Life In Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, Michigan, is an exciting place. It is one of the top 50 places to live and play according to National Geographic Magazine. And Forbes called it the best city for raising a family, while Lonely Planet named it a top vacation destination.
“Grand Rapids has music venues featuring the biggest names and restaurants that become instant favorites. And if you like the outdoors, it’s all here, less than 45 minutes away.”Andrew Johnson Iowa City, Iowa
Grand Rapids offers a great combination of big city excitement and small town warmth. You will find countless restaurants, outstanding museums, and ArtPrize, the world’s largest art competition. Plus a variety of world-class entertainment in theaters, the symphony, ballet and opera, professional sports, and comedy clubs. All within a vibrantly clean, safe, and walkable downtown. You will also find small town charm in farmer’s markets, coffeehouses, and quaint shopping districts.
Just 30 miles from Grand Rapids, you will find Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast, which, according to Lonely Planet, is perhaps the USA’s most unexpected beach getaway. Along miles of endless beaches lie sugar-white sand dunes. Off the beach, you’ll find wineries, U-pick orchards and berry farms, antique shops, and cider houses.
In West Michigan’s nature wonderland, you can fly-fish for trout or salmon in nearby world-class fly-fishing rivers. Go hiking on one of the hundreds of trails in the Manistee National Forest. Snowboard or downhill and cross-country ski, all within one hour’s drive.
Big city, small town, nature’s wonderland. Welcome to Grand Rapids!