The Best Things To Do In Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

The ultimate travel guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan: here are the best things to do in this city I call home! 

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

As a local Grand Rapidian, people frequently ask me for my hotel, dining and activity recommendations for this incredible city I love and call home.

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Of course, like any growing city, my recommendations are always expanding, changing and updating which is why I’m thrilled to share with you my latest and greatest Grand Rapids Travel Guide: The Ultimate List of Things to Do! (Be sure to check out my previous Grand Rapids travel guides here here and here!)

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

With new hotels popping up all the time, I couldn’t wait to check-in to the all new AC Hotel Grand Rapids.

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Admittedly, I had high expectations for this hotel but it didn’t not disappoint.

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Sleek, modern and luxurious, I felt like I was in midtown Manhattan. Don’t miss the AC Hotel during your next visit to Grand Rapids!

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Once you’ve checked in, walk two blocks to one of my favorite local coffee shops: Madcap Coffee Company.

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

I love getting iced coffee with the ever-revolving list of daily coffees. While you’re there, grab a bag of whole beans to take home to remember your visit to Grand Rapids.

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

After an afternoon exploring Grand Rapids, you’ll probably be ready to put your feet up and enjoy a happy hour cocktail or two.

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Head to our local gin bar, Zoko 822, for their signature gin and tonic. If you’re here in the warmer months, cool off on their patio with a frose.

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

For dinner, I can’t recommend Terra enough. Located just 7-8 minutes east of downtown, this spot is somewhat local to my house and I frequent it often. The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Pro Tip: Do not miss the buffalo cauliflower. It will change your life.

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

To finish off your evening, head to One Bourbon for a nightcap. If you’re a sucker for an Instagram Worthy mural like I am, they’ve got you covered with that as well with their brand new “You’re Neat” mural. (Get it? Whiskey?)

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

In the morning, take a short 5 minute stroll from your hotel room to grab breakfast at Little Bird Café. I’ve been there many times and literally nothing disappoints. The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Offering a wide variety of sweet and savory menu options for breakfast lunch and dinner,  (not to mention lunch and dinner!) you will love this thoughtful, scratch-made restaurant.

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Next, head to the Downtown Market to pack a picnic (we’re heading to the  beach later!)

The Best Things to Do in Grand Rapids: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Home to 20+ indoor market vendors, 2 full service restaurants, monthly outdoor market events, hands-on…

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