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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

    These ArtPrize Venues Highlight Artists with Disabilities

    Two large ArtPrize venues are working to bring the stories and talents of artists with disabilities to the forefront...

    Holly Bechiri
    September 19, 2018
    Apple Cider Locations Within a Short Drive of Grand Rapids

    There are two kinds of people who emerge after Labor Day weekend: Those who dread the unofficial end of summer, and...

    Sasha Wolff
    September 18, 2018
    ArtPrize and More Early Fall Festivals

    ArtPrize10 will fill the streets of Grand Rapids from September 19 to October 7, 2018, but there are other incredible...

    Nadira Kharmai
    September 17, 2018
    Drop-in at These Boutique Gyms in Grand Rapids

    For some people, fitness is life. For others, it’s something they do from time to time. Regardless of where you fall,...

    Sasha Wolff
    September 11, 2018
    Locals’ Guide to Breweries with Great Food in Grand Rapids

    Not only does Grand Rapids have a plethora of breweries , but many of these breweries offer tasty meals to pair with...

    Lyndsay Daly
    September 4, 2018
    Beginner’s Guide to Fishing in Grand Rapids

    Anglers of all experience levels can find a great amount of fish in and around the Grand Rapids area no matter what...

    Kirsetin Morello
    September 3, 2018
    Navigating Family Fun Time at Van Andel Arena

    A live event at Van Andel Arena is a guaranteed good time for ticket holders of any age. We’ve rounded up some fun ideas...

    Amy Busse
    August 31, 2018
    Ideas for Where to Wed in Grand Rapids

    Choosing a wedding venue can be one of the toughest parts of wedding planning. Luckily, Grand Rapids is home to a wealth...

    Amy Busse
    August 24, 2018