The heart of the state's wine country, Grand Junction Colorado enjoys an average of 275 sunny days a year, warm summers, and moderate winters. With a full slate of special events, engaging attractions, welcoming visitor amenities, fruit farms, and amazing outdoor vistas, this community in western Colorado is interesting to explore in every season.
Grand Junction vacations bring travelers right into wine country. With a climate and soil suited to growing wine, the area has been granted the designation of an American Viticulture Area, sharing the honor with places like Napa Valley, California, and the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Local wineries offer tours, tastings, and special events. Several local tour companies lead limousine tours of the wineries in Grand Junction Colorado at harvest time and beyond.
When the grape harvest is ready in the fall, vacationers can join in the fun of the Colorado Mountain Winefest. With winemaker dinners, vineyard tours, live music, seminars, and wine tasting, festival-goers will find an array of things to do in Grand Junction. Special events also take place in the spring when the wine is first ready.
Family-friendly attractions in Grand Junction will delight visitors of all ages. Kids and anyone interested in Colorado's distant past will savor a Dinosaur Journey at the Museum of Western Colorado. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of these giants at the Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area, and the museum leads daylong dino digs in Rabbit Valley Research Natural Area. Its Cross Orchards Historic Farm offers a peek into the agricultural past of the 1900s and the importance of the fruit industry.
In season, Grand Junction vacations can include a visit to a working orchard. With a leisurely stroll or drive, vacationers can see where cherries, apples, pears, peaches, and other sweet fruits are grown. Many of the orchards offer tours, farm stands, and tasty treats.
At the Western Colorado Math and Science Center and the Western Colorado Center for the arts, young and old alike will find lots of fun things to do in Grand Junction. Interactive exhibits, all designed for fun and learning, explore topics such as space, biology, ecology, and Native American heritage.
Close to the Colorado National Monument at the junction of the Colorado River and Gunnison River, Grand Junction is perfectly situated outdoor recreation. Visitors can get outside and find some fun with miniature golf, go-carts, bumper boats, and more at Bananas Fun Park. Other outdoor things to do in Grand Junction include hiking the trail alongside the Colorado River, camping, rafting, fishing, hunting, and exploring the Colorado National Monument and Grand Mesa, one of the largest flat-top mountains in the world. In the winter, skiing, snowmobile, and cross-country skiing are some of the favorite outdoor activities in Grand Junction Colorado.
Visitors will find everything they need to enjoy Grand Junction vacations, including restaurants, a historic downtown, and interesting shopping. Along Main Street, vacationers can step into interesting shops, funky restaurants, and art galleries. Art on the Corner, the outdoor sculpture exhibit, is one of the coolest things along Main Street. Grand Junction hotels range from full-service hotels to cozy motels. In total, more than 3,000 rooms suit travelers of every price range.