The Midwest is calling: You're guaranteed to have a grand old time in Grand Rapids.
A few years ago I convinced a friend that it would be beneficial (it was not) to travel from Ann Arbor to the west side of Michigan for an expo related to our work. But one of the highlights of the trip came when we were just beginning to approach Grand Rapids: She exclaimed, “WOW! It’s like a real city!” I gave her a lot of grief at the time (okay, I still do) for that comment—after all, she's lived in Michigan since she was 7 years old.
In fairness to her, Grand Rapids is one of those cities—even though it’s the second-largest city in Michigan, it’s still a sleeper hit. It’s always been a great (grand?) city, but it has been consistently getting cooler and cooler over the past couple of decades, and now it’s an all-around awesome place to visit. Luckily, now you’re all in the know: It’s time to visit Grand Rapids. Here are 17 of my favorite spots to visit (and I can’t wait to hear what yours are!):
Did you know that in the U.S., Michigan is second only to California in terms of agricultural diversity? AND, that West Michigan produces over three-quarters of all crops harvested in the state? Needless to say, farm-to-table restaurants abound in Grand Rapids.
Back in 1945, Grand Rapids was known for being the first U.S. city to add fluoride to its drinking water; these days it's better known for beer. There are more breweries in the area than you'll be able to visit in one trip—which just means you'll need to plan another trip!
Where do you love to go in Grand Rapids? Leave your suggestions for us in the comments!
Whether you're in the mood for some soup-simmering, leaf-peeping, or nothing at all, your dream weekend awaits...View Guide