|Destination Airport IATA Code||GRR|
|Destination City Name||Grand Rapids|
The second largest city in Michigan, Grand Rapids sits on the banks of the Grand River. As well as a good choice of outdoor attractions, the city is home to some excellent galleries and museums, a good choice of restaurants and a thriving craft beer scene.
One of the best times to book flights to Grand Rapids is early-June. At this time of year, the city hosts its Festival of Arts and the downtown area comes alive with exhibitions, activities and events. What’s more, as the summer heat is yet to really kick in, you’ll be able to explore the city in comfort.
With the shores of Lake Michigan just 30 minutes from the city center, summer is also a great time to fly to Grand Rapids. Beautiful beaches dot the lake giving you plenty of opportunities to relax, unwind and cool off. In the city itself, you’ll find a great choice of parks and other outdoor areas that are perfect for exploring on warm summer days.
Fall in Grand Rapids is an especially beautiful season. The city’s trees put on a colorful show and the city’s parks and gardens look spectacular. Although the weather can become a little chilly at this time of year, cheap flights to Grand Rapids should be readily available and you’ll find few crowds as you explore the city.
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Gerald R. Ford International Airport is located around 13 miles from the center of Grand Rapids. The largest commercial air hub in West Michigan, the airport offers direct flights to over 20 cities across the US. The most popular destination for passengers traveling from Gerald R. Ford International is Chicago O’Hare, with Atlanta, Detroit and Minneapolis also seeing regular daily departures. Buses and taxis connect the airport with the surrounding area and hire cars are also available at the terminal.
A number of major airlines offer direct flights to Grand Rapids.
The easiest way to get around Grand Rapids and the local area is by car. Outside of the downtown area, parking is generally free and easy to find. However, if you prefer to leave the car at home, you can take taxis around the city or use the local bus network to reach your destination.
If you’re just exploring the city center, you’ll find most areas are within walking distance. Or, if you’re feeling energetic, you can hire a bike and explore Grand Rapids on two wheels.
If you’re interested in art and culture, the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is a definite must see. Located to the east of the city center, the colorful park is packed full of art and regular cultural events take place at the venue throughout the year. A specially designed children’s garden makes this a great place to visit if you’re traveling with your family.
If you still haven’t got your fill of culture, visit the excellent Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Van Andel Museum Center and the Gerald R. Ford Museum. There are also a number of open-air public art displays dotted around the center of the city.
As Grand Rapids is fast becoming known as a center for craft beer, visiting a brewery or brewpub is a must during your stay. Excellent drinking holes can be found across the city, although most are located in the downtown area of Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids has invested heavily in cycling infrastructure in the past few years, making it easy to get around by bike. The city operates on Eastern Time.
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