[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”https://porteengear.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/GrandRapidsNight-450×303.jpg” alt=”http://www.experiencegr.com/” link=”true” href=”#” title=”http://www.experiencegr.com/” target=”blank” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text]Grand Rapids, Michigan is located on the Grand River in western Michigan. This little city has been getting a lot of attention lately with several “best of” nominations and awards. Nestled inland about 35 miles East of Lake Michigan, Grand Rapids is evolving into a creative hotspot with a revitalized urban downtown.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”https://porteengear.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Blues-Mall-450×318.jpg” alt=”http://www.experiencegr.com/” link=”true” href=”#http://www.experiencegr.com/” title=”http://www.experiencegr.com/” target=”blank” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text]Full of festivals and events, there is always something to do here especially in the warmer months.

Voted 4th out of 10 Best Cities for Finding Employment by Forbes

Voted Best City For Raising a Family

Number One Travel Destination in 2014 by Lonely Planet

Top 10 Emerging Cities in the US by Global Trade

Best Beer Town by USA Today

Best Place to Retire by AARP

..and the list goes on and on! Grand Rapids even broke a World Record for most people doing a 5000 person lip dub to Don McLean’s American Pie![/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”https://porteengear.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Art-Prize-450×300.jpg” alt=”” link=”true” href=”#http://www.artprize.org/” title=”http://www.artprize.org/” target=”blank” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text]The city hosts Art Prize in the fall and for 19 days the city turns into a huge art gallery! The first year we had a giant sized dining table on one of the bridges crossing the river. It’s definitely worth visiting the city for![/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”https://porteengear.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/PantlindHotel-260×350.jpg” alt=”http://www.experiencegr.com/” link=”true” href=”#http://www.experiencegr.com/” title=”http://www.experiencegr.com/” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text]Grand Rapids is rich in history and culture and I am happy to say this is my hometown. Planning a visit here would definitely be a great experience!

For more information and a list of upcoming events, visit ExperienceGR or Pure Michigan.

All Photography by Robyn Porteen

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