We're excited for you to start planning your visit to Grand Rapids. Below are some common questions visitors have while planning their trip. Don't see an answer to your question? Contact us and we will help provide you with the information you need.
Trip Planning Information
Where is Grand Rapids?
Grand Rapids is located in West Michigan, about 185 miles from Chicago and 157 miles from Detroit, by car. It’s just 30 miles or so from the clean, sugar-sand beaches of Lake Michigan.
What's the best resource for planning a trip?
Where can I find a current list of things to do?
What are the can't-miss events and attractions?
How can I get the best deal on lodging?
Browse our hotel packages.
What about other deals?
Culture Pass GR offers reduced admission and other discounts at some of the area’s most popular attractions.
What's the best way to get to Grand Rapids?
What's the airport like?
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport was named the #1 airport in North America in its size class for customer service. It is served by six airlines connecting to 30+ non-stop destinations and conducting more than 100 flights each day.
Does Grand Rapids have rideshare options?
Is downtown walkable?
What is the weather like in Grand Rapids?
Grand Rapids enjoys all four seasons to the fullest. Visit our Weather page for average temperatures and seasonal packing tips.
What time is it in Grand Rapids?
Grand Rapids is located in the Eastern Time zone and follows Daylight Saving Time from March through November. Check the current time.
What is Grand Rapids area sales tax?
Michigan sales tax is 6% on all “tangible” goods. The city of Grand Rapids does not impose an additional sales tax.
How big is Grand Rapids?
Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan, with a population of 196,908 residents as of the 2022 census. The metro area, which consists of four counties, is home to more than 1 million people.
Why is Grand Rapids called Beer City USA?
What else is Grand Rapids known for?
What makes Grand Rapids one of America's Greenest Cities?
Grand Rapids prioritizes sustainability and has received worldwide recognition for its efforts. With many LEED-certified buildings (often first of their kind), renewable energy sources, public transit and walkability, Grand Rapids has plenty to show for their commitment to being "green."
Can I use cannabis/marijuana in Grand Rapids?
Yes – cannabis is legal to buy and consume in Grand Rapids and throughout Michigan.Check out the details
What are the alcoholic laws?
You must be at least 21 years of age to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages in Michigan. The sale of alcohol is not allowed from 2am to 7am. Bars close at 2am. You can consume alcoholic beverages purchased from approved vendors while you walk around the region’s outdoor Refreshment Areas.
What is the seatbelt law?
Michigan is one of 49 states requiring the use of seat belts. Law enforcement can stop and ticket motorists solely for not being buckled up. Drivers and front seat passengers must be buckled up, and all passengers aged 8-15 must be buckled up whether front or back. Children must be properly buckled in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4’9” tall.
Where can I get a fishing license?
You need a fishing license if you’re 17 years of age or older. Boaters born after June 30, 1996, and most personal watercraft operators who operate a vessel in Michigan must have a boater education card (boating safety certificate). A base hunting license is required for anyone who hunts in Michigan and additional hunting licenses may be required for different game.
Visit the Michigan DNR website for more information, including how to purchase your license.