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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.

    Travel Blog

    Six respected travel writers contribute to our My Experience Grand Rapids blog, sharing their adventures in and impressions of our fair city. They write about art, food, music, family playcations and whatever else strikes their fancy.

    The blog is a great place to uncover unique story angles. We also welcome Guest Bloggers who want to share their Grand Rapids experience.


    My Experience Grand Rapids Blog

    Brass Ring Brewing: Beer, Food, and Friendship

    Christopher Gibbons, a 25-year veteran trial attorney by day, and now owner and brewer at Brass Ring Brewing , has upped...

    Jason Ley
    July 16, 2018
    What’s In Store for ArtPrize 10

    While most folks in West Michigan are gearing up for summer, a dedicated group of people have been working hard to...

    Nadira Kharmai
    July 13, 2018
    Locals’ Guide to Frozen Yogurt Shops in Grand Rapids

    Frozen yogurt - commonly referred to as “froyo” - is a foodie trend with staying power. Frozen yogurt is made with less...

    Lyndsay Daly
    July 12, 2018
    Grand Rapids Area Outdoor Concerts & Picnic Pairings

    It’s the ideal summer night: a picnic on the lawn with local food and beverage and great music. In Grand Rapids, outdoor...

    Cultured GR
    July 10, 2018
    Be an Astronaut with the Grand Rapids Public Museum

    This summer, you can blast off into outer space by taking a trip to downtown Grand Rapids! While our city may be more...

    Nadira Kharmai
    July 5, 2018
    West Michigan Whitecaps: Your Summer Tradition

    With dozens of themed nights, special giveaways, new food/drink choices, and a variety of entertainment, families who...

    Kirsetin Morello
    July 3, 2018
    New & Expanded Restaurants in GRs’ Uptown Neighborhood

    If downtown is the heart of the city; neighborhoods are the soul. Grand Rapids’ Uptown neighborhood features...

    Shannon Cohen
    June 29, 2018