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Why Fly to Grand Rapids?
Grand Rapids, Michigan does a fine job of being all things to all people. Its vibrant Downtown is hip, urban and active, but it sits just minutes away from the serene natural beauty of the verdant Grand River Basin. The Grand Rapids Metro Area maintains a neighborly small town atmosphere despite its nearly million-strong population. Picture-perfect beaches lie to the west, lush national forests loom to the north and the Motor City itself is within day-trip range to the east. Cheap flights to Grand Rapids are booking up now, so start searching for fares online and begin planning an adventure in the western reaches of the Great Lake State.
Which Airlines Fly to Grand Rapids?
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) is particularly well-connected for an airport serving an area the size of Grand Rapids, and is the busiest air gateway for all of Western Michigan. Discount airline AirTran Airways has flights from Baltimore and throughout Florida, while another low-cost carrier, Allegiant Air, offers flights from Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Phoenix and other cities. Flights with major U.S. airlines include service from Chicago and Dallas on American, from Cleveland, Houston and Newark on Continental, from Milwaukee on Frontier and from Chicago and Denver on United. Delta connects Grand Rapids to the greatest number of cities, including Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis, New York and Washington D.C.
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Quick Travel Guide to Grand Rapids
Though it is sometimes overshadowed by its East Michigan neighbor Detroit, Grand Rapids has its fair share of world-class attractions. The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is its best-known, and has steadily attracted international renown since being listed in Patricia Schultz’s 2003 book, “1,000 Places to See Before You Die.” Acres of gorgeous botanical gardens are the surroundings for inspired outdoor sculptures carved by both classic and modern masters, and a campus of indoor galleries houses rotating exhibits and additional sculptures. Among the highlights is The American Horse, a massive bronze equestrian statue inspired by a Leonardo da Vinci sculpture that was destroyed before it could be cast.
Another must-see is the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, where intriguing exhibits allow you to explore the life of President Ford, the only U.S. President never to be elected by ballot for either President or Vice President. Stop by to walk through a full-scale replica of the Oval Office, or to pay your respects at Ford’s burial site on the museum grounds. You may even see temporary exhibits on loan from the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives and other government museum systems.
The inviting art galleries, terrific restaurants, exhilarating nightlife spots and luxurious hotels in Grand Rapids will give you plenty of ways to stay busy. But don’t forget to pack your swimsuit; even if you’re traveling to Grand Rapids to see the city, you can’t pass up the chance to spend a nice afternoon on the Western Michigan beaches.