Grand Rapids is the second-largest city in Michigan, claiming a modest-sized metropolitan area with about 1 million people in total. It is perhaps best known as the hometown of former President Gerald Ford and is the location of his presidential museum and library.
This small metropolis is impressive when it comes to the environment as well. It has more LEED
-certified buildings than much larger cities such as Detroit and Chicago, and has public art and large greenspaces throughout the city and its environs. It is a good green alternative for urban vacationers seeking a Midwestern destination.