Holland, Michigan, USA – 2017 International Finalist
Holland, Michigan is a diverse community with a strong foundation of quality of life for its residents, as well as a premiere four-season destination for visitors and guests. From winning numerous America in Bloom awards over a 6-year period to being named one of the 30 most beautiful towns in America by Expedia, Holland is a city proud of its attributes, heritage, and culture, and delights in sharing with visitors and residents alike.
Settled by Dutch immigrants in the mid-1800s, Holland continues to value its Old World roots with popular attractions like Windmill Island Gardens, home to the only authentic Dutch windmill in the US, and the Holland Museum and Galleries. The Tulip Time Festival, Holland’s annual tribute to Dutch heritage and the May flower, headlines the city’s historic European flair. In 2016, the Tulip Time Festival was voted the favorite flower festival in the nation by USA Today Travel. Our rich Latino and Asian cultures have become woven into our community fabric through the sharing of customs, traditions, and celebrations.
Downtown Holland features historic, well-cared-for buildings that serve as the backdrop for more than 100 diverse, unique specialty boutiques and regional and national stores, an array of eateries, and a wide array of specialty services. It is the place where creative art venues and community and international events can be experienced. The snowmelt system underfoot keeps sidewalks and streets and free of ice and snow so that visitors can enjoy the downtown vibrancy and liveliness throughout the year.
Holland in located on West Michigan’s lakeshore, home to some of the nation’s most successful companies, and has established a reputation as a leader in manufacturing, engineering, design, agriculture, tourism, and recreation.
Artistic and educational opportunities also abound in Holland, a college town. Hope College, a private, liberal arts institution, houses nationally renowned academic educators as well as its theater and musical offerings and a range of athletic events supported by the entire community. The Holland Area Arts Council, a symphony and chorale, and area schools all contribute to the dynamic and varied offerings throughout the year.
Holland’s numerous outdoor activities make it a popular destination for the physically active and those who enjoy the outdoors. Over 400 acres of City parks feature a wide array of perennials, annuals, trees, and meticulously landscaped areas, including 90 varieties of tulips planted in the spring and cutting-edge annual displays provided by the more than 130,000 annuals grown in the City’s municipal greenhouses. The watery expanses of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa appeal to beachcombers, boaters, and fishermen while 125 miles of bike and jogging paths meander throughout the city and the countryside.
Holland, Michigan a great place to live, play, go to school, work, raise a family, visit, and enjoy life to its fullest!