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Grand-Rapids is Michigan's second largest city, and it lies along the banks of the Grand River between the towns of Muskegon and Lansing. Always on the cutting edge of design, Grand Rapids has a unique history in furniture design and manufacturing. Known as "The Paris of Furniture Design," and "The Furniture City," you can experience the city's esthetic qualities with a Downtown Walking Tour, or a Heritage Hill Driving Tour. Grand Rapids is beautiful anytime of the year with its setting along the riverfront against a backdrop of rolling green hills and woodlands. Aside from the usual river activities such as fishing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing, a nice way to spend a day in Grand Rapids is with a riverboat cruise. Several are offered in the city, including lunch and dinner cruises, and the Star of Saugatuck, which is an authentic sternwheeler paddleboat that offers narrated cruises on the Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan. More than a dozen golf courses are located in and around Grand Rapids, and the Cannonsburg Ski Area is just a short drive away. Other places of interest in the city of Grand Rapids include the John Ball Park Zoo, one of the largest zoos in the state, and Rosa Parks Circle, which is a strikingly beautiful park designed by internationally known artist, Maya Lin. Free outdoor concerts are given in the park in summer, and free ice skate rentals are available in the winter.

Surrounding areas: Rockford, Michigan (12.1 mi), Saranac, Michigan (22.6 mi), Greenville, Michigan (25.4 mi), Gun Lake, Michigan (25.8 mi), Holland, Michigan (26.0 mi), Lake Odessa, Michigan (29.1 mi), Grand Haven, Michigan (29.3 mi)

Grand Rapids Vacation Rentals

Grand Rapids Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Amerihost Inn7625 Caterpillar CtGrand Rapids, MI (616) 827-9900
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel187 Monroe Ave NWGrand Rapids, MI (800) 253-3590
Baymont Inn-grand Rapids/airport2873 Kraft Ave SeGrand Rapids, MI (616) 956-3300
Comfort Inn - Grand Rapids4155 28TH StGrand Rapids, MI (616) 957-2080
Comfort Suites South7644 Caterpillar CourtGrand Rapids, MI (616) 301-2255
Country Inn & Suites2725 Buchanan AveGrand Rapids, MI (616) 246-6612
Country Inn & Suites3251 Deposit Drive NEGrand Rapids, MI (616) 942-7000
Country Inn & Suites5399 28th St Court SEGrand Rapids, MI (616) 977-0909
Courtyard By Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown11 Monroe Ave NWGrand Rapids, MI (616) 242-6000
Crowne Plaza5700 28TH St SeGrand Rapids, MI (616) 957-1770
Days Inn - Grand Rapids310 Pearl St NWGrand Rapids, MI (616) 235-7611
Days Inn4981 28TH St SEGrand Rapids, MI (616) 956-9304
Days Inn5500 28TH St SeGrand Rapids, MI (616) 949-8400
Econo Lodge5175 28TH St SeGrand Rapids, MI (616) 956-6601
Fairfield Inn Grand Rapids3930 Stahl Dr SEGrand Rapids, MI (616) 940-2700
Grand Rapids Hampton Inn North500 Ctr Dr NWGrand Rapids, MI (616) 647-1000
Grand Rapids Howard Johnson Plaza255 - 28TH St SWGrand Rapids, MI (616) 241-6444
Hiilton Grand Rapids4747 28th St SEGrand Rapids, MI (616) 957-0100
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Grand Rapids Airport5401 28th St Ct SEGrand Rapids, MI (616) 940-8100
Holiday Inn Express South6569 Clay Ave SWGrand Rapids, MI (616) 871-0060
Holiday Inn Select3063 Lk Eastbrook BlvdGrand Rapids, MI (616) 285-7600
Homewood Suites By Hilton3920 Stahl Dr SeGrand Rapids, MI (616) 285-7100
Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites2985 Kraft AveGrand Rapids, MI (616) 940-1777
Knights Inn Grand Rapids Airport5175 28th StGrand Rapids, MI (800) 843-5644
Motel 6 - Grand Rapids3524 28TH SeGrand Rapids, MI (616) 957-3511
Quality Inn Grand Rapids North2171holton Court NWGrand Rapids, MI (616) 791-8000
Quality Inn Terrace Club4495 28TH St SeGrand Rapids, MI (616) 956-8080
Ramada Plaza Hotel3333 28th Street SEGrand Rapids, MI (616) 949-9222
Red Roof Inn5131 28TH St SeGrand Rapids, MI (616) 942-0800
Residence Inn By Marriott - Grand Rapids2701 E Beltline SeGrand Rapids, MI (616) 957-8111
Sleep In-grand Rapids Airport4284 29TH St SeGrand Rapids, MI (616) 975-9000
Springhill Suites By Marriott450 Centee DrGrand Rapids, MI (888) 287-9400
Springhill Suites By Marriott-Grand Rapids North450 Center DrGrand Rapids, MI (616) 785-1600
Springhill Suites Grand Rapids Airport Se5250 28th St SEGrand Rapids, MI (616) 464-1130
Staybridge Suites3000 Lk E Brk BlvdGrand Rapids, MI (616) 464-3200
Travelodge Grand Rapids65 28th St SWGrand Rapids, MI (616) 452-1461
Baymont Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Walker2151 Holton CT NWWalker, MI5.2 mi.(616) 735-9595
Super 8 Motel Grand Rapids727 44TH St SWWyoming, MI5.4 mi.(616) 530-8588
Extended Stay America3747 29TH St SEKentwood, MI5.5 mi.(616) 977-6750
Comfort Suites350 Dodge StComstock Park, MI5.9 mi.(616) 785-7899

Grand Rapids Weather & Climate

Lake Michigan dominates southwest Michigan's weather. What is known as "lake effect snow squalls" brings locally heavy snow to northern and western Michigan, with the southwest receiving much less snow than areas further north. Summers tend to be sunny as the cool water of the Lake chills the air near the Earth's surface, producing a stable atmosphere. The Lake also helps modify summer high temperatures, making the northern parts of the state a popular vacation spot. Autumn is too cool for swimming, but is a great time for other outdoor attractions. Although the Upper Peninsula is cooler, the temperature ranges in the far northern and far southern cities do not differ excessively Michigan is on the fringe of the Midwest tornado belt, but sees less of this activity than other parts of the country.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 29°F 15°F 2.03 in. -
February 32°F 17°F 1.54 in. -
March 43°F 25°F 2.59 in. -
April 56°F 36°F 3.48 in. -
May 69°F 46°F 3.35 in. -
June 78°F 55°F 3.67 in. -
July 82°F 60°F 3.56 in. -
August 79°F 59°F 3.78 in. -
September 71°F 51°F 4.28 in. -
October 59°F 40°F 2.80 in. -
November 45°F 31°F 3.35 in. -
December 33°F 21°F 2.70 in. -

Grand Rapids Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gerald R Ford International airport (GRR) located about 8 miles southeast of Grand Rapids, the Muskegon County airport (MKG) located approximately 32 miles northwest of Grand Rapids in Muskegon, Michigan, the W K Kellogg airport (BTL) located roughly 49 miles south of Grand Rapids in Battle Creek, Michigan, and finally the Kalamazoo Battle Creek International airport (AZO) located around 50 miles south of Grand Rapids in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Grand Rapids Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI35.3 mi.
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI56.1 mi.
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI62.9 mi.
Water Parks
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI 
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI35.3 mi.
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI50.4 mi.
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI91.7 mi.
Waterford Oaks County ParkWaterfordMI115.7 mi.
Golf Courses
English Hills Golf CourseGrand RapidsMI 
Golf Club at Thornapple PointeGrand RapidsMI 
Gracewil Country ClubGrand RapidsMI 
Grand Rapids Golf ClubGrand RapidsMI 
Indian Trails Golf CourseGrand RapidsMI 
Lincoln Country ClubGrand RapidsMI 
Thousand Oaks Golf ClubGrand RapidsMI 
Alpine Golf ClubComstock ParkMI4.8 mi.
Scott Lake Country ClubComstock ParkMI4.8 mi.
Meadowlane Golf CourseKentwoodMI7.0 mi.
Wallinwood Springs Golf ClubJenisonMI7.9 mi.
Boulder Creek Golf ClubBelmontMI8.1 mi.
Grand Island Golf RanchBelmontMI8.1 mi.
Byron Hills Golf CourseByron CenterMI9.2 mi.
Sand Creek Golf ClubMarneMI9.5 mi.
Western Greens Country ClubMarneMI9.5 mi.
Ironwood Golf CourseByron CenterMI10.9 mi.
Gleneagle Golf ClubHudsonvilleMI12.0 mi.
Rolling Hills Golf CourseHudsonvilleMI12.0 mi.
Summergreen Golf CourseHudsonvilleMI12.0 mi.
Brae Side Golf Course at Cortland HillsRockfordMI12.1 mi.
North Kent Golf CourseRockfordMI12.1 mi.
Rogue River Golf CourseSpartaMI14.0 mi.
Briarwood Golf ClubCaledoniaMI14.6 mi.
Broadmoor Country ClubCaledoniaMI14.6 mi.
MeadowsAllendaleMI14.8 mi.
Arrowhead Golf ClubCaroMI14.9 mi.
Saskatoon Golf ClubAltoMI16.0 mi.
Tyler Creek Golf ClubAltoMI16.0 mi.
Arrowhead Golf CourseLowellMI16.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI11.5 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI12.1 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI33.7 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI42.9 mi.
Swiss ValleyJonesMI73.5 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI86.6 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI90.2 mi.
Alpine ValleyWhite LakeMI108.2 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI108.7 mi.
State Parks
Grand Haven State ParkMI30.0 mi. 
Holland State ParkMI30.4 mi. 
P J Hoffmaster State ParkMI32.3 mi. 
Saugatuck Dunes State ParkMI32.4 mi. 
Newaygo State ParkMI37.4 mi. 
Muskegon State ParkMI39.0 mi. 
Grand Rapids Art MuseumGrand RapidsMI(Art)
Air Zoo-Aviation History Museum of Kalamazoo(Michigan)KalamazooMI46.4 mi.(Technology)
Kalamazoo Institute of ArtsKalamazooMI46.4 mi.(Art)
Kingman MuseumBattle CreekMI50.4 mi.(Science)
Michigan Historical MuseumLansingMI58.0 mi.(History)
Impress 5 Science CenterLansingMI58.0 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI50.4 mi.
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI58.0 mi.
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN93.3 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI108.8 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI113.7 mi.

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