Grand Rapids, Michigan, is named after the Grand River, which runs through the city. As the home to five of the world's top office furniture companies, the city is also known as Furniture City, or River City. To celebrate its furniture-making history, you can visit the stunning Meyer May House and learn about the history of manufacturing in the area. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is another popular local attraction, and along the Grand River, you can see some of the mounds left behind from the Hopewell natives who used to live in the area.
After making your way to a hotel, Grand Rapids visitors should stop by the Heritage Hill neighborhood, which has more than 1,300 historic residences, in more than 60 architectural styles. The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is also a popular place to visit, and features sculptures by Degas and Rodin. I-96 is the area's main highway. Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) provides airline service.
During the winter, Grand Rapids often receives heavy lake effect snow. Take advantage of this weather by trying out snow tubing, cross-country skiing and other winter sports at the local ski areas, including Cannonsburg and Bittersweet. In spring and summer, take the short drive to Holland to see the annual Tulip Festival.