Destination guide

Lakeside adventures in Grand Rapids

Choosing a Grand Rapids vacation rental with a beautiful view is easy in this land of 1,000 lakes. Homes with scenic views, luxurious log-sided cabins and cozy retreats abound. Grand Rapids is an outdoor adventurer's paradise with a difference. From your idyllic vacation rental you can explore miles of forested trails and acres of shimmering, hemlock-fringed lakes. In winter, you're just 10 minutes from the snowy delights of the Mount Itasca ski area. Downtown, there are buzzing local restaurants and bars to explore, challenging scenic golf courses to play and a unique local museum dedicated to the town's most famous daughter, Judy Garland.

Things to do

Grand days out in Grand Rapids

Just outside town, the Forest History Center provides an opportunity to discover local history and woodcrafts under the canopy of pine and birch close to the banks of the Mississippi. This family-friendly attraction features an early-20th-century logging camp. Through the year, you can enjoy living history events here, plus wildlife encounters and cultural festivals. Local history of a different kind can be explored at the Judy Garland Museum, the screen icon's former family home which is now a heartfelt homage to Grand Rapid's most famous resident and all things Wizard of Oz.


Vacationing on the Mississippi River

There are so many opportunities to eat, shop and play in this neck of the woods. From your Grand Rapids vacation rental, you can also hit the miles of hiking and biking trails that cross-cross this lake-studded region. Besides the mighty Mississippi River, many nearby lakes promise more watery adventures. Take a boat out and row across the still waters, or paddle a kayak or SUP under the shade of towering pines. Keen anglers can charter a guided fishing tour to try their luck with walleye, northern pike, bass and perch.


Grand Rapids through the seasons

Grand Rapids is your gateway to a winter wonderland. By December, temperatures plummet and you can enjoy snowshoeing, snowmobiling and fat tire biking along snow-dusted forest trails or ice fishing on the frosty lakes. From your Grand Rapids vacation rental, you're just 10 minutes from the miles of downhill ski trails at Mount Itasca where you can ski, snowboard, ski jump and tube. Temperatures begin to climb around April, when the trails begin to reopen to hikers and bikers. By summer you can expect highs in the 70s – perfect for hitting the lakeside beaches for a swim or picnic.

Natural features

Grand Rapid's lakes and forests

It's easy to unwind at a Grand Rapids vacation rental under ancient trees, among wild birds and woodland creatures such as squirrels and white-tail deer. Within Grand Rapids city limits there are miles of hiking and biking trails to explore. City parks feature landings where you can launch a lake adventure, whether you want to paddle through the waters in the company of ducks and geese, or fish from the shore. You can also get a feel for the beauty of northern Minnesota by driving the Great River Road. This National Scenic Byway winds its way beside the banks of the Mississippi through pine-scented forests to offer glorious river and woodland views.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Grand Rapids

Fly into Hibbing, MN (HIB-Chisholm-Hibbing), the closest airport, located 33.5 mi (53.8 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Grand Rapids?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 116 vacation rentals near Grand Rapids. From 50 Cabins to 46 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Grand Rapids for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Grand Rapids?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Grand Rapids. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Judy Garland Museum: 78 vacation rentals
  • Pokegama Golf Course: 77 vacation rentals
  • The Myles Reif Center Performing Arts Center: 78 vacation rentals
  • Marcell Family Center: 65 vacation rentals
  • Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center: 65 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Grand Rapids listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Grand Rapids?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 50 Cabins in Grand Rapids. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Grand Rapids include:

  • Houses: 46 rentals available
  • Cottages: 50 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 50 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Lodges and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Grand Rapids?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 15 vacation rentals with pool available in Grand Rapids. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.