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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

    Local’s Guide to Weekend Brunch in Grand Rapids

    Widely recognized for its exceptional food, Grand Rapids is a true foodie destination. Restaurants across the city offer...

    Allison Arnold
    March 21, 2019
    Independent Bookstores in Grand Rapids

    Whether you enjoy reading the newest bestsellers, comic books, or old classics, Grand Rapids has a bookstore for you....

    Brian Craig
    March 20, 2019
    Breweries that Built Beer City: HopCat

    Now with almost 20 locations throughout the midwest, HopCat started out in downtown Grand Rapids more than a decade ago...

    Pat Evans
    March 15, 2019
    Artful Spring Break Ideas for the Whole Family

    Spring break is the perfect time to find an art experience in Grand Rapids that will enrich your family’s lives, from...

    Holly Bechiri
    March 14, 2019
    Breweries that Built Beer City: Schmohz Brewing Company

    Voted Best Beer Town , Best Beer Scene , and Beer City, USA , the Grand Rapids area is surrounded by more than 80...

    Pat Evans
    March 11, 2019
    Experience Non-stop Laughs With Grand Rapids' Comedy Scene

    Sometimes the weight of life calls for a healthy dose of the best medicine out there: laughter. If you’re on the prowl...

    Experience GR Team
    March 4, 2019
    Cannonsburg Ski Area: Ski Lessons, Snowboarding, Tubing, & More

    As winter sets in, so does cabin fever. Thankfully, there are plenty of outdoor recreational activities available after...

    Kirsetin Morello
    March 1, 2019
    Beer City Eats: Interview With Host Adrian Butler

    While there’s no shortage of opportunities to enjoy craft beer in Grand Rapids any time of the year, Beer Month GR ,...

    Jason Ley
    February 27, 2019