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About Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is located along the Grand River in the western part of the state, and is less than half an hour’s drive to Lake Michigan. The area was inhabited for thousands of years by various Native American peoples prior to European settlement at the end of the 18th century. Fur traders and missionaries arrived and established small businesses and homesteads. In 1826, Louis Campau, a businessman born in Detroit, ventured to the area building a cabin, blacksmith shop and trading post. Campau purchased acreage from the government in what is now known as part of the downtown area and named the budding city Grand Rapids.

The growing metropolis became a mighty lumbering center and furniture manufacturer. The furniture industry lasted until the 1960’s, but now the region is known for office furnishings. By 1901, the city had developed an auto industry with the construction of the Austin Automobile Company, which remained open until 1921. In 1926, Grand Rapids was one of the few cities to have a passenger servicing airline and in 1945, became the first city in the US to fluoridate drinking water.

There are numerous places to visit and activities in which to participate all year round. Being situated on the river and close to one of the Great Lakes, boating, fishing, swimming and other water sports are plentiful summertime fare. Ice skating, skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling are popular winter recreations. The area contains miles of trails for walking, biking and hiking in parks and forested preserves.

Walking tours of the Heritage Hills Historic District take visitors to the oldest neighborhood in the city. Over 1000 majestic homes dating back to 1848 were constructed and the area boasts over 60 types of architectural design. Historic estates range from Queen Anne Victorian to the Meyer May House, which was designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The downtown district contains a multitude of entertainment venues, museums, restaurants and stores. The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has paths encompassing acres of botanical gardens and exhibiting more than 100 sculptures constructed in various materials. The park displays include a Victorian garden, an English garden and a unique carnivorous plant exhibit. Sculptures by famous artists include Degas and Rodin.

Local restaurants are extremely diverse ranging from the oriental cuisine of the Chinese, Japanese and Thai, to the European tastes of the Irish and Italian, to the spicy dishes of Mexico and Morocco. Downtown Grand Rapids also has a wide array of entertainment options with many indoor and outdoor concert venues. Visitors can choose live performances from nightclubs to opera or ballet.

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Packages

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rental cars

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Shopping

Shopping

Whether you're in the mood to browse through a mall or spend some time in a boutique, Grand Rapids has the place for you!

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Dining

Dining

From American cuisine to international menus, Grand Rapids plays host to a diverse group of dining venues.

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Attractions

Attractions

Local attractions in Grand Rapids include historic landmarks, festivals, events, and performances.

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Transportation

Getting Around

Travelers can rent a car or use public transportation. Grand Rapids has many options for your traveling needs.

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