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Grand Junction kicked off 2023 by securing a spot on the prestigious New York Times' "Top 52 Places to Go in 2023". This solidified and highlighted Grand Junction's reputation as a premier vacation destination. As the only Colorado destination to make the list, Grand Junction has now been recognized globally for being one of the top places to visit in the world. Grand Junction's western hospitality - the #1 comment from guests is how friendly locals are - and stunning geological landscapes surrounding the area are just a few reasons Grand Junction has earned notoriety from the New York Times. Read what the New York Times said about Grand Junction below.

Elaine Glusac, Travel Writer for the New York Times:
"On Colorado’s Western Slope, arid Grand Junction offers attractions similar to those of Moab, Utah, the gateway to Arches National Park, without the throngs.
The area around the Colorado alternative has the second-largest concentration of natural arches in the country in Rattlesnake Canyon, where some 35 sandstone spans are part of the roughly 123,700-acre McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, reachable via off-road vehicle or a strenuous 14-mile round-trip trek. More convenient hiking trails in the Colorado National Monument — where geologic uplift and erosion formed monoliths of the same Entrada sandstone found at Arches — lie within about 10 minutes of town.
The 2021 opening of the Palisade Plunge adds a 32-mile descent — from the world’s largest flat-topped mountain, 10,000-foot Grand Mesa, down to the Colorado River — to the area’s biking challenges. All trails lead back to downtown Grand Junction, filled with shops, craft breweries, locavore restaurants and wine-tasting rooms from area vineyards."


Grand Junction was thrilled to be mentioned as one of the world's most reputable vacation destinations for 2023. As we move into the new year, Grand Junction is excited to welcome new and returning guests to the area, and we are anxiously waiting to see who will make the list in 2024. Plan your visit to Grand Junction and experience this premier destination yourself!


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Publish Date: January 12, 2023