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Trend-setting Grand Rapids oozes cool. From the contemporary art you’ll spot adorning its downtown streets to its eclectic live music venues, you’ll find no end of cultural offerings. There’s also an urban zoo, beautiful green spaces, and the hands-on Children’s Museum (one of six in Grand Rapids) to keep families entertained.
As well as being Michigan’s second-largest city, Grand Rapids is also known as Beer City. Its many brewpubs make it a fun base to kick back in after a day of exploring – and there’s a great selection of car rentals in Grand Rapids to help you do just that. Orbitz can be your guide to making the right choice.
There are lots of attractions to discover on Grand Rapid’s doorstep. Get out there and visit a few of our favorites.
Drive north to explore these vast forests. Park up and go for a day hike through the woods – you’ll find trails to suit all abilities and energy levels – or enjoy some fishing or kayaking. If you prefer to take in the scenery from the comfort of your rental car, the self-guided Jack Pine Wildlife Viewing Tour is a great chance to spot some of the forest’s residents.
Journey time: Around 1 hour 20 minutes
Distance: Approximately 75 miles
Nestled on the shore of Lake Macatawa, Holland is a pretty beach city famous for its iconic Big Red Lighthouse. The city’s Dutch roots are celebrated with some charming attractions, such as the historic Windmill Island Gardens. Head downtown for craft beers, shopping and restaurants, or relax in Holland State Park, with its gorgeous sandy beaches.
Journey time: Around 35 minutes
Distance: Approximately 30 miles
Take a scenic drive along the shores of Lake Michigan to admire the skyscrapers of buzzing Chicago. For a birds-eye view, take in the city from the panoramic Skydeck of Willis Tower – the second-tallest skyscraper in the US. The Art Institute of Chicago is another highlight, or why not hit the upmarket shops of the Magnificent Mile?
Journey time: Around 2 hours 45 minutes
Distance: Approximately 180 miles