Grand Junction, Colorado
Grand Junction tends to be more of a place you drive through, rather than stay in. But the Old West town, first settled in the 1880s, has a unique charm all its own that calls for a visit. Outdoorsy folk should consider this a convenient central location for knocking a few wild and wonderful things off their bucket list: White water rafting down the Colorado River? Done. Seeing wild horses in an Old Western frontier? Little Books Cliffs Wild Horse Area, check. Unique red rock canyons teeming with bighorn sheep? Colorado National Monument, check and check. The world's largest flattop mountain? Grand Mesa, chiggity-check.
Fruit orchards, vineyards, and more than 20 wineries surround Grand Junction, making this city the center of Colorado wine country. The Downtown also impresses with more than 100 public art pieces, all part of an expansive public exhibit called Art on the Corner. Most of the sculptures are for sale, so if that massive buffalo sculpted from chrome car bumpers calls to you, you can have at it, should you have a whole lot of money to spend on a massive buffalo sculpted from chrome car bumpers. And, like all quaint desert towns, there are plenty of cute independently owned shops, coffee houses, and restaurants to check out while you're snatching up art.