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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.
    Heartside
    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.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    Travel to Grand Rapids

    Air Service

    Grand Rapids MapGrand Rapids provides easy accessibility and convenience. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport, ranked by Airports Council International as one of the top five best airports in the world (by size), serves five major airlines and offers 120 daily nonstop flights. Adjacent to two major arteries, the airport is only 15-20 minutes from our wide range of hotels and meeting facilities located in the downtown district or any corner of the city.

    National and regional airlines that fly to Grand Rapids are:
    · Southwest
    · Allegiant
    · American Eagle
    · Delta
    · United
    · U.S. Airways

    Southwest Airlines

    Whether coming from near or far, you can get to and from Grand Rapids on nonstop flights from 22 major market destinations:

    Atlanta
    Baltimore
    Charlotte
    Chicago - O'Hare
    Cincinnati
    Dallas/Fort Worth
    Denver
    Detroit
    Fort Myers
    Fort Lauderdale
    Houston
    Las Vega
    Minneapolis/St. Paul
    New York - La Guardia
    New York - Newark
    Orlando International
    Orlando - Stanfoard
    Philadelphia
    Phoenix/Mesa
    St. Louis
    St. Petersburg/Clearwater
    Tampa International
    Washington, DC

    Transportation (Driving from in State)

    Driving to Grand Rapids is a snap. Located at the intersections of I-96, I-196 and US-131, you have easy access to the city from north, east, south and west. Once you are in the metro area, our wide range of hotels and meeting facilities are no more than a 10-15 minute drive away. At most, Grand Rapids is only a two and a half hour trip from Michigan’s major population areas.

    Lansing 68 miles
    Ann Arbor 132 miles
    Traverse City 142 miles
    Detroit 154 miles

    To get to downtown:

    From the north or south
    US 131 to exit 85B (Pearl Street)

    From the east
    I-96 to I-196/Downtown (slight left) to exit 77C (Ottawa Ave.)

    From the west
    1-96 to US 131 south to exit 85B (Pearl Street)   

    (Driving from out of state)

    Driving to Grand Rapids is an easy trip from anywhere in the upper Midwest. Located at the intersections of I-96, I-196 and US-131, you have easy access to the city from north, east, south and west. Once you are in the metro area, our wide range of hotels and meeting facilities are no more than a 10-15 minute drive away. At most, Grand Rapids is only a two and a half hour trip from many major population areas.

    Chicago: 175 miles
    Indianapolis: 290 miles
    Milwaukee: 264 miles
    St. Louis: 442 miles

    To get to downtown:

    From the north or south
    US 131 to exit 85B (Pearl Street)

    From the east
    I-96 to I-196/Downtown (slight left) to exit 77C (Ottawa Ave.)

    From the west
    1-96 to US 131 south to exit 85B (Pearl Street)

    For detailed directions, see the downtown map on the next page.

    By Train:

    Amtrak provides daily rail service between Chicago and Grand Rapids.

    When you arrive:

    Parking in downtown Grand Rapids is convenient, with thousands of available public spaces. DeVos Place also has 700 additional spots. Each downtown hotel has its own parking, and several parking structures offer electric car charging.

    Once you're here, you'll be amazed how easy it is to get around. Logical street layouts, clear street signs and minimal traffic make driving a breeze. Or you can let someone else to do the driving: Ride the Rapid, our safe, clean, energy-efficient public bus system.

    Explore all the maps you need to drive, park, bike, hike and locate specific attractions. Review a complete list of transportation options and assistance. Also, stay up to date on the most current roadwork conditions.