10 days in Atlanta, Austin & Denver Itinerary

10 days in Atlanta, Austin & Denver Itinerary

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10 days in Atlanta, Austin & Denver Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Atlanta
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Austin
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Change things up with these side-trips from Atlanta: Arabia Mountain (in Lithonia), Stone Mountain Park (in Stone Mountain) and Chateau Elan (in Braselton). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Reynolds Nature Preserve, catch a live performance at The Fox Theatre, and get in on the family fun at SkyView Atlanta.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Atlanta sightseeing planner.

Chicago to Atlanta is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Atlanta due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in November; daily highs in Atlanta reach 64°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Austin.

Things to do in Atlanta

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trips

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center, Reynolds Nature Preserve, Chateau Elan Winery, Arabia Mountain, Stone Mountain Park
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Arabia Mountain
Arabia Mountain
Stone Mountain Park ©
Stone Mountain Park
Reynolds Nature Preserve ©
Reynolds Nature Preserve

5
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Get some historical perspective at The Alamo and San Fernando Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Austin side-trips: Barrel Barn at Garrison Brothers Distillery (in Hye), La Villita Historic Arts Village (in San Antonio) and Fredericksburg (St Mary's Catholic Church & National Museum of the Pacific War). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, ponder the world of politics at State Capitol, tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, and pause for some photo ops at Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Austin custom trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Atlanta to Austin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Atlanta to Austin. Traveling from Atlanta in November, expect Austin to be a bit warmer, temps between 71°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

San Antonio, Fredericksburg, Garrison Brothers Distillery
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Garrison Brothers Distillery ©
Garrison Brothers Distillery
National Museum of the Pacific War ©

1
night
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo and then play a few rounds at Fossil Trace Golf Club.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Denver vacation trip planner.

Getting from Austin to Denver by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Denver. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Austin in December, with highs in Denver at 42°F and lows at 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Golf

Side Trip

Fossil Trace Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Fossil Trace Golf Club ©
Fossil Trace Golf Club
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©

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