Inaugural list spotlights 10 American destinations that deserve travelers’ attention

Grand Rapids, Mich. – CNN announced this morning that they have named Grand Rapids one of America’s Best Towns to Visit in 2024. The inaugural list spotlights 10 American destinations that deserve travelers’ attention, according to CNN Travel editors.

“We are thrilled that CNN selected Grand Rapids as a top American destination—we couldn’t agree more,” said Experience Grand Rapids President and CEO, Doug Small. “While the team at Experience Grand Rapids works day in and day out to market our city to visitors from around the globe, our entire community owns this recognition. CNN Travel editors recognized there is something very special about this attractive and extraordinarily hospitable destination and are now telling the world.”

CNN Travel editors considered several criteria when honing their list, including the destination’s attractions, food and beverage offerings, nightlife and cultural scene, sense of identity, proximity to other interesting spots and “wow factor.” Editors also looked at travel essentials like lodging options and the ease of getting to and around each destination.

“I am very excited, but frankly not surprised, to learn that Grand Rapids is included on CNN’s inaugural list of America’s Best Towns to Visit,” said Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss. “This adds to our list of national accolades that make us a world-class destination. It’s a tribute to our community and leaders who put their heart and soul in creating unique and exciting attractions, lodging, restaurants, pubs and breweries, and cultural scene. From our revitalized Grand River to our vibrant downtown and quaint neighborhood business districts, I encourage everyone to explore our Grand city and enthusiastically welcome visitors to Grand Rapids!”

CNN—a global leader in online news and information—and CNN Travel collaborated to announce the America’s Best Towns to Visit list on Instagram this morning, reaching nearly 20.7 million followers. A post spotlighting Grand Rapids is scheduled to go live on CNN Travel’s Instagram on June 26. Read more about the top 10 towns here:

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Established in 1927, Experience Grand Rapids (EXGR) leads the marketing of Grand Rapids/Kent County as a premier convention & visitor destination providing a significant positive impact to the West Michigan economy. Previously named the Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention & Visitors Bureau, EXGR represents the second largest city in Michigan with over one million residents.

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