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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

    City Built Brewing Company Opens in Downtown Grand Rapids

    For those Ultimate Beer City Brewsaders ® who have been anxiously waiting to conquer every brewery listed in their...

    Jason Ley
    June 28, 2017
    Grand Rapids’ Must-Try Food Trucks

    Food trucks have been changing the foodie scene in West Michigan since the early 2000s. The experience is unique:...

    Lyndsay Daly
    June 23, 2017
    Take the Black History Tour of Downtown Grand Rapids

    To commemorate 2017 Black History Month, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. , (DGRI) asked locals to share their stories and...

    Experience GR Team
    June 20, 2017
    Restaurant Week GR 2017 Returns with a New Twist

    Mark your calendar and get ready to make your plans because Restaurant Week GR 2017 is only a couple of months away!...

    Kirsetin Morello
    June 19, 2017
    Embrace Your Inner Yogi with These 5 Grand Rapids Yoga Studios

    When a person thinks of yoga, they often think of difficult poses, mats on the floor, and lots of meditation and...

    Sasha Wolff
    June 15, 2017
    Local Films and Filmmakers Shine at Eclipse Awards

    Grand Rapids has an overwhelmingly talented and robust filmmaking community. Plenty of talented filmmakers emerge from...

    Jen Shaneberger
    June 14, 2017
    Free, Family Fun for Summer in Grand Rapids

    Summer is a fantastic time to get out and discover new things to do in our fair city of Grand Rapids. While exploring...

    Amy Busse
    June 8, 2017
    Splash Around with Five Fun Water Activities in Grand Rapids

    Summer is here, which means it’s time to hit the water. Luckily, you don’t have to go far for water fun if you’re in...

    Sasha Wolff
    June 6, 2017