Grand Rapids Flights:
Flights to Grand Rapids
Situated on the Grand River in the south west of Michigan, USA, is the city of Grand Rapids. This is the second largest city in Michigan and though parts of its centre have a modern feel, Grand Rapids offers both historical and modern attractions.
The airport for flights to Grand Rapids is the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (airport code: GRR), located close enough to the city for public bus and taxi services. You can get a one-stop flight to Grand Rapids from South Africa with Delta Airlines that transfers in Atlanta, but most flights have 2 connections. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both have the same route for their flights to Grand Rapids, with transfers in London and Toronto.
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The Tourist Attractions in Grand Rapids:
The Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum
One of the most popular attractions in Grand Rapids is the Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum. Opened in 1981 while Gerald Ford was still alive, this museum is mainly dedicated to his life and career. One of the top exhibits here is the full scale replica of the Oval Office, as it was when Ford was president. There are many other permanent exhibits here along with temporary and changing exhibits throughout the year. Ford died in late 2006 and his remains are now interred on the grounds of the Museum.
Public Museum of Grand Rapids
One of the oldest history museums in the United States, the Public Museum of Grand Rapids was established back in 1854 and features some wonderful permanent exhibits including a carousel, and a near life-size re-creation of the streets of Grand Rapids in 1904. The museum also looks after the Voigt House Victorian Museum located in Grand Rapids. This is another of the city’s popular attractions as it shows exactly how homes were furnished and decorated in Victorian times because of the fact that the house was never refurbished.
Heritage Hill Historic District
Visitors who are interested in the older, grander properties of Grand Rapids should make sure you visit the Heritage Hill area of the city. There’s an amazing 1,300 homes here which date from 1848 onwards and make use of around 60 different architectural styles, so this neighbourhood is a real gem! Amongst them is a house designed by famous US architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and you’ll also find the Voigt House in this neighbourhood too.
Select homes are open to the public every year on the first weekend in October, or if you’re here at any other time of the year pick up a self guided walking tour of the district. Although this doesn’t give you admittance to any of the homes it’s a great way to make sure you see all the best ones from the outside.
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
For a change from museums and architecture there’s Grand Rapids’ Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. There are both indoor and outdoor areas here, including a variety of gardens, large sculptures, nature trails and more, and kids will love the children’s garden!
When Should You Visit?:
Unless you like cold weather and snow, Grand Rapids is best avoided during the winter! This is actually one of the snowiest cities in the United States, with December, January and February being the hardest hit months. During the summer Grand Rapids is a different story with warm and humid weather – July is the hottest month with an average high of 28C.