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Colorado city named one of '52 Places to Go' worldwide in 2023

At No. 45 on the list is Grand Junction, which The New York Times describes as "a bonanza of canyons, arches and cliffs, without the hordes of tourists."

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The 2023 edition of The New York Times' annual list spotlighting "52 Places to Go" worldwide includes a western Colorado city. 

Coming in at No. 45 on this year's list is Grand Junction, which the newspaper describes as "a bonanza of canyons, arches and cliffs, without the hordes of tourists."

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"Travel’s rebound has revealed the depth of our drive to explore the world," the publication says of this year's list. "Why do we travel? For food, culture, adventure, natural beauty? This year’s list has all those elements, and more."

The list says Grand Junction "offers attractions similar to those of Moab, Utah, the gateway to Arches National Park, without the throngs."

It highlights the nearby attractions of Rattlesnake Canyon, Colorado National Monument and the Palisade Plunge mountain biking route.

"All trails lead back to downtown Grand Junction, filled with shops, craft breweries, locavore restaurants and wine-tasting rooms from area vineyards," the article says.

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The Colorado River passes through Grand Junction, Aug. 24, 2022, in Mesa County, Colo. In November 1922, seven land-owning white men brokered a deal to allocate water from the Colorado River, which winds through the West and ends in Mexico. During the past two decades, pressure has intensified on the river as the driest 22-year stretch in the past 1,200 years has gripped the southwestern U.S. (Hugh Carey/The Colorado Sun via AP)

The global list often spotlights Colorado places. Steamboat Springs was featured in 2015, Downtown Denver made the list in 2018, Colorado Springs was featured in 2020, and Estes Park was highlighted in 2022

"We are honored to be included in this prestigious list of international destinations showcasing Grand Junction as one of the best places to travel in the world in 2023,” Elizabeth Fogarty, director of Visit Grand Junction, said in a news release. “The Grand Junction inclusion in this list positions us as an under-the-radar outdoor adventure hub and a vibrant city that is thriving; and I am sure this will inspire travelers from around the world to explore this very special place.”

Other Western U.S. destinations included on this year's list include Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park; Palm Springs, California; Tucson, Arizona; American Prairie, Montana; and the Black Hills of South Dakota.  


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