Hailed as the second-biggest city in Michigan, and the largest city in West Michigan, Grand Rapids which is situated on the Grand River about 30 miles east of Lake Michigan. has a city population of 188,040 according to the 2010 census.
The foundation of Grand Rapids took place somewhere around 1872, but the city did not become incorporated until 1891. Then, the economy began to rise, which led to the development of Grand Rapids. Nicknamed the “furniture city” because of the fine furniture manufactured in the city during the last half of the 19th century Grand Rapids is still well known for building office furniture. Even if you aren't looking for furniture, there is still a great many things of interest in Grand Rapids.
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Drive your way to Grand Rapids and you'll love it
Now you can get a taste of the creative energy of Grand Rapids, as well as its extraordinary art and culture, world-class dining and vibrant nightlife, and happy community spirit in your reliable rental car made possible by VroomVrooVroom. Stroll Grand Rapids walkable downtown flocked with numerous top attractions, theaters and museums, restaurants and clubs.
When in Grand Rapids, it's safe to say that it is overflowing with lots of special events daily - from festivals recognizing everything from food to art to comedy to automobiles down to amazing live concerts, which headlines famous top touring acts and the admirable local talent.
One reason to visit this wonderful city is because of the "Ghosts of Grand Rapids" Walking Tour, situated at 101 Fulton St in the Veteran's Memorial Park, where you will come to know the haunted history of the buildings you pass daily.
Come out and play at The Fifth Third Riverbank Run, deemed as America's biggest 25K road race, attracting over 21,000 participants from different parts of the world. Or if you ever have a change of heart and you just decide you want to play golf, don't fret because there are 28 public golf courses available that is within 15 minutes of downtown.
Grand Rapids is also known as "Bicycle-Friendly Community" and the "Best Town for Mountain Biking" so you may want to pedal your way around streets while you visit other famous attractions Great Rapids has to offer.
Food enthusiasts can visit Stella's Lounge, located at 53 Commerce Ave. known as the hub of America's Best Burger. Or you can also stop by at Cottage Bar located at 18 LaGrave Ave. SE, so you can really compare, once and for all, which of the two offers the best burger in Michigan.
Do you love coffee? Desserts? Drive your way to MadCap Coffee for the best tea. The Cornmeal Financier Cake at Grove is to die for and guaranteed to thrill your taste buds having voted as America's "101 most crazy-awesome new desserts".
Top Attractions within Grand Rapids
The Forest History Center is a great educational institution, where you will find everything you need to know about the history, culture and traditions of the place. You may be surprised with the people here, as they are dressed in traditional costumes, which date more than 100 years back. Their purpose is to take you back in time, to relive history and see how did people live when Grand Rapids was founded.
The Children's Discovery Museum is the place dedicated for children who want to learn interesting things. There are many exhibits here, including a lovely doll collection, which girls will particularly love.
July Harland's Birthplace will present you with every detail about her life, including all kind of memorabilia, artifacts and pictures. This fascinating place is also home to the actual carriage from the Emerald City, in the Wizard of Oz. You definitely must see it!