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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    East Grand Rapids
    A charming business district, all-season sports lake and beautifully maintained parks and homes distinguish this family-oriented suburb.
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    Downtown Walking Tour

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    This ten-block downtown walking tour covers less than three-quarters of a mile - but it takes you all the way from Berlin to Vietnam!


    Start at the Grand Rapids Public Museum to experience history made real - through fossilized dinosaur remains, American Indian artifacts, a chunk of the Berlin Wall and much more.

    Cross the street to Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to review the life and times of our native son, the 38th President of the U.S. You can pay respect to the President and Mrs. Ford, who are interred on the grounds.

    Walk directly east through Ah-Nab-Awen Park, once the site of a Native American Village, to the historic Blue Bridge that crosses the Grand River.

    Cross the bridge to the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and stop at the concierge desk for a self-guided tour brochure. You'll be dazzled by the history and luxury of the original 1913 structure and its soaring glass tower addition.

    Ready for a break? Ask a passerby to point you in the direction of the Starbucks coffee shop inside the hotel.

    Walk one block east to the Waters Building on the northwest corner of Pearl and Ottawa. Note the Chicago-style construction of an exterior steel frame with masonry cladding. Go inside to admire the building's century-old woodwork and chandeliers.