Southwest & Itineraries
There is no one word to describe the Southwest region of Michigan. It is a cherished part of our state and has so much to offer: festivals, wine, antiquing…the list goes on. While the activities and attractions in this region are varied, one thing remains the same. Each city and attraction is dedicated to giving travelers the very best experience.
Southwest Michigan is known as the fruit belt of the Midwest. They have taken their natural bounty and turned it into some of the best regional wine in the country. The wonderful temperate climate allows wineries to grow European grapes and make incredible wines, earning this region the nickname “Napa Valley of the Midwest.” There are dozens of vineyards and wineries that offer fantastic tasting, tours, and meals.
Antiquing is a well-loved pastime in Southwest Michigan and there is no shortage of shops to peruse. Stroll through acres upon acres of artifacts from times gone by, searching for your heart’s desire.
Experience Grand Rapids as you visit Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, an incredible outdoor sculpture collection, intriguing traveling exhibits, and 132 acres of gardens including a tropical conservatory and a carnivorous plant house. Wander the Victorian Gardens and get lost in the timeless beauty of this special landmark. Take part in a living, breathing museum as breathtaking works of art are installed along the cityscape and art lovers walk through the town.
Step into Holland, where Dutch culture is famously celebrated. The Tulip Time Festival takes over the city each spring, resplendent with tulips, wooden shoes, and more. The Netherlands comes to life as visitors immerse themselves in Klompen dancing, taking a waltz through a Dutch village at their leisure, and visiting a 248-year-old working Dutch windmill. From wooden shoes to a working windmill, Holland will provide authentic Dutch experiences.
You’ll never be far from anything as you discover all that Kalamazoo has to offer. Wander the picturesque streets of Kalamazoo, mingle with the locals, and absorb the culture of this college town. Visit the rural countryside and experience one hundred years of automotive heritage at Gilmore Car Museum or skyrocket into the future as you experience a highly charged, multi-sensory experience.
Marshall offers tours of many restored sites within one of the nation’s largest historic landmark districts. Other stops like Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub, Dark Horse Brewery and the Honolulu House anchor a vibrant downtown filled with unique shops, restaurants and sycamore-lined streets.
Enjoy the rural charm of this region by wandering through a corn maze, carving a pumpkin, or enjoying a glass of apple cider. Cornwell’s Turkeyville USA offers plenty of rustic, outdoor adventures— but you can also tuck into a home-style meal during a dinner theater production.
Southwest Michigan is a region of many charms. The natural bounty of the region is everywhere for you to enjoy. From locally made wine to exploring the history of our great state, your Southwest Michigan experience will enchant you from beginning to end.