Along the coast of the Grand River, 25 miles east of Lake Michigan, is Grand Rapids, the second largest city in Michigan. Once celebrated as the furniture capital of the world, Grand Rapids has become a mecca for innovative thinking and economic growth in the Midwest. In 2014, this 45.3-square-mile city with a population of 190,411 was named the “Number 1 U.S. Travel Destination” by the largest travel guide publisher, Lonely Planet, in 2014.
Heritage Hill, one of the largest urban historic districts in the United States, boasts over a thousand period homes with nearly every style of architecture from victorian- to colonial-style homes. Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous prairie-style home, the Meyer May House, is located in the heart of the Heritage Hill Historic District and is a favorite landmark to residents and visitors, alike.
The downtown district is booming with excitement almost every night of the week. With four downtown museums, the 10,834-seat Van Andel Arena, and the multi-purpose Devos Place Convention Center, events and shows bring millions of people into the city each year.
Popular festivals take place throughout the year including ArtPrize, Festival of the Arts, Taste of Grand Rapids, and the Fifth Third River Bank Run, the largest 25k road race in the country. Catch a ball game at the Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, or a Griffins hockey game at Van Andel Arena.
There are numerous schools systems within the city of Grand Rapids, including Grand Rapids Public Schools; and over 10 higher education campuses located in the city and surrounding area.
Transportation around the city is easily accessible with US 131, I-96 and I-196 highways and The Rapid public bus transportation system. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport provides national and international flights out of the city and the Amtrak line is stationed just outside of the downtown city limits.