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HollandUnited States of America

This city is named after a region on another continent, but you’ll find similarities. See why these two areas are so closely tied.

Holland, Michigan is located near Lake Michigan almost directly between Chicago and Detroit, but despite the American dominance you’ll find a large contingent of citizens with Dutch heritage who make their ancestry clearly obvious.

Every spring, the European country is renowned for its annual tulip festival, and the American namesake provides its own popular celebration in May. Visit the U.S. city that has millions of tulips visible practically everywhere you look during the flowering season.

Tulips are only one similarity to the city’s Dutch roots. Observe downtown buildings that have a noticeable Dutch architectural influence and menus often have dishes that would make any European counterpart feel at home. Choose from a variety of restaurants in Holland that feature international cuisine to suit almost every taste.

Windmills are iconic to the Netherlands, and naturally you’ll find one in Holland, Michigan. It’s surrounded by tulips in Windmill Island Gardens on Lincoln Avenue. Go inside DeZwaan Windmill, which is the only authentic working one in the United States and look over 36 acres (15 hectares) of gardens, dikes and canals while reminding yourself which country you’re in.

Fulfill any desire for tulips by also visiting Veldheer Tulip Gardens on Quincy Street.

Visit a full-scale Netherland’s theme village at Nelis’ Dutch Village on James Street with its costumed guides, national dancing events and Amsterdam street organ music. A large wooden shoe slide is a magnet for kids, as is riding on tracked vehicles and feeding farm animals.

Get your swimsuit and towel and walk under a sand dune through a tunnel that comes out on a beach by Lake Michigan. As well as wonderful watery views, Tunnel Park has a children’s playground, picnic areas, a dune climb and stairway.

Nearby on lakes Macatawa and Michigan is Holland State Park with its impressive boardwalk and Big Red Lighthouse, the most photographed lighthouse in the state.

Visit Holland where “going Dutch” takes on an entirely new meaning. Regardless of the time of year, Holland and vicinity has a way of making everyone feel a little Dutch.

Where to stay in Holland

A photo taken at the top of a sand dune while the sun was setting behind a fence #culture

Holland Historic District

While there might not be top attractions in Holland Historic District, you can explore the larger area and discover places like New Holland Brewing and Knickerbocker Theatre.

Holland Historic District
Mt. Pisgah Dune Boardwalk featuring a park and forests

Ottawa Beach

While visiting Ottawa Beach, you might make a stop by sights like Holland State Park and Mt. Pisgah Dune Boardwalk.

Ottawa Beach

Top Hotels in Holland

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DoubleTree by Hilton Holland
DoubleTree by Hilton Holland
3 out of 5
650 E 24th St, Holland, MI
The price is $104 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Van Raalte Farm and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Hope College. DePree Art Center and Gallery and ...

3.9/5Good! (736 reviews)

"Older hotel but well maintained. Good location."…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Holland
Hampton Inn Holland
Hampton Inn Holland
2.5 out of 5
12427 Felch St, Holland, MI
The price is $119 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Dutch Village, Sundae Sundae Golf Golf, and Coppercraft Distillery. Veldheer Tulip Gardens ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (950 reviews)

"Excellent hotel for families, very clean and well kept. It’s also just been recently remodeled. They got hot breakfast cafeteria style, indoor and outdoor pool, small restaurant and bar. Very clean rooms, nice bedding, mattresses are more on the firm side. Hampton Inn is a great chain, and this hotel ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Hampton Inn Holland
CityFlatsHotel - Holland
CityFlatsHotel - Holland
3.5 out of 5
61 East 7th street, Holland, MI
The price is $153 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Located in the heart of Holland, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of New Holland Brewing and Hope College. Knickerbocker Theatre and Holland Area ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (585 reviews)

"Stayed in the deluxe king room and I was very pleased with the size of room and amenities."…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2020

CityFlatsHotel - Holland

Vacation Rentals in Holland

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Staybridge Suites Holland
Staybridge Suites Holland
3 out of 5
12170 JAMES STREET, Holland, MI
The price is $125 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Dutch Village and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Hope College. Coppercraft Distillery and Sundae Sundae ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (39 reviews)

"Nice place - definitely recommend to others. The room was clean, A/C worked, staff was friendly. I will remember this hotel for the next time."…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

Staybridge Suites Holland
Lake Trail Treehouse
Lake Trail Treehouse
3.5 out of 5
3247 Lake Trail Drive, Saugatuck, MI

Situated in a rural location, this spa cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Silver Lake and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Oval Beach. Kalamazoo Lake and Roan and Black Contemporary ...

Lake Trail Treehouse
Goshorn Lake Cottages
Goshorn Lake Cottages
3 out of 5
3581 65TH STREET, Saugatuck, MI

Nestled on the beach, this Saugatuck cottage is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Clearbrook Golf Club and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Oval Beach. Saugatuck Dunes State Park and Roan ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)

"We had a wonderful time. Enjoyed our stay in the little cabin. Beautiful area."…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

Goshorn Lake Cottages

Popular places to visit in Holland

Oval Beach
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Oval Beach

4.5/5(103 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Oval Beach, a popular beach in Saugatuck. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the area's sunsets.

Holland State Park
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Holland State Park

4.5/5(194 reviews)

Two beaches on separate lakes is a nice feature of this park. Choose the beach that might have waves, or the other which is more serene: it depends on the wind.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park
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Saugatuck Dunes State Park

4.5/5(109 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Saugatuck Dunes State Park, a lovely green space in Holland. Wander the beautiful beaches in this relaxing area.

Dutch Village
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Dutch Village

4.5/5(162 reviews)

You don’t have to be Dutch to go here, but when you leave this village you might feel a connection. There’s something for the whole family to choose from.

Windmill Island
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Windmill Island

4/5(2 reviews)

For those wanting to visit the Netherlands, this is a close facsimile without going to that country. Visit this American attraction for a taste of Dutch heritage.

Kirk Park
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Kirk Park

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Kirk Park, a lovely green space in West Olive. Wander the lakeside and beautiful beaches in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Holland

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Michigan
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Michigan

$10
Per adult
Raise A Glass Wine Tours - Private Dinner Tour
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Raise A Glass Wine Tours - Private Dinner Tour

$148
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Michigan
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Michigan

$10
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Michigan
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Michigan

$10
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Michigan
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Michigan

$10
Per adult
Motherland Cooking Xperience
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Motherland Cooking Xperience

$90
Per adult

Reviews of Holland

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 57.40365111561866%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.71399594320487%
3 - Okay
24
3 - Okay 4.8681541582150105%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.6085192697768763%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.4056795131845842%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

I live in Holland.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

The town was cute and very inviting!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 7, 2020

We didn't have much experience with the town...just visited family at their home in West Olive. Lake Michigan is fabulous. The area from Grand Rapids to Holland is neat and clean with roads in good repair.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 5, 2020

Tried some new restaurants and the new Sperry movie house, loved it!

5/5 - Excellent

MARY

Feb 1, 2020

If you are a craft beer afficiando, downtown Holland is a perfect overnight stop

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

Really quiet place. I would live there if I could.

Cities near Holland

Kalamazoo showing wildflowers and a small town or village

Kalamazoo

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Grand Haven

Mt. Pisgah Dune Boardwalk featuring a park and forests

Macatawa