Grand Rapids, MI

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Grand Rapids showing signage and a city
Visit museums, explore beautiful gardens and enjoy outdoor activities in the River City where Midwestern charm meets a thriving Michigan metropolis.

Grand Rapids, located just east of Lake Michigan, is a vibrant city rich with culture and natural beauty. With plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and a variety of museums and galleries, Grand Rapids is the perfect destination for the whole family.

The city straddles the beautiful Grand River and is therefore known as the “River City.” Rent a bicycle and ride along the riverbank or play a round of golf at one of the courses nearby. Drive to Lake Michigan and go swimming, climb dunes or play beach volleyball.

During winter, visit Cannonsburg Ski Area for snowboarding and cross-country skiing or try outdoor ice skating at Richmond Park. Grand Rapids Park and Kent County Park offer miles of trails for skiing and snowshoeing. In summer, these areas are perfect for biking and hiking.

Visit the world-renowned Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The park aims to blend man-made art with nature. Stroll through the tropical conservatory and marvel at Nina Akamu's massive sculpture, The American Horse.

Step back in time at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Explore American culture during the 1970s and discover interactive exhibits such as the mock Oval Office and Cabinet Room.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is home to more than 5,000 artworks. Browse the Renaissance section or marvel at modern masterpieces, such as Richard Diebenkorn’s Ingleside. The museum dates back to 1910 a 2007 redesign has elevated the building to a city icon.

Be sure to visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum, one of the oldest museums in the United States. Learn about the area's native peoples at the Anishinabek: The People of This Place exhibition. Gaze at the stars in the planetarium and ride the vintage carousel outside.

Reach Grand Rapids by flying into the International Airport, which is a 20-minute drive from downtown, or catch the daily Amtrak service from Chicago to Grand Rapids. Whether you are seeking cultural enrichment or outdoor fun, Grand Rapids has much to offer.

Where to stay in Grand Rapids

Best Western Executive Inn & Suites
Best Western Executive Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
2725 Buchanan Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49548
The price is $93 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Grand Rapids. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,005 reviews)
"Nice stay. Staff friendly & accommodating. Price point attractive."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown
3 out of 5
140 Ottawa Ave, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503
The price is $169 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Grand Rapids. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (673 reviews)
"The hotel was very nice and a convenient walk to our venue. I was disappointed however, that our view from the room was the backside of a building."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

Residence Inn by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown
Residence Inn by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown
3 out of 5
40 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503
The price is $194 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Grand Rapids. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (172 reviews)
"The room was one of the best ive been in Grand Rapids"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Grand Rapids Airport
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Grand Rapids Airport
3 out of 5
5430 28th Street Court SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49546
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Grand Rapids. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (186 reviews)
"Had a wonderful stay, room was amazing. Staff was so nice!"

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2022

The Grand Castle Apartments
The Grand Castle Apartments
4 out of 5
2655 Grand Castle Blvd, Grandville, MI, 49418
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Grandville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Millennium Park and RiverTown ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (14 reviews)
"I loved the ambiance most! Unfortunately, working midnights, I was unable to take advantage of the amenities. However, the apartment itself was clean, spacious, and accommodating. My only disappointment was the bed itself. It was hard and very difficult to sleep on. I would have moved to the second ..."

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2022

River House  Near Downtown Grand Rapids
River House Near Downtown Grand Rapids
Comstock Park, MI
Stay at this cottage in Comstock Park. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions LMCU Ballpark and Donald Lamoreaux Park are located nearby. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (74 reviews)
Convenient and peaceful
"This is a conveniently located property on a quiet river stretch. I would call the accommodations comfortable. It felt like a friend had allowed us to stay in a well-worn family cottage for the weekend. Served our purposes."

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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