Grand Rapids, MI

Travel Guide
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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

Baymont by Wyndham Grand Rapids Airport
Baymont by Wyndham Grand Rapids Airport
2.5 out of 5
2873 Kraft Ave Se, Grand Rapids, MI
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $81 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from MSA Fieldhouse and within 3 mi (5 km) of Patterson Ice Center and Centerpointe Mall. Watermark ...
3.6/5Good! (974 reviews)
"I loved my room it was really clean and the room looked exactly like the picture."

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Baymont by Wyndham Grand Rapids Airport
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown
3 out of 5
140 Ottawa Ave, Grand Rapids, MI
Fully refundable
The price is $176 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Downtown Grand Rapids, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Art Museum and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public Museum ...
4.3/5Excellent! (320 reviews)
"The only thing that was not perfect was that one elevator was not working and then there are only 2 it was very slow moving!"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown
Baymont by Wyndham Grand Rapids SW/Byron Center
Baymont by Wyndham Grand Rapids SW/Byron Center
3 out of 5
8282 Pfeiffer Farms Drive, Byron Center, MI
The price is $84 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
Situated in Byron Center, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Tanger Factory Outlet Center and within 12 mi (20 km) of RiverTown Crossings Mall and Downtown Market. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (954 reviews)
"I like the fact it has a restaurant right with the hotel"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

Baymont by Wyndham Grand Rapids SW/Byron Center
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.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids
Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids
3 out of 5
3920 Stahl Dr Se, Grand Rapids, MI
The price is $118 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Located in East Beltline, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Centerpointe Mall and Woodland Mall. Patterson Ice Center and Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve ...
4/5Very Good! (480 reviews)
"Good clean and quiet"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids
Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown
3 out of 5
161 Ottawa Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids, MI
The price is $152 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in Downtown Grand Rapids, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Art Museum and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)
"Great hotel!! Great location, great rooms, friendly people! The breakfast was awesome!"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown
Home2 Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids North
Home2 Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids North
2.5 out of 5
330 RIVER RIDGE DR NW, Grand Rapids, MI
The price is $135 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Located in Alpine Center, this aparthotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Public Museum of Grand Rapids ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (117 reviews)
"It's a nice place to stay, good value."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids North
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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