48 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Denver & Chattanooga Itinerary

48 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Denver & Chattanooga Itinerary

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48 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Denver & Chattanooga Itinerary

Start: Chattanooga
Drive:  26​h
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 14 nights
+3
bus + Fly + foot + train:  6​h 45​min
2
Denver
— 14 nights
+3
train + foot + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Chattanooga
— 16 nights
End: Chattanooga

14
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Step out of Grand Canyon National Park with an excursion to Food Tours in Los Angeles--about 1h 20 min away. On the 22nd (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along North Kaibab Trail, get great views at Hopi Point, and don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online visit planner .

Chattanooga to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 26-hour car ride. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chattanooga to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Chattanooga, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Food Tours
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

14
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Emerald Lake Trail), Boulder (Pearl Street Mall, Flatirons, & more) and Estes Park (Spas & Wellness, Horseback Riding Tours, & more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, take a memorable tour with Tours, and admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Denver online sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Grand Canyon National Park to Denver in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Denver, with lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Estes Park, Boulder, Idaho Springs, Castle Rock, Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Spas & Wellness
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

16
nights
Chattanooga

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Explore Chattanooga's surroundings by going to Ocoee (Ocoee Outdoors, Inc., Adventures Unlimited, & more), Cleveland (Mash & Hops & Cleveland Bradley County Public Library) and Bald River Falls (in Tellico Plains). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Tennessee Aquarium, take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, take some stellar pictures from Rock City, and enjoy breathtaking views from Ruby Falls.

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Traveling by combination of train, flight, and car from Denver to Chattanooga takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In October, Chattanooga is somewhat warmer than Denver - with highs of 76°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ocoee, Ellijay, Lookout Mountain, Dawsonville, Fort Oglethorpe
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tennessee Aquarium ©
Tennessee Aquarium
Ruby Falls ©
Ruby Falls

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