7 days in Grand Rapids & Austin Itinerary

7 days in Grand Rapids & Austin Itinerary

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Grand Rapids

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and then look and learn at Grand Rapids Public Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Grand Rapids trip planner.

Detroit to Grand Rapids is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Austin.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks
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Austin

— 6 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Change things up with these side-trips from Austin: San Antonio (The Guenther House Museum, SeaWorld, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Texas State Capitol, get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library, admire all the interesting features of Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, and deepen your understanding at University of Texas at Austin.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Austin trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Grand Rapids to Austin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Grand Rapids to Austin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Grand Rapids in December: highs in Austin hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

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