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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.
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    Downtown and River

    Choose Your Interest

    Enjoy art? Thirsty for knowledge? Focused on family? Explore the links below to find great ideas for a Grand Rapids trip based on these and 14 other interest profiles. It’s an easy way to organize your visit around the things you love!

    Art Enthusiast

    You love art in all its forms and are always open to expressions of creative energy, whether it’s in a museum gallery or on a corner sidewalk.…

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    Chic Shopper

    There are few things you love more than browsing shops, boutiques and malls – unless it’s finding a great deal on a must-have item!…

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    Beer Lover

    You’re caught up in the authenticity, excitement and camaraderie of the craft beer community. Or you just love great-tasting beer!…

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    Eco Friendly

    You live a green lifestyle and you want your travel experiences to reflect your eco-friendly values as much as possible.…

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    Family Fun

    Family is at the center of everything you do – and you’re looking for events, activities and experiences that appeal to all ages…

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    Fresh Foodie

    The origin of your food is just as important to you as the way it tastes – you want local, fresh, healthy and sustainable choices!…

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    Health Nut

    You’re all about maintaining your peak fitness by engaging in regular physical activity and fueling your body with healthy, nutritious foods.…

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    History Buff

    You’re interested in the struggles and triumphs of the people who came before you – and what you can learn from the artifacts they left behind.…

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    Knowledge Chaser

    You’re a Jeopardy contestant in the making – eager to learn, explore and discover new facts and insights about all manner of subjects.…

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    Local Gems

    You want to experience travel destinations like a native – so you want to know where all the locals shop, dine and hang out.…

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    Outdoor Explorer

    You can’t resist the call of the wild – and you’re ready to run, bike, paddle, swim, fish and golf your way around West Michigan.…

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    Performance Patron

    You’re passionate about the power of performing arts – dance, music, opera, theatre, comedy and more – to lift, challenge and inspire you.…

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    Sports Fan

    You can’t get enough of the anything-can-happen drama of athletic competition – and you ‘re always pumped to cheer your favorites on to victory.…

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    Thrill Seeker

    You live life to the fullest, always on the lookout for something to get your heart pumping and adrenaline racing.…

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    Treasure Hunter

    It’s all about the chase for you – wandering through one-of-a-kind stores and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods to find unexpected delights. My List (0)…

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    Wine Lover

    You know your way around a wine list – and you’re thirsty to explore the unique character and spirit of West Michigan wines.…

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