Grand Rapids is No. 5 ‘most underrated’ city in US


Visitors fill streets across downtown Grand Rapids each year for ArtPrize. Photo by Michael Buck

Grand Rapids is the fifth “most underrated city” in the country in a recent survey of travel readers.

Grand Rapids is featured in the ranking of “America’s most underrated cities” that Travel + Leisure posted last month.

The ranking is based on a survey by Travel + Leisure that asked readers to rate their hometowns and other cities across a range of categories, from quality of pizza to the friendliness of locals.

According to the post, Grand Rapids is “something of a ‘sleeper hit.’ Visitors might be surprised to find hip restaurants serving hyper-local produce, a handful of excellent craft brewers (try the Michigan Cherry IPA at Perrin) and a number of museums all within walking distance.”

“America’s most underrated cities”

1.   Norfolk, Virginia
2.   Buffalo, New York
3.   Indianapolis
4.   Cleveland
5.   Grand Rapids
6.   Milwaukee
7.   Rochester, New York
8.   Birmingham, Alabama
9.   Kansas City, Missouri
10. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
11. Fort Worth, Texas
12. Pittsburg
13. Greenville, South Carolina
14. Philadelphia
15. Cincinnati
16. Tucson, Arizona
17. Detroit
18. Columbus, Ohio
19. Phoenix
20. Louisville, Kentucky

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