Grand Rapids is Michigan’s second-largest city and is home to a fabulous art scene. You can explore the impressive blooms and Rodin sculptures in the Meijer Gardens or spend some time checking out the Grand Rapids Art Museum. The city was also voted the best beer city in the United States by the national Beer Examiner blog in 2012 and 2013. There are over 25 craft breweries in the area with plenty of beer-tourism attractions and events to keep you busy.
Only 30 miles away from Grand Rapids, you will be able to find Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast. This beach getaway rivals the shores of places like Hawaii and Southern California. The beach spans some 300 miles with sugar-white dunes. Aside from the endless beach you will also be able to find wineries, orchards, beery farms and cider houses. Many people would never think that the Midwest is home to one of the most beautiful beach vacation getaways!