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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.
    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.

    Beach Towns

    Michigan's West Coast BWOne glance at a map will show you that Grand Rapids isn't really a "coastal city." So why does National Geographic Adventure magazine call us one of America's Best Waterfront Towns? Because we're literally just minutes away from Lake Michigan!

    It's virtually impossible to describe the beauty and majesty of Lake Michigan to a newcomer. You have to see it to believe it - as the editors of Condé Nast Traveler magazine did when they called it one of the world's top 25 shorelines. (Not the U.S., not North America, THE WORLD!)

    Along with pristine white-sand beaches, towering sand dunes and glorious sunsets, the Lake Michigan coast is home to some pretty spectacular beach towns - all just a short drive from downtown Grand Rapids. Each offers its own unique character and charm.