6 days in Grand Rapids & Long Beach Itinerary

6 days in Grand Rapids & Long Beach Itinerary

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6 days in Grand Rapids & Long Beach Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Grand Rapids
— Few hours
Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Long Beach
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Kalamazoo

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Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
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.
On the 14th (Sat), look for gifts at Cabela's and then identify plant and animal life at Millennium Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids day trip planning tool .

Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In December, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 36°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Long Beach.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Cabela's, Millennium Park
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Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Cabela's ©
Cabela's

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Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Santa Monica State Beach. Shop till you drop at The Disney Gallery and Carlsbad Premium Outlets. Venture out of the city with trips to Virga Gallery (in Laguna Beach), Irvine Spectrum Center (in Irvine) and Anaheim (Anaheim Farmer's Market & The Lego Store). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Town Temecula, take a leisurely stroll along Oceanside Pier, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Long Beach trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Grand Rapids to Long Beach takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Rapids in December, things will get warmer in Long Beach: highs are around 70°F and lows about 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Long Beach

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Anaheim, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Carlsbad Premium Outlets, Irvine Spectrum Center, Santa Monica State Beach
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula

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