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Denver to Tempe drive

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 Colorado Springs
 Trinidad (Colorado)
 Eagle Nest
 Museum Of International Folk Art
 Petrified Forest National Park
 Payson (Arizona)
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV


Denver to Tempe road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Denver to Tempe. If you're planning a road trip to Tempe, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Denver and Tempe. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Denver and Tempe. Find the best hotels, restaurants, 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 hour

11:10 am  Colorado Springs
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 12:40 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:36 pm  Trinidad (Colorado)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:36 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:20 pm  Eagle Nest
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:20 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:55 pm  Museum Of International Folk Art
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

 Day 2

8:00 am  leave from Museum Of International Folk Art
drive for about 1.5 hours

9:17 am  Albuquerque
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 11:17 am
drive for about 2 hours

1:18 pm  Gallup
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:18 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:54 pm  Petrified Forest National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:54 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

7:38 pm  Payson (Arizona)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 8:38 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

10:00 pm  arrive in Tempe
stay at Hotel Valley Ho

day 2 driving ≈ 9 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Colorado Springs  (66 answers)
    Garden of the Gods  (16 mentions)
    United States Air Force Academy  (4 mentions)
    U.S. Olympic Training Center  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Colorado Springs:
        The Cliff House at Pikes Peak
    questions about Colorado Springs:
        Camping at Garden of the Gods / Seven Falls
        1 day white water rafting trips
        Couples trip to Colorado Springs

Trinidad (Colorado)  (3 answers)

Eagle Nest

Museum Of International Folk Art  (3 mentions)

Albuquerque  (94 answers)
    Old Town Albuquerque  (3 mentions)
    New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science  (2 mentions)
    Explora!  (2 mentions)
    Nob Hill  (2 mentions)
    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Albuquerque:
        Frontier Restaurant
        Standard Diner
        Frontier Restaurant
    questions about Albuquerque:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?
        Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?
        Temporary home!
        Where to stay

Gallup  (6 answers)

Petrified Forest National Park  (6 answers)
    Petrified Forest National Park  (2 mentions)

Payson (Arizona)  (3 answers)

Where's the best place to stay in Tempe?

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 Tempe.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Valley Ho, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

W Scottsdale Hotel  (4 mentions)
Graduate Tempe  (2 mentions)

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

Where's the best place to eat in Tempe?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Pizzeria Bianco, which was mentioned 13 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Chelsea's Kitchen  (6 mentions)
Pig & Pickle  (6 mentions)
Cornish Pasty Co  (4 mentions)
Cafe Lalibela  (4 mentions)

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

What are some things to do in Tempe?

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:

Camelback Mountain  (15 mentions)
Old Town Scottsdale  (9 mentions)
Cornish Pasty Co  (6 mentions)
Papago Park  (4 mentions)
Mill Avenue  (4 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 Tempe. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Tempe?  (2 answers)

profile  Jessie from Chino asked:
What to do in Tempe with my husband and no kids!  (1 answer)

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

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 Tempe 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 Tempe. Or get a full Denver to Tempe 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!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 856 miles
driving time of 12 hours, 33 minutes
Tempe is 1 hour behind Denver
192 Denver travel answers
66 Colorado Springs travel answers
3 Trinidad (Colorado) travel answers
94 Albuquerque travel answers
6 Gallup travel answers
6 Petrified Forest National Park travel answers
3 Payson (Arizona) travel answers
7 Tempe travel answers


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