Grand Junction, CO

Of Interest: downtow Grand Junction

Lodging: by shuttle bus

Tourist Office: no, but there is a map on the wall and a shop selling local products

I went through Grand Junction recently on a trip from California to Denver. Grand Junction is a smoke stop, and we were a little early, so I was able to walk around a little. The station is near the edge of downtown, at an angle so you can’t really see anything. From the station it looks like a typical midwestern town except that you don’t get to most midwestern town by going through some of the most beautiful trains in the world.

There is a shop selling locally made products, including a two volume guide book to the California Zephyr, the route that serves this stop. (Right now a couple of people on Amazon are selling one as a collectible for about $100.) On the other end of the station is a nice restaurant. Please dress well to go here and the women all are very nicely made up.

Two local Marriott  hotels have ads in the station. Call the number of the one that you want to stay at, and the hotel will send a shuttle. They are right next to each other about four miles away.

Trains in both directions arrive during the day. Both Denver and Salt Lake City are about eight hours away in opposite directions. The California Zephyr will also take you to Chicago and the San Francisco Bay area and multiple points in between.

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