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Passing through

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Passing through

We will possibly be spending the night in GJ to be closer to the airport. Will probably come in the morning to stay the entire day and leave for the airport early the next morning. Need suggestions for something to do for the day, a nice place to have dinner and sleep for the night. We will be driving from Utah. Thanks!

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Colorado Western...
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1. Re: Passing through

You didn't say if you are interested in outdoor scenery or hiking, or prefer museums or other indoor activities, but the first thing that comes to mind is visiting Colorado National Monument, which is gorgeous, either for simply driving through or for stopping to take a hike.

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2. Re: Passing through

Downtown Grand Junction is famous for the Art on the Corner. All over town there are sculptures, the town has some nice stores, you can rent bikes to ride fantastic trails, see the museums, botanical garden, or go to Bananas for miniature golf and all sorts of fun. Check out the list at https://www.visitgrandjunction.com/

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3. Re: Passing through

I have a friend who flies in to Grand Junction when she visits the area. She always stays at the Comfort Inn near the airport. She says it is very comfortable and convenient to the airport for her early morning flight.

Another favorite of friends is the Wine Country Inn. It's at Palisade, but near the Interstate so is an easy drive to the airport. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g33585-d1130076-Reviews-Wine_Country_Inn-Palisade_Colorado.html There are many other good choices for your lodging.

What type of food did you have in mind?

We tend to find ourselves in Grand Junction at lunchtime and DH wants BBQ or a burger, so it's been a while since I've been in Grand Junction for a nice dinner. Thus, I'm probably not the best person to give advice. I've heard good things about a couple of unique places you might want to consider. Spoons has a Trip Advisor Travelers Choice award, and is well reviewed. It supports HopeWest Hospice and uses local food suppliers when possible. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g33450-d1551384-Reviews-Spoons_bistro_bakery-Grand_Junction_Colorado.html The other place I want to try is Devil's Kitchen, which is the rooftop restaurant at the Hotel Maverick, which is Colorado Mesa University's hospitality teaching program. It's my DIL's current favorite restaurant, so it is also on my list. If you're there near sunset, I've seen some lovely photos of the view of Colorado National Monument. The restaurant takes its name from a popular hiking trail https://www.devilskitchenrestaurant.com/

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4. Re: Passing through

GJ and the surrounding area is beautiful. I would suggest going to Colorado National Monument as it is similar to a small Grand Canyon. You can drive through and stop at various places along the way. I am sure you could take a hike there if that is something you would like to do. The drive east of GJ through the Colorado river canyon is cool too. Maybe stop by the small town of Pallisade and look around as it is a neat place to see as well.

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