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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

    New Restaurants to Try During ArtPrize

    From the moment you drive into Grand Rapids, you’ll notice how much it has grown and changed in the last year: the...

    Lyndsay Daly
    September 19, 2017
    Big Boiler Brewing in Lowell is Full Steam Ahead

    Beer City, USA's radius has not only been expanding but deepening. The city of Lowell welcomes its second craft brew...

    Jason Ley
    September 14, 2017
    New Changes to ArtPrize Nine

    In just a few weeks, ArtPrize returns for its ninth year to Grand Rapids, starting September 20 and ending on October 8,...

    Kirsetin Morello
    September 12, 2017
    Local’s Guide to U-Pick Apple Farms & Orchards

    Grand Rapids has the best of both worlds – a vibrant city life along with dozens of nearby farms filled with...

    Amy Busse
    September 8, 2017
    Free Fall Things to Do with Kids of All Ages in Grand Rapids

    With the fall season comes the beginning of school, daily routines, and a slight chill in the air. If you’re looking for...

    Sasha Wolff
    September 5, 2017
    Grand Rapids Fall 5Ks and Fun Runs You Won’t Want to Miss

    Fall is almost here which means it’s another great season to partake in some Grand Rapids 5Ks. With a strong running...

    Sasha Wolff
    September 1, 2017
    Grand Rapids' West Side Music Scene

    If you follow the Grand Rapids Music Trail , eventually you'll cross the Grand River and venture to the West Side. This...

    Quinn Mathews
    August 31, 2017
    Street Artists Leave Their Mark at ArtPrize Nine

    Thanks to a new grant program, four artists will take over shipping containers placed around downtown Grand Rapids,...

    Cultured GR
    August 29, 2017