Every community has its own vocabulary -- the names and places that make it feel like home. Here's an insider's look at the history, culture, and special character of a place called West Michigan. By the time you're done reading, you should be able to find us on The Mitten, name some of our beautiful beaches and local celebrities, describe the function of the Fish Ladder, and identify why dentists have a special place in their hearts for Grand Rapids. For extra credit: what world-famous architect designed our downtown amphitheatre?
From stellar collegiate to semi-pro, West Michigan is home to more sports teams than you can possibly see in a year. In the fall, check out the reigning D2 football national champions, the Grand Valley State Lakers, or the nationally ranked Hope College men's soccer team. Then, when the lakes freeze over, cheer on the Grand Rapids Griffins (affiliated with the Detroit Red Wings) hockey team. If you're still craving more, the Grand Rapids Rampage arena football team and the West Michigan Whitecaps AAA baseball team (affiliated with the Detroit Tigers) will satisfy your need for hard hits and home runs.
Download a brochure of all 57 Reasons to Love West Michigan (pdf). This information has been provided by The Right Place.