Mission Day - Grand Rapids, MI - 09.14.19

Join us and see all Grand Rapids has to offer!


 • La Grande Vitesse is the first public art work funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts

 • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is one of the world's 100 most-visited art museums.

 • ArtPrize is the world's richest, most radically open art competition.

 • The Grand Rapids Art Museum was named one of the six best buildings of 2007 (Newsweek Magazine).


• Stella's Lounge serves America's Best Burger (GQ Magazine, 2012).

 • Then again, USA Today says the Cottage Burger at Cottage Bar is Michigan's best.

 • MadCap brews up America's Best Tea (GQ Magazine, 2012).

 • The Cornmeal Financier Cake at Grove is one of America's "101 most crazy-awesome new desserts" (New York Magazine, 2012).

 • Founders Brewing Company is the World's 2nd Best Brewery (ratebeer.com, 2012).

 • HopCat is the 3rd Best Beer Bar on the Planet (Beer Advocate, 2012)


• 28 public golf courses within 15 minutes of downtown make G.R. one of the top cities for per-capita public golf courses.

 • The Fifth Third Riverbank Run is America's largest 25K road race, with more than 21,000 participants from around the globe.

 • G.R. is a "Bicycle-Friendly Community" (League of American Bicyclists, 2009) and the "Best Town for Mountain Biking" (Outside Magazine, 2010) - biking opportunities abound!

 • You're never more than a few miles from a body of water in G.R. - one reason we're America's 6th Best Fishing City (Field & Stream Magazine, 2006)


 • Ottawa Indians were Grand Rapids' first inhabitants and in 1826 the city was settled by French fur traders.

 • The city's name comes from the Grand River, Michigan's largest inland river.

 • Grand Rapids was once known as America's Furniture Capital for its fine residential furniture It is known today as the center of office furniture manufacturing.

 • Gerald R. Ford, a native son, became the 38th President of the United States on August 9, 1974.

 • Grand Rapids is home to two Frank Lloyd Wright designs - the privately owned Amberg House and the Meyer May House, which is open to the public three days per week.


 • G.R. is Michigan's 2nd largest city, with a metro-area population of 1.4 million.

 • The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the second largest airport in Michigan and the 86th largest airport nationally, serving more than 2 million passengers annually.

 • G.R. is headquarters to many national and multinational headquarters including Steelcase, Herman Miller, Haworth, Alticor (formerly Amway), Wolverine World Wide, Meijer and Zondervan.

 • Grand Rapids was the first city in the U.S. to add fluoride to its drinking water - way back in 1945.

 • Michigan is 2nd only to California in agricultural diversity - and West Michigan produces 85% of all crops harvested in Michigan ... for an economic impact of over $2 billion.



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