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Car Rental in Grand Junction

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Grand Junction

Car Rental in Grand Junction: a perfect Place to start your Sightseeing Adventure in the Rocky Mountains

Western Colorado’s major urban hub isn’t very urban: located in the mesas and red rocks of the Rocky Mountains, Grand Junction is agricultural at heart. This makes it an excellent place to comfortably navigate via automobile hire, with wide roads, plentiful parking, and gorgeous sights – not to mention wineries – just short drives away. Make Grand Junction your base for exploring Colorado and nearby Utah and book your rental car today.

The ideal time to visit Grand Junction is between the end of March and the beginning of November. Springtime is beautiful in the area as the orchards bloom and wineries celebrate barrel tastings with food and drinks in April and May. Summer is the high season for outdoor adventures, and Colorado’s foliage is at its most beautiful in September.

The de facto national language of the United States is English and the currency is the US dollar. Currency exchange is highly available at airports and popular tourist destinations, and credit cards are accepted at the vast majority of businesses.

Grand Junction is located in the Mountain Time Zone, UTC-7.

You can fly directly to Grand Junction via Grand Junction Regional Airport, also called Walker Field, from Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. Walker Field is a great place from which to pick up a rental car; even though the airport is located just five miles from downtown Grand Junction, driving is far more convenient that relying on public transportation. Numerous rental car options are also available just off of State Route 6/50 in downtown Grand Junction.

International visitors arriving by air will likely travel to Grand Junction via Denver International Airport located just over 4 hours to the east. If this is the case, renting a car directly from Denver Airport is highly recommended! You’ll want the opportunity to independently stop and enjoy the view as you travel through the breathtaking Rocky Mountains along Interstate 70 towards Grand Junction.

Grand Junction is a great base from which to explore this unique and gorgeous part of the world. Double-check restrictions with your rental agency before crossing state lines, and then head to Moab, Utah for spectacular views and ancient rock art and fossils. Less than a 2-hour drive from Grand Junction, Moab is nestled between the famous desert areas of Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park.

Alternatively, head east along Interstate 70 to Glenwood Springs, from which you can hike along the Colorado River and go for a relaxing dip at one of the United States’ largest hot springs at The Hot Springs Lodge & Pool. A drive to Glenwood Springs only takes an hour and a half from Grand Junction.

Or head south from Grand Junction to drive through one of the nation’s newest national parks, Gunnison National Park. The Black Canyon is not to be missed!

Visa Regulations

38 nationalities can enter the United States as tourists without applying for a visa, though if you are among these nationalities, you are still required to fill out the ESTA in advance. Visit esta.us for more information. Visitors to the United States will be fingerprinted and biometrically photographed upon entry. If your nationality is not included on the visa-waiver program list, you will be required to apply for a B-1 or B-2 visa in advance of your arrival.

Driving in Grand Junction

Particularly because public transportation infrastructure is scarce and the roads are wide, driving in and around Grand Junction is the most efficient, comfortable, and authentic way to get to know the town and its surroundings.

Here are some further tips and regulations to consider as you drive through Grand Junction:

Right-Hand Driving

  • Traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road in the United States.
  • Unless otherwise marked, after coming to a full stop at a red light, you can turn right from the right lane if there is no oncoming traffic.

Speed Limits

  • Residential areas throughout Colorado: 30 miles per hour
  • Central business districts: 25 miles per hour
  • Rural highways: between 55 and 65 miles per hour
  • Rural interstates: between 65 and 75 miles per hour
  • There are numerous exceptions to these general rules. Be sure to refer to whatever signs mark the roads along your travels!

Other Regulations

  1. Parking is free and plentiful in many places throughout the city.
  2. Your domestic driver’s license is sufficient for driving in Colorado.
  3. There are no toll roads in and around Grand Junction. Coloradans can legally drive as young as 16, but most rental agencies will require you to be at least 21 years old, and you can expect to pay young driver surcharges until the age of 25.

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