De Zwaan Windmill by tulip field
Outdoors, Art
& Relaxation

West Central Lower Peninsula

Urban escapes and beach getaways.

Home to thriving urban centers as well as some of Michigan’s most pristine shoreline, the west central region of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is inviting and exciting.

Cool brews, hot eats and vibrant art unite in Grand Rapids, offering the perfect city escape any time of year. Celebrate the arts and culture, as well as farm-fresh food and local beers and wine as you explore the region and the unique communities along the way.

Discover quaint beachtowns and miles of sandy beaches, or experience brilliant sunsets along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Home to some of Michigan’s most popular state parks and miles of recreational trails, the opportunities for photo-ops and scenic settings are endless in west central Michigan.

Big Sable Point Lighthouse.
Follow I-96 and US-31 for a one-tank road trip through rolling sand dunes and fruit orchards, from big-city charms to a relaxing day at the beach, all highlights of west central Michigan.
Flat Iron Building in Grand Rapids
Check out this Grand Rapids travel guide, from "Lake Shore Lady" Lauren Nolan, full of her favorite things to do in Grand Rapids.
Sunset on Lake Michigan at PJ Hoffmaster State Park.
You're gonna need a bigger bucket list. The West Michigan Pike is home to a plethora of incredible natural wonders and charming small lakeside towns.
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