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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.
    Heartside
    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.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Getting to Grand Rapids

    Grand Rapids is both accessible and convenient for meeting attendees. Our Gerald R. Ford International Airport was ranked #1 in North America (by size) in 2015 – and it’s gotten even better since then, adding new carriers and undergoing a $45 million transformation.

    Lines are short – visitors pass through security in less than five minutes, on average – and hospitality is abundant. In addition to a Visitor Information Center and roaming Certified Tourism Ambassadors, planners can arrange for Experience Grand Rapids staff to greet attendees coming off their planes.

    Carriers:

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    Allegiant Air

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    American Airlines

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    Delta Air Lines

    Delta Air Lines' meeting, convention and incentive travel programs offer products and services to...

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    Frontier Airlines

    • Neighborhood: Southeast
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    Southwest Airlines

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    United Airlines

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    120+ Daily Nonstop Flights To/From:

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    Atlanta
    Baltimore-Washington
    Charlotte
    Chicago-O’Hare
    Chicago Midway
    Dallas-Fort Worth
    Denver
    Detroit
    Fort Lauderdale
    Fort Myers
    Houston
    Las Vegas
    Minneapolis-St. Paul
    New York-LaGuardia
    New York-Newark
    Orlando International
    Orlando-Sanford
    Philadelphia
    Phoenix-Mesa
    Punta Gorda
    St. Petersburg-Clearwater International
    Tampa International
    Washington-Dulles
    Washington-Reagan National

    Driving to Grand Rapids

    Driving here is also easy – Grand Rapids is located approximately half way between Chicago and Detroit. The city is situated at the intersection of two major expressways and located within a day’s drive of half the U.S. population.

    Getting Around Grand Rapids

    Once attendees get here, it’s a cinch to get around. Twenty-plus taxi, limo and car rental services provide options for every preference. Our award-winning Rapid Public Transportation System offers free downtown bus and shuttle rides. Ride-sharing choices include Uber, Lyft, Runabouts, and SteadyFare.