’t miss out o...more

Posted October 16, 2014
GR Beer Tours Owner Bryan Haik

This Fall Enjoy a Pint and a Lift: West Michigan's Brewery Hop Transportation Options

Fall in Grand Rapids brings a slew of season-inspired beers and ciders and this year, new transportation options to enjoy libations all over town. As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, th...more

Posted October 9, 2014
Fall in Grand Rapids

7 Activities Your Family Will Love This Fall in Grand Rapids

With fall colors comes crisp air and the urge to get outside. Now is the time to dig out boots and sweaters and enjoy all that a West Michigan autumn has to offer. The only trouble you'll have is deci...more

Posted October 7, 2014
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Basketball in GR: The Grand Rapids Drive is Shooting for Success

If you’re ready for some great basketball, you’re in the right place at the right time. The Grand Rapids Drive, a new development league (D-League) team for the Detroit Pistons, kicks off their seaso...more

Posted October 2, 2014

 

 

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit

Art Aplenty

Great art is everywhere you look in Grand Rapids – in museums and galleries, lining streets and spilling out of parks. Every fall, we host the world’s largest art competition. Discover our Hot Art and find art events that match your trip dates. More

Farm-Fresh Food

With restaurants that use fresh, local ingredients and markets that offer a tremendous variety of just-picked produce, Grand Rapids is one delicious destination. Explore our Hot Eats and find a restaurant that tickles your palate. More

Lively Live Music

Grand Rapids is alive with the sound of music – every kind of music, every day of the week. Learn why this is a great city for Hot Tunes and find music events that suit your taste and your trip dates. More

Best Beers

America’s best brewpub. The world’s third best brewery. Two of the planet’s top 10 beers. No wonder Grand Rapids was named Beer City U.S.A. in 2012 and 2013! Check out all the ways to enjoy our Great Beer. More

Natural Wonder

Wherever you go in Grand Rapids, you’re never more than a few minutes away from a park, lake, river, golf course or hiking/biking trail. Every season offers endless opportunities for recreational fun. Explore our Grand Outdoors! More

Beach Bounty

There are 18 amazing Lake Michigan beaches just a short drive away from downtown Grand Rapids – and one very popular in-town beach at the center of one of the nation’s largest urban greenspaces. Browse our Beaches. More

Retail Therapy

From mega malls stocked with brand names to mini boutiques full of unique treasures, Grand Rapids offers a complete range of shopping experiences. Stores are close, convenient and friendly. Scan our Shopping options. More

Museum Magic

Explore the unique culture of Grand Rapids at a series of first-rate museums and historic sites. Learn about art, nature, presidential history, planets, childhood discovery and more at these Museums. More

Hospitality Plus

Grand Rapids offers big-city amenities without the big-city attitude. We cling tight to our small-town values – so expect friendly hellos, attentive service and pay-it-forward hospitality everywhere you go. More

Connecting Point

Location, affordability and all-ages appeal make Grand Rapids a great place to connect with your favorite people. Get together for a friend meetup, family reunion, girls’ getaway, or men’s weekend. More