One of America’s Super Cool Cities
Expedia ranked Grand Rapids one of America’s Super Cool Cities on the strength of this midsize metropolis’ culture, accessibility and friendliness.
Food, beer, art, music and outdoor recreation are cornerstones of the city’s cultural life. Home to one of the world’s prime agricultural regions and one of America’s best culinary schools, Grand Rapids has been named Michigan’s Best Food City. The Downtown Market celebrates the art of local food and drink, with 20+ artisan vendors, restaurants, cooking classes and events that highlight the city’s earth-to-table mastery. The Market and scores of local restaurants source ingredients from nearby family farms, which also supply area breweries, cideries and distilleries. Nationwide polls have designated Grand Rapids “Beer City USA,” “Best Beer Town” and “Best Beer Scene” – and visitors can commemorate their trip with a Beer City Brewsader® t-shirt earned by checking in to eight of the 80+ breweries on the Beer City Ale Trail.
The city offers endless opportunities for creative exploration, from three distinctive art museums and numerous public art installations to ArtPrize – the world’s largest art competition, held every other autumn. Visitors can purchase an online Culture Pass for reduced admission and discounts to Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and many other cultural attractions.
Music-lovers can choose from a wide range of live-music venues – many of them downtown, where 200+ entertainment venues, restaurants and museums are located within a 10-minute walk of hotels.
Endless outdoor recreation options include hiking, biking, swimming, golfing and boating – all as close as five minutes from the city center. Grand Rapids is also just 30 minutes away from the sugar-sand beaches, towering sand dunes and spectacular sunsets of Lake Michigan.