Want all the benefits of a big city with the simplicity and charm of a small one? Then Grand Rapids is the place for you. Located on the Grand River, after which it’s named, in the southwest section of the state about 25 miles east of Lake Michigan, Grand Rapids offers everything from world-renowned art and historic sites to world-class golf courses, recreation and beaches. It’s no wonder Lonely Planet named this vibrant city of nearly 200,000 people the country’s No. 1 travel destination in 2014 and that Forbes has called downtown Grand Rapids one of the country's 10 best downtowns.
Minnesota may be known as the "Land of Lakes," but it could be referred to as the “Land of Historic Sites,” as well. From Grand Rapids to the Twin Cities to Red Wing, there is a cornucopia of historic venues in state that recall the days of yore. The following are 10 renowned spots that will take you back in time.
St. James Hotel, Red Wing
Looking for a small-town atmosphere where you can experience the best of the big city? With a population of just more than 12,000, Red Bank, located on the southern bank of the Navesink River, is a noted social and commercial destination filled with boutiques, designer clothing and home stores, parks, restaurants and much more. It also boasts the oldest ice boating club in the United States.