In Grand Junction, you could stop and sip for awhile, since Grand Junction is the heart of Colorado wine country known as the Grand Valley region.
On your way to Denver...
- Stop and take a dip in Glenwood Springs at the hot springs pool fed with all natural, mineral rich water, originally discovered by the Ute Indians.
- Stop and eat a great meal at any of Vail's fine dining restaurants. My favs are Kelly Liken, Larkspur, or La Tour. At that time of the year you'll be able to find all sorts of amazing 2-for-1 meals using high quality ingredients, as well as 50% off bottles of wine as the restaurants go begging for business until the start of ski season.
- After passing under the continental divide through the Eisenhower Tunnel, which by the way is over 11,000 feet above sea level and the highest point on the entire interstate highway system, take an immediate exit to head up to the top of the continental divide at Loveland Pass. It's only 4 miles up to the top. The views are fantastic as this pass is one of the few in the world to remain open during the entire year, including winter.
- Stop and view wild elk in Evergreen at either the beautiful meadow appropriately named Elk Meadow (borders CO Hwy. 74), or at the scenic Evergreen Lake located downtown. The rut season will be in full force at that time of the year, so the males and their bugling will be heard throughout the area.
Denver has tons of things to see and do, so your best bet will be to visit Denver Colorado Tourist & Vacation Information
to see all of the adventures you can undertake while there.
Your trip sounds fantastic. Have a great time!