10 days in Grand Rapids & Portland Itinerary

10 days in Grand Rapids & Portland Itinerary

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Grand Rapids
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Portland
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Grand Rapids

— 3 nights

Furniture City

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Rapids: Kalamazoo Valley Museum (in Kalamazoo), Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and Oval Beach (in Saugatuck). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, look for gifts at Horrocks Farm Market, take in the pleasant sights at Rockford Dam Overlook, and admire the landmark architecture of Meyer May House.

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Louisville to Grand Rapids is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Louisville in January, expect Grand Rapids to be slightly colder, temps between 31°F and 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Portland

— 6 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Our Lady of GuadalupeTrappist Abbey (in Carlton), McMinnville (Remy Wines & Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum) and Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach History Center and Museum, Ecola State Park, &more). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, get a taste of the local shopping with Live Laugh Love Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Hoyt Arboretum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Forest Park.

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You can fly from Grand Rapids to Portland in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Grand Rapids to Portland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Rapids in January, expect Portland to be a bit warmer, temps between 46°F and 35°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips