9 days in Chattanooga & Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Chattanooga & Colorado Itinerary

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Drive
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive to Knoxville, Fly to Denver
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly

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Chattanooga

Dynamo of Dixie

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.
Change things up with a short trip to G3 Adventures in Rising Fawn (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Ruby Falls, witness the site of a historic battle at Chickamauga Battlefield, have fun and explore at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium.

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Atlanta to Chattanooga is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. October in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Colorado Springs

Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then wander the streets of Old Colorado City.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs day trip site.

Getting from Chattanooga to Colorado Springs by combination of car and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chattanooga in October; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 67°F and lows reach 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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Denver

Mile-High City

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

Before you visit Denver, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In November, daytime highs in Denver are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

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Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 3rd (Tue), go sightseeing with Estes Park Guided Tours, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park sightseeing planner.

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in November, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

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Aspen

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Step out of Aspen to go to Glenwood Springs and see Thermal Spas, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, cruise along Independence Pass, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Estes Park to Aspen in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Estes Park in November; daily highs in Aspen reach 47°F and lows reach 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.