Grand Rapids is a great place to live, work, play—and visit! Grand Rapids and the Lake Michigan shoreline have recently been named by the Lonely Planet as the Number 1 U.S. travel destinations for 2014. We’re home of Beer City USA, host of ArtPrize, and a top city for building a business, starting a career, buying a house or raising a family—oh, yeah, and we’re happy! Just ask Forbes, Newsweek, CNN and a myriad of others who are taking note of how great Grand Rapids really is… then check out our partners and community organizations for more stats, figures, details, and to do’s.
Travel, Conventions & Hospitality
Looking for something to do? A place to stay or a bite to eat? Planning a conference? Get the insider’s scoop on Grand Rapids with our friends at Experience Grand Rapids. Tons of hot tips are listed on their website from ample art to farm fresh food to live music and more. And don’t forget your 2014 Visitor’s Guide featuring 72 colorful pages of don’t-leave-home-without-it information on attractions, activities, lodging and more. Oh, and they have an interactive map of Grand Rapids pin-pointing all the happenin’ places.
And while you’re at it, why not grab some Grand Rapids gear? Whether you’re a visitor or a local Grand Rapidian, Experience Grand Rapids in collaboration with have made it easy to purchase all your Grand Rapids apparel and gifts online. Just visit GrandRapidsStore.com! The store sells Beer City USA, ArtPrize, Laughfest and GR&® (pronounced grand) brand apparel and items. GR fans, this is your one-stop-shop for T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, stickers, key rings, and much more!
The economic development experts at The Right Place, Inc. know that companies from around the world are choosing West Michigan not only for its proximity to major markets and affordable commercial space, but also for its highly-qualified workforce. A combination of outstanding jobs, award-winning schools and educational opportunities, health care, and affordable housing are just a few of the reasons why West Michigan attracts young professionals and seasoned talent alike. Find more quick stats on the region from the cost of doing business to low cost of living and more at their website.
Downtown Grand Rapids is an exciting place to be—serving as West Michigan’s hub for conventions, major events and concerts, and important gatherings both large and small. The folks at Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. are buzzing with the latest events, coolest cultural spots, hippest emporiums to shop and eat, and awesome living spaces—plus, handy maps for parking, biking, and hiking—all aimed at connecting you to our amazing city center and its thriving business environment, vibrant nightlife, many cultural attractions, and a growing residential community.