Grand Rapids is Michigan’s second-largest city and boasts an impressive downtown with an emphasis on its relationship to the Grand River. Explore the NWWWS host city through a 
walking tour that will highlight the city’s riverfront restoration and access.

Best suited for: Riverfront cities | Urban green spaces


  • On the banks of the Grand River, about 25 miles east of Lake Michigan
  • Namesake rapids, once removed as a navigation hazard, may be restored through the EPA Urban Rivers Restoration Initiative


Boxed lunches provided prior to walking tour.

Enjoy a networking lunch in the Garden Court Lounge or Pantlind Lobby prior to departure.

Depart Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Walk west across the famous “Blue Bridge” (1892 Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad Bridge).

  • Grand Valley State University Pew Campus and Eberhard Center
  • Grand Rapids Public Museum

Travel north along riverwalk.

  • Historical riverfront
  • Gerald R. Ford Museum
  • Ah-Nab-Awen Park
  • Fish Ladder Park

Cross east along the 6th Street bridge and head south along the Grand River Edges Trail.

  • Site of historical rapids
  • 6th Street Bridge Park
  • DeVos Place

Return to Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.


The Grand Rapids tour will be solely on-foot with frequent stops. Participants should bring comfortable walking shoes and a water bottle. Expect to encounter uneven sidewalks, staircases, bridges, and street crossings.