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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

    Run Through History with Grand Rapids Running Tours

    Regardless of what city you live in, it’s easy to overlook the familiar parts of it while traveling the same roads and...

    Sasha Wolff
    July 21, 2017
    Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2017 Goes out to Lunch

    Restaurant Week GR gives diners a chance to explore local cuisine with unique and tasty choices at great prices on...

    Amy Busse
    July 19, 2017
    Make the Most of Grand Rapids During the 2017 State Games of America

    Grand Rapids is thrilled to welcome athletes, enthusiasts, and families to the 2017 State Games of America ! For the...

    Lyndsay Daly
    July 13, 2017
    ArtPrize Pitch Night Winners Bring Big, Bold Designs to Grand Rapids

    The world’s largest art competition is mixing things up again with an incredible shift in how the public votes and an...

    Cultured GR
    July 11, 2017
    The Grand Rapids Outdoor Summer Music Guide

    Winter hibernation is finally over and the best time of year has arrived for Michiganders. The hot weather pulls kids...

    Quinn Mathews
    July 7, 2017
    Locals’ Guide to Ice Cream Shops in Grand Rapids

    Has there ever been a more perfect pair than summer and ice cream? During the hot summer months, your sweet tooth will...

    Experience GR Team
    July 5, 2017
    10 Tips for Exploring ArtPrize with Kids

    There is no age limit when it comes to art, which is why ArtPrize , Grand Rapids’ international art competition, is the...

    Nichole Kladder
    July 3, 2017
    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