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Grand Rapids ranks among top 20 'most-overlooked' cities in US

March 10, 2017
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A view of Grand Rapids' skyline from the West Side. Courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids has earned a spot on a ranking of the top 20 “most-overlooked” cities in America by a publisher of travel guides.

DK Eyewitness Travel said this week the cities on its ranking range from “art-filled college towns” to “hip outposts in the desert.”

DK said these are communities that “haven’t yet been trampled by tourists” and deserve to be on anyone’s “must-go” list for 2017.

Grand Rapids ranks 18th, thanks to its “re-invigorated downtown area, restaurants from the likes of Wolfgang Puck and its high-quality microbreweries.”

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is also mentioned, as is the area’s star role as the setting of the 1990s film “American Pie.”

“The United States has many cities well-known for their arts, food and sports scenes, but there are a number of fascinating cities that deserve to be more fully explored and that’s what we sought to uncover,” said Georgina Dee, publishing director, DK Eyewitness Travel.

Dee said the ranking includes a broad mix of lesser-known cities with culinary appeal, historic neighborhoods, thriving arts scenes and natural and historic wonders.

“All of these picks have so much to offer and are well-worth a visit this year,” Dee said.

DK Eyewitness Travel has more than 200 travel titles under its Eyewitness Travel and Top 10 brands.

“The 20 Most-Overlooked U.S. Cities”

1.   Madison, Wisconsin

2.   Sacramento, California

3.   Athens, Georgia

4.   Rochester, New York

5.   Tucson, Arizona

6.   Jacksonville, Florida

7.   Santa Cruz, California

8.   Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

9.   Galveston, Texas

10. Las Cruces, New Mexico

11. Worcester, Massachusetts

12. Mobile, Alabama

13. Greenville, South Carolina

14. Anchorage, Alaska

15. Olympia, Washington

16. Des Moines, Iowa

17. Missoula, Montana

18. Grand Rapids

19. Springfield, Illinois

20. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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