Grand Rapids, Michigan's West Coast -- a World of Pleasure

Choose your favorite way to have fun. Michigan's West Coast offers every imaginable recreational activity. There's also an abundance of shopping options from boutiques and art galleries to popular shopping mall favorites. Perfect accommodations, from unique B&B's, to the chains you know and trust. Grand Rapids, Michigan -- so much to do and see you'll wonder why you waited so long to plan this vacation!

Michigan's West Coast is a remarkable combination of urban sophistication and small-town warmth with sunsets over seemingly endless water. From the Great Lake to the Grand City, there's a world of pleasure awaiting you in Michigan's West Coast.
Sand, water, rolling dunes, charming villages, the delightful surprise of a true Dutch windmill, a giant roller coaster and the downtown pleasures of a mid-size city. While in Grand Rapids, Michigan you can stroll the downtown riverwalk, explore historic Heritage Hill, enjoy evening performances and cheer at professional sporting events.

Sculptures and historic buildings make the Grand Rapids cityscape an urban explorer's delight. Enjoy the signature Calder sculpture, an authentic Apollo space capsule, ornate Greek religious buildings, and many other outdoor art attractions. The city's bustling downtown entertainment district offers night clubs, theaters and endless dining options. Four museums are all within walking distance, and there's the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park that combines nature's beauty with extraordinary sculpture.

There are wooded parks, dune-filled parks, sandy beaches, and Michigan Adventure amusement park. There are world-class golf courses, quiet fishing streams and you can actually catch salmon in the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. Head a short distance to the west of Grand Rapids and experience charming seaside villages, a thousand miles from the sea. Explore quaint coastal towns and spectacular beaches in Grand Haven, Holland and Muskegon. It's very easy to get around Grand Rapids.

Whether by foot or by car or motor coach, you can see and do a lot in a little time. Routes are direct, streets are safe, traffic is minima here and there's a surprise around every corner. You can take a Downtown Walking Tour - a ten-block stroll that takes you from a 19th century streetscape to the 1970s-era White House, from art galleries to architectural marvels, from a lush green river bank to a world-class luxury hotel.

As the lush Grand River basin explodes in a kaleidoscope of colors, Fall Color Tour shows off Grand Rapids at its most breathtaking. Fun for Kids brings you to a downtown museum built to celebrate childhood and the joy of learning. You and your family can spend hours there.

Grand Rapids festivals include everything from Tulip Time in Holland to Muskegon's Summer Celebration. There's nightlife, professional sports and the simple pleasure of strolling Grand Haven's boardwalk to watch the sunset.

A number of annual events - many of them centered on performing and visual arts - draw visitors to Ann Arbor, Michigan from around the state and the region. The Ann Arbor Folk Festival, an annual benefit concert features many folk musicians. The Ann Arbor Film Festival is held for six days in March at the Michigan Theater. EdgeFest is a multi-venue festival of avant-garde and progressive jazz, held each autumn since 1997.

Be that festivals or sports events, historic sites or sandy beaches, keep your eyes peeled for the breathtaking attractions of Michigan's West Coast.

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