Explore Michigan from Grand Rapids: Less than 1 Hour Drive

After (or before) experiencing the best that Grand Rapids has to offer, check out the nearby destinations that will allow you to continue your adventure.

A sunset at tunnel park in Holland

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From a Dutch-inspired town to sugar sand beaches with beautiful sunsets, there's so much to discover just a short car ride away. 


A Dutch windmill in a field of tulips.
DeZwaan Windmill in Holland | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan
30 minute Drive

Discover Holland and a slice of Dutch hospitality! The historic downtown offers over 100 boutique shops and outdoor dining options. Explore Holland’s history with a guided walking tour or take a drive to the big lake to see Big Red, Michigan’s most photographed lighthouse.

Grand Haven

Paddle boarder walking into Lake Michigan in Grand Haven
Grand Haven | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan
40 minute Drive

Escape the city and head west to the shores of Lake Michigan! The Grand Haven area offers exceptional, soft-sand beaches, miles of hiking and biking trails, and a vibrant downtown shopping and dining district. Enjoy local craft beverages at breweries and farmers' markets, or enjoy life on the water kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or boating. Come see for yourself why the Grand Haven area is the place to visit this summer!

White Lake

White River Lighthouse in the Fall
White River Light Station | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan
50 minute Drive

The White Lake area encompasses the two small coastal communities of Montague and Whitehall. The area is beautiful and special with all of its history, scenic views (both on and off the water) and unique shops and eateries. The people who make up this area, whether they live here year-round or have made this their summer vacation spot each year, are White Lake proud and it shows throughout the entire area. Beautiful and unique, visitors can always finds a way to celebrate the White Lake area.

South Haven

Child playing in water by the lighthouse in South Haven
Lake Michigan in South Haven | Photo Courtesy of jengoode_photography
55 minute Drive

Find your escape at the Lake Michigan shores in South Haven! Upon arrival, immediately dip your toes in the sand or float out on the great blue waters in one of our many public passenger vessels. There is no better place to sample Lake Michigan than in South Haven!