Although you might think the name Grand Junction stems from the busy railroad depot in the city, it actually refers to the location where the Gunnison and Colorado rivers meet. This town of more than 140,000 is home to friendly artists, veterans, families and more.
Grand Junction sits in the heart of Colorado’s wine country, with spectacular views of Colorado National Monument to the west and Grand Mesa to the east. A beautiful, historic city in Western Colorado, Grand Junction is an ideal destination for those who love art and culture, the great outdoors, food and drinks, and B&Bs.
Top 5 Things to Do
Hike, Bike or Drive Colorado National Monument
Head to Rim Rock Drive for one of the most iconic scenic drives in the American West. Bicyclists and drivers share the road along this incredible 23-mile route. From stops along the drive you’ll find hiking trails for a variety of experience levels.
Tour Local Wineries
With more than 20 wineries to choose from in the Grand Junction area, you’ll have ample opportunity to taste local Colorado wine and explore expansive vineyards. From mom-and-pop shops to impressive modern wineries, there’s so much to discover.
Stroll Main Street
Main Street in Downtown Grand Junction is the perfect place to spend a morning or afternoon. Full of shops and boutiques, popular restaurants and more, you’ll have lots to see and do along your walk. Don’t miss the Art on the Corner installations throughout the downtown area.
Step Back in Time at Nearby Attractions
For those interested in the history and culture of Grand Junction, we highly recommend Cross Orchards Historic Site and the Museum of the West, each offering different perspectives on the history of the city.
Go Whitewater Rafting
For thrill seekers, a whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River or Gunnison River offers the perfect activity. This exciting outdoor adventure is an ideal way to experience what Colorado is all about.
5 Great Restaurants
Rockslide Brew Pub This local microbrew is a great option if you only have one meal to experience local Grand Junction. The large menu features lots of flavorful dishes and the brewery offers exciting flavors like Kokopelli Cream Ale and Raspberry Wheat. Plus, arrive during happy hour and you can enjoy great deals on appetizers and drinks.
Bin707 Foodbar Foodies visiting Grand Junction will want to head directly to Bin707 for dinner. This “Seasonal American” restaurant offers an incredibly creative menu with fresh ingredients that you’ll love. Try the Pea & Mushroom Risotto, the Lobster Pot Pie, or the Tenderbelly Pork Loin.
Dream Café If you love breakfast, classic American café sandwiches, and salads loaded with toppings, then try the Dream Café for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Don’t miss the homemade cinnamon rolls!
Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub This traditional Irish pub is the ideal place to enjoy some comfort food, a fresh salad or a draft beer. Offering an ideal mixture of Irish favorites and American pub food, Naggy McGee’s has something for everyone.
Il Bistro ItalianoFor an authentic taste of Italy, Il Bistro Italiano on Main Street is the best. From classic Italian dishes to modern takes on your favorite flavors, there are so many flavorful options on the menu. Plus, you could sign up to take cooking classes from Brunella, the owner.
Where to Stay in Grand Junction
Grand Junction is known for it’s plentiful Bed & Breakfasts. If you’re interested in the perfect B&B, we suggest Los Altos B&B, which provides spacious rooms, beautiful views and kind hosts. If hotels are more your style, there’s no shortage of deals on lodging in Grand Junction.
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