11 days in Colorado & Tennessee Itinerary

11 days in Colorado & Tennessee Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado & Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Kingsport
Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  8​h
5
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Columbia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Kingsport


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2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip maker .

Kingsport to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Kingsport in August, expect Aspen to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 8th (Thu), stroll around Buena Vista River Park, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then soothe aching muscles at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa.

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Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of The Abbey Events Complex, then explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Canon City itinerary builder website .

Getting from Buena Vista to Canon City by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in August; daily highs in Canon City reach 89°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Abbey Events Complex ©
The Abbey Events Complex

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 10th (Sat), trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park route tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Canon City to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Canon City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): make a trip to Graceland, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Hampson Museum State Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Collierville TN Historic District, then don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Memphis in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park to Memphis is 1 hour. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, Memphis is a bit warmer at night with lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Columbia.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, Collierville TN Historic District
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Hampson Archeological Museum State Park ©

2
nights
Columbia

Columbia ©
Columbia is a city in and the county seat of Maury County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the history at Carter House, then take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin, and finally get engrossed in the history at McLemore House. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at President James K. Polk Home & Museum, see the interesting displays at Carnton, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jackson Falls.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Columbia trip planner .

You can drive from Memphis to Columbia in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Columbia

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Franklin, Jackson Falls
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carnton ©
Carnton
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

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