About Grand Rapids

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The Grand City of Michigan's West Coast
 
Grand Rapids is Michigan's second largest city. With more than one million residents in the metro area, it offers all the big-city amenities and excitement you can imagine. Yet it's also a region of abundant natural wonders, where outdoor recreation is a year-round pursuit. And it's all served up with a heaping helping of small-town friendliness, safety and affordability.

Grand Rapids is named after the river that runs through the heart of the city. There are no longer any rapids to be found in the Grand River as it winds its way through downtown – but there are plenty of fishermen casting for trout, salmon and steelhead amidst the vibrant energy of our city streets. (No wonder Field & Stream Magazine named Grand Rapids America's 6th Best Fishing City.)

Downtown is clean, safe and oh-so-walkable – there are more than 75 hotels, restaurants, museums, and sports and entertainment venues within a five-minute walk of each other. Some of Grand Rapids' other unique attractions are less than a ten-minute drive away: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (one of the Midwest's most popular tourist spots); John Ball Zoo (one of the nation's oldest urban zoos); and Woodland Mall and Rivertown Crossings (two of Michigan's largest indoor malls).

Wherever you travel in Grand Rapids, you're never more than six miles away from a body of water – so it's easy to fit in a few hours of fishing, boating and swimming. Biking, hiking and running trails crisscross the region, passing from skyscraper canyons through forests and wetlands. And championship golf courses abound.

As the gateway city to Michigan's West Coast, Grand Rapids is also the perfect home base for exploring the wonders of Lake Michigan: world-class beaches, charming resort villages, fertile farms and some of the most gorgeous sunsets on the face of the Earth.

Only in Grand Rapids can you find such an incredible variety and diversity of things to do, all so close together and easy to get to. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Page last modified June 20, 2011