Groupon crowned Grand Rapids as the the best place to visit in its 2015 list.
The daily deals website cited Grand Rapids’ love for craft beer and public art as a few reasons folks should come for a visit.
Grand Rapids has enjoyed a major renaissance in the past decade, thanks to a flourishing arts scene, population surge, and booming craft brewing industry. USA Today crowned it “America’s Best Beer Town” in 2014, citing its dozen breweries as proof that Grand Rapids residents love to kick back with a brew. Of its many art museums and sculptures, La Grande Vitesse—a monolithic, coral-hued avant garde structure sculpted by Alexander Calder—has come to symbolize the town’s affinity for public art.
Grand Rapids sits at the north end of the Gold Coast of Michigan, a string of beach towns along Lake Michigan in the southwestern part of the state. These towns—St. Joseph, Saugatuck, and South Haven, to name a few—are the living embodiment of the uber-effective Pure Michigan tourism campaign, with quaint main streets, golden sand dunes, and clean swimming beaches.
Texas Hill Country and Queens, New York City, followed Grand Rapids on the list. Also included was Grand Rapids’ near neighbors, Chicago, at number six.
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