The Advocate honored Grand Rapids as one of the “Gayest Cities in America.” Expedia ranked it among “the cream of the crop of cool cities to visit in the U.S.” Thrillist hailed it as offering “much of the art, food, and music trappings you’d find in Chicago or Detroit, only at half the price.”

In short, Grand Rapids is a perfect destination for LGTBQ+ travelers – inclusive, hip, and just plain (affordable) fun.

You’ll find welcoming destinations all over the city. Downtown is home to the Apartment Lounge, Michigan’s oldest gay bar, and Rumors Night Club, a dance bar with DJs, karaoke, and drag shows. Both are within a 10-minute walk of 200+ restaurants, breweries, museums, shops, and live-music venues.

Head to Uptown for the trendiest shopping, the West Side for the hottest urban renewal scene, and Southtown for the most diverse dining choices. Visit 40+ craft breweries on the Beer City Ale Trail. Attend ballet, opera, symphony and touring Broadway productions. Get your exercise in on lakesgolf courses, and biking and hiking trails as close as five minutes from the city center.

Grand Rapids is also the perfect home base to explore the Lake Michigan shore – including Saugatuck/Douglas, one of America’s premier LGBTQ+ resorts. Spend a day on Saugatuck’s Oval Beach and the night on the town in Grand Rapids!

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