About Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan with a population of 200,000 and one of the principle cities of West Michigan.  It is located on the banks of the Grand River that winds it way through downtown where their was once a set of rapids giving it the name Grand Rapids.  It is the gateway to Michigan's West Coast, only 30 miles east of Lake Michigan and the lakeshore communities of Holland, Muskegon, and Grand Haven.  Grand Rapids is a remarkable combination of urban sophistication and small town warmth, known for its philanthropic and sustainable driven community.  It's a region of abundant natural resources, unique wonders of Lake Michigan and where outdoor recreation is a year round pursuit.  Grand Rapids offers all the big-city excitement you'd expect from a million resident metropolis, featuring  restaurants and nightspots, a state of art convention center, shopping, theatres, museums, zoo, parks, and sports venues.

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Grand Rapids, beautiful by night and day

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The luxurious Ramada Plaza

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The world famous Frederick Meijer Sculpture Gardens

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John Ball Zoo

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Lake Michigan, naturally unsalted and shark-free

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Dutch Village in Holland, Michigan (45 min from Grand Rapids)