Cheap Flights to Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids is the Michigan’s second-biggest city and offers many attractions for travelers. Flights to Grand Rapids will land at the Gerald R Ford International Airport (GRR). It is the state's second-largest airport and handles direct flights from more than 20 cities. Local activities include wandering the grounds of the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and learning about the 38th President of the United States, a Grand Rapids native, at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Gerald R Ford International Airport is served by Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. The main terminal has a number of restaurants and shops. Flights to Grand Rapids will put you in a convenient location for visiting downtown and several nearby cities. The Rapid, the local bus system, serves the airport. A taxi to downtown will cost about $32. There are five rental car agencies located at the airport. If you are renting a car, you will be within a couple hours of the attractions of Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Holland. Many hotels can be found around the airport and along the route to downtown.
Attractions in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids offers many fun and interesting ways to learn about the culture of the area. Two of the most popular attractions are the Gerald R Ford Museum and the Grand Rapids Public Museum, which is one of the oldest history museums in America. Visitors to Grand Rapids also have access to the Voigt House Victorian Museum. It is located in Heritage Hill, a neighborhood where the wealthiest residence of Grand Rapids once lived. Walking through the area, you will see many other impressive houses including the Meyer May House, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is open for tours. The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is located just outside the city. It features many different landscapes with a large variety of plant life, and sculptures adorn its 158 acres.
Grand Rapids Travel Tips
Grand Rapids often experiences very hot and humid summers in the 80s as well as cold winters with a fair amount of snowfall, so be prepared for the weather conditions during your visit. Grand Rapids hosts a number of festivals throughout the year. You can time your trip to coincide with a festival that interests you, or you can try to avoid them if you prefer smaller crowds and want to find more reasonably priced accommodations. Some notable festivals are the Festival of the Arts the first weekend in June, which features live performances and vendors, the Celebration on the Grand the weekend after Labor Day, and Pulaksi Days the first weekend in October, a festival celebrating Polish culture.
Grand Rapids has been recognized as a "Beer City USA" thanks to its many local breweries. Many of the larger ones feature brewpubs with quality food, and some are even open for tours. A local beer will cost about $4, and meals for two generally put you back $50.