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Denver to Lake Tahoe drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days



Denver to Lake Tahoe road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Denver to Lake Tahoe. If you're planning a road trip to Lake Tahoe, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Denver
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:40 pm  Vail
eat at Minturn Saloon
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:40 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:58 pm  Grand Junction
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Grand Junction
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:20 pm  Manti
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:20 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

5:50 pm  Ely (Nevada)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Ely (Nevada)
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:17 am  Eureka (Nevada)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:17 pm
drive for about 3 hours

3:22 pm  Fallon
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:22 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:58 pm  arrive in Lake Tahoe
stay at Heavenly

day 3 driving ≈ 6 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Denver, Colorado.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.




How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.




Where should I stop along the way?

Vail  (52 answers)
    restaurants around Vail:
        Minturn Saloon
    questions about Vail:
        Outlet for ski clothing?
        Summer Restaurants in Vail
Grand Junction  (13 answers)
Manti  (2 answers)
Ely (Nevada)
Eureka (Nevada)
Fallon




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Lake Tahoe.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.




Where's the best place to stay in Lake Tahoe?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Lake Tahoe.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Heavenly, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Want to research more popular hotels in Lake Tahoe? Click the blue button below.






What are some things to do in Lake Tahoe?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Emerald Bay  (6 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Lake Tahoe. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Debbie Lee from San Francisco asked:
Non-snow-related things to do in Lake Tahoe  (3 answers)

 Liz Sessler from Washington asked:
Looking for breweries, hikes and restaurants around Lake Tahoe.  (3 answers)

 kym hodakowski from Raleigh asked:
Best part of Lake Tahoe to stay  (2 answers)

 Trevor Morrow from Los Angeles asked:
Hotel, inns, or cabin rental recommendations in Lake Tahoe?  (1 answer)

 Elaina Ricker from asked:
What to see, eat, and do in Lake Tahoe?  (1 answer)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Lake Tahoe.






Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Lake Tahoe to Denver drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Denver to Lake Tahoe. Or get a full Denver to Lake Tahoe flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Denver well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Denver!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,020 miles
driving time of 16 hours, 9 minutes
Lake Tahoe is 1 hour behind Denver
147 Denver travel answers
52 Vail travel answers
13 Grand Junction travel answers
2 Manti travel answers
41 Lake Tahoe travel answers





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