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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

    Exploring Craft Distilleries In and Around Grand Rapids

    Grand Rapids is home to numerous distilleries that are focused on producing high-quality distilled liquor blended with...

    Amy Busse
    November 8, 2018
    Meet Grand Rapids Ballet’s New Artistic Director

    There’s possibly no greater cultural tradition for the holidays than seeing The Nutcracker with a talented ballet...

    Holly Bechiri
    November 7, 2018
    Toast to Local Spirits with Cocktail Week GR

    Cheers to the fourth annual Cocktail Week GR! Over 35 restaurants, bars, and distilleries are putting their creativity...

    Amy Busse
    November 2, 2018
    Cocktail Bars of Grand Rapids

    Thanks to the availability of high quality craft spirits from local and global sources, the cocktail craze is booming --...

    Amy Busse
    October 29, 2018
    A Local Singer Takes Center Stage at Opera Grand Rapids

    Opera Grand Rapids Artistic Director, Maestro James Meena , is bringing international opera stars to the local opera...

    Holly Bechiri
    October 25, 2018
    Grand RAPPids: Apps to Help Make Your Visit Awesome

    “Where should I eat?” “What’s fun to do in Grand Rapids?” “Where do I park?” These questions don’t need to weigh you...

    Experience GR Team
    October 19, 2018
    GR-Area Craft Beverage Stops to Make this Fall

    It’s hard to beat a glorious fall day in Michigan. Michigan’s well-defined four seasons are among the top reasons to...

    Pat Evans
    October 18, 2018
    Historic Cemeteries of Grand Rapids

    Grand Rapids’ historical cemetery system is a hidden gem of culture, landscape, and architecture. A cemetery may sound...

    Nadira Kharmai
    October 11, 2018