3 Reasons to Visit Grand Rapids

If you find yourself in the Midwest with nothing to do, why not take a trip to beautiful Michigan and visit one of its most vibrant cities? Grand Rapids is an exciting, attractive place to visit (and it was recently ranked #1 on Forbes’ list of Best Cities for Raising a Family). There’s something for all ages within this Great Lakes gem (and it’s also just a short drive away from the beautiful sandy shores of Lake Michigan!). Here are several “reasons” to visit this amazing city that hundreds of thousands of people call home.

  1. Beer City USA: Grand Rapids was awarded the title of “Beer City USA” in both 2012 and 2013 after winning the annual poll of the same name. The city takes pride in its multiple breweries, featuring such famous names as Founders and Perrin Brewing Co., as well as smaller local breweries and beer pubs. These establishments come in all shapes and sizes and include various food offerings. Harmony Brewing Co. boasts a selection of unique pizzas, Founders has a huge variety of sandwiches, and HopCat offers a full menu of delicious appetizers and entrees. No matter what you’re looking for in a brewery, you’ll be able to find it in Beer City USA.
  2. Events and nightlife: From clubbing to sporting events and museums to concerts, Grand Rapids has it all. The bar and club scene is unrivaled by any city in the area. The full-service Van Andel Arena welcomes talented performers from all over the world for arena-sized concerts, as well as regularly hosting games for the Grand Rapids Griffins, the city’s professional ice hockey team. A handful of venues around the city welcome major artists for smaller concerts – try The Intersection or the outdoor amphitheater at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Grand Rapids hosts an annual art competition known as ArtPrize, which displays works of art all over the downtown area for several weeks each fall.
  3. Arts and culture: There are several museums in the downtown area: the Van Andel Public Museum (educational on topics from A to Z), the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum (very fun!), the Grand Rapids Art Museum (featuring both modern and traditional artwork), and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum (great for political buffs), to name a few. And although it’s not a museum, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is worth noting as well: This 125-acre landmark includes botanical gardens, indoor and outdoor sculptures, a children’s discovery garden, an outdoor amphitheater and summer concert series, and the largest annual temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation.

This post was written by a guest contributor for America by Rail, provider of train tours throughout North America and Europe.


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