Grand Rapids, MI
Michigan
By D. Gregory Perrin

While traveling in Michigan, one excellent city to stop into for culture and history is Grand Rapids. This city is now the second largest in the state trailing only behind Detroit. Grand Rapids is known best for being the hometown of the 38th President of the United States Gerald Ford, but has plenty to offer as far as museums, other attractions, and is a short drive to both Kalamazoo and Lansing.

WhatsCheaper.com invites you to book your next vacation to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Vacationers can fly into the city through Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR). You can start your search with WhatsCheaper.com, as well as compare to other top travel websites, by following this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). Where you stay is also another important factor to any vacation. You want to not only find a hotel that matches you budget, but you want it to be nice. WhatsCheaper.com can assist with this; just click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to utilize our hotel finder for your search.

The best place to start your sightseeing tour of Grand Rapids is none other than the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. There are rotating exhibits in the museum throughout the year, anything from papers about Ford’s time in China to exhibits on Ben Franklin. The Ford Burial Site is also on the grounds of the museum. Travelers can visit the burial any day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas and parking is free of charge.

There are several other amazing museums in Grand Rapids that WhatsCheaper.com highly recommends. One would be the Grand Rapids Public Museum. This consists of multiple museums in the area. The main building is the Van Andel Museum Center. In this building you can take in views of the city and it is where the administrative offices are located as well as several of the museums. One of the museums in the center is the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium. Here visitors can enjoy seasonal sky shows, and even laser light shows for a minimal cost. At another site, the Voight House Victorian Museum is an excellent facility because it is a 3 level brick mansion which shows how life was around the turn of the 20th century. This museum is breathtaking but only open to the public for certain public events so WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to keep a watchful eye.

Next, WhatsCheaper.com recommends taking part of a day to head to the John Ball Zoo. This is an excellent stop, especially for travelers with children. The joy of showing your young one their first zebra or giraffe is just one you will always remember. There is a small fee for admission but it is worth the cost. There is a large number of animal species for your viewing pleasure and for large, private parties it is possible to rent the zoo out.

Lastly, one of the best sites in the city is the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. This establishment has a large number of sculptures including the Auguste Rodin Bronze Sculpture, The American Horse, and others. There is a Children's Garden, Amphitheater Garden, Arid Garden and Carnivorous Plant House. The gardens has annual events that vacationers can take advantage of while in the city as well.

Over all, WhatsCheaper.com knows you will just love Grand Rapids, Michigan. With so much to do, in a quaint city in Michigan, your next vacation will be fun, exciting and relaxing from beginning to end. Just click the above links to start your search for flights and hotel reservations.

MUST SEE IN Grand Rapids, MI LIST:

  • 1. Gerald R. Ford Museum
  • 2. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
  • 3. John Ball Zoo
  • 4. Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium
  • 5. Van Andel Arena
  • 6. Grand Rapids Children's Museum
  • 7. Thousand Oaks Golf Club
  • 8. The American Horse
  • 9. Grand Rapids Art Museum
  • 10. Broadway Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, MI EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Grand Rapids Antiques Market - January
  • 2. Michigan International Auto Show - January
  • 3. Grand Rapids Boat Show - February
  • 4. Michigan Laughfest - March
  • 5. Ultimate Sport Show - March
  • 6. Festival of the Arts - June
  • 7. Rock the Rapids - June
  • 8. Restaurant Week - November
  • 9. International Wine, Beer & Food Festival - November
  • 10. Homestead Holiday Festival - December

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids
3920 Stahl Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI
By Katelyn Mohney

Located only 11 miles from downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, and 5 miles from the Kent County International Airport, Homewood Suites by Hilton is the ideal place for your stay.  Check-in ends at 3:00pm.

Choose a one bedroom suite that includes a living area, bathroom and kitchen, or a two bedroom suite that includes a living area, bathroom and kitchen. Each bedroom features a king-size bed and television with premium cable channels including HBO and movies for rental directly from the television. The living area features a television with premium cable channels as well and a comfortable sitting area with a sleeper sofa that can be converted into a bed at night. Every kitchen includes a full-size refrigerator, stove, microwave, coffee pot and dishwasher to make your stay as comfortable as home. Bathrooms are stocked with hairdryer and Neutrogena hygiene supplies. The staff is available for assistance if you should require extra or new supplies for your room. There is no need to worry about laundry when the hotel offers both valet and self-laundry services.

Read the complementary USA Today newspaper which can be delivered to your room Monday through Friday and enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the morning offered everyday of the week. Internet access is available both in the hotel lobbies and in every suite. Whether you are an athlete, hobbyist or novice, you may want to play a game of basketball on the hotel's basketball court. Start or end your day with a work out in the fitness center, or cool down in the swimming pool. Check-out is at 12:00pm.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids make guests feel at home away from home, whether you stay for a month or for one night. WhatsCheaper.com will assist you in making reservations today. Simply follow this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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