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Denver to Pasadena drive

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Denver to Pasadena road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Denver to Pasadena. If you're planning a road trip to Pasadena, 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

10:00 am  start in Denver
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:40 am  Vail
eat at Minturn Saloon
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:40 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

2:58 pm  Grand Junction
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:58 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

6:15 pm  Arches National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Arches National Park
drive for about 3 hours

2:04 pm  Fillmore
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:04 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:40 pm  Cedar City
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Cedar City
drive for about 2 hours

12:12 pm  Valley of Fire State Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:12 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

4:57 pm  Barstow
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:57 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:35 pm  arrive in Pasadena
eat at Cacao Mexicatessen

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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Enter a city to drive through on the way from Denver to Pasadena.

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)
Arches National Park  (32 mentions)
Cedar City  (4 answers)
Valley of Fire State Park  (11 mentions)
Barstow  (11 answers)
    restaurants around Barstow:
        Del Taco
    questions about Barstow:
        What's the best neighborhood in Barstow for a first time visitor?

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Pasadena, California.

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

Where's the best place to eat in Pasadena?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Cacao Mexicatessen, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

El Tepeyac CafĂ©  (2 mentions)
King Taco Restaurant  (2 mentions)
The Oinkster  (2 mentions)
Tops  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Pasadena? Click the blue button below.

What are some things to do in Pasadena?

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:

Echo Park  (10 mentions)
Rose Bowl Stadium  (10 mentions)
Dodger Stadium  (9 mentions)
Descanso Gardens  (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 Pasadena. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Katie Simons from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Pasadena?  (6 answers)

 Katie Simons from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Pasadena?  (4 answers)

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

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 Pasadena 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 Pasadena. Or get a full Denver to Pasadena 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 1,010 miles
driving time of 15 hours, 9 minutes
Pasadena is 1 hour behind Denver
149 Denver travel answers
52 Vail travel answers
13 Grand Junction travel answers
4 Cedar City travel answers
11 Barstow travel answers
32 Pasadena travel answers

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