"Grand Rapids, Minnesota" Grand Rapids by Stephen-KarenConn
Grand Rapids Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 28 photos
Grand Rapids is the 49th Best Small Town in America, according to the Prentice Hall publication, "The 100 Best Small Towns in America." The surrounding Itasca County, with its "1,000 Grand Lakes" and the Chippewa National Forest nearby, has been a favorite Minnesota vacation spot for more than a century . There are a plethora of camps, resorts and lodges in the area. The lakes are a magnet for campers, boaters, and fishermen seeking bass, northern walleye, panfish -and peace and quiet. For the active sportsman more than a thousand miles of groomed trails criss-cross the area, providing for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in winter and hiking or biking in summer.
Grand Rapids is also proud of it's heritage as a booming river town, home to lumberjacks, and birthplace of the famed actress and entertainer, Judy Garland.
It would be well on any first time visit to a town to start at the Visitor Center, which is where we began our day in... more travel advice
The sidewalks leading from 5th Street to the Old Central School have been replaced with a "Yellow Brick Road," like that... more travel advice
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