Juneteenth

Juneteenth – short for June Nineteenth – commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans in the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863…

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Ada

Nestled near the convergence of the Grand and Thornapple Rivers, Ada combines natural scenic beauty with a newly reinvented downtown. There are several hundred acres of public land and miles of…

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Locally Owned & Operated LGBTQIA+ Businesses to Check Out

Grand Rapids is home to many locally owned and operated LGBTQIA+ businesses. The city is now a destination to live and work for people of all ages and identities as more inclusive businesses open…

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Exploring Bridge Street in Grand Rapids

Bridge Street, located just across the Grand River from downtown GR’s Medical Mile, is the gateway to the city’s West Side neighborhood. An influx of investment in the past decade or so has…

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Rockford

Just 15 minutes north of downtown Grand Rapids, Rockford is a vibrant city filled with small-town charm and ambiance. A quaintly nostalgic downtown, situated on the banks of the scenic Rogue River…

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Exploring Cherry Street in Grand Rapids

While downtown Grand Rapids boasts the city’s largest concentration of shopping and dining destinations, there are numerous neighborhood business districts offering their own distinct pleasures. Many…

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Revitalizing the Grand River in Downtown Grand Rapids

Experience Grand Rapids has a 97-year history of success as the area’s destination marketing organization. We know what it takes – and who to partner with – to attract visitors, strengthen the…

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It All Starts With a Visit

The role of destination marketing Experience Grand Rapids uses an aggressive mix of marketing, group sales and promotional strategies to drive billions in visitor spending to our region. Each year, we…

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