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Tempe to Denver drive

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  Tempe
 Payson (Arizona)
 Petrified Forest National Park
 Gallup
 Albuquerque
 Santa Fe Plaza
 Eagle Nest
 Trinidad (Colorado)
 Colorado Springs
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Tempe to Denver road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Tempe to Denver. If you're planning a road trip to Denver, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Tempe and Denver. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Tempe and Denver. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in Tempe
drive for about 1.5 hours

10:27 am  Payson (Arizona)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:27 am
drive for about 2.5 hours

2:10 pm  Petrified Forest National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:10 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:31 pm  Gallup
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:31 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:30 pm  Albuquerque
stay overnight at Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
drive for about 1.5 hours

10:18 am  Santa Fe Plaza
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:18 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:51 pm  Eagle Nest
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:51 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:35 pm  Trinidad (Colorado)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:35 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:29 pm  Colorado Springs
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 7:59 pm
drive for about 1 hour

9:07 pm  arrive in Denver
stay at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver

day 2 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Payson (Arizona)  (3 answers)

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

Gallup  (6 answers)

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
    hotels around Albuquerque:
        Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
    questions about Albuquerque:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?
        Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?
        Temporary home!
        Where to stay

Santa Fe Plaza  (7 mentions)

Eagle Nest

Trinidad (Colorado)  (3 answers)

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


Where's the best place to stay in Denver?

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 Denver.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver, which was mentioned 5 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Crawford Hotel  (3 mentions)
Hotel Teatro  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Denver?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, which was mentioned 14 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Rioja  (9 mentions)
Acorn  (9 mentions)
Root Down  (7 mentions)
Bistro Vendome  (7 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Denver?

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:

Denver Botanic Gardens  (12 mentions)
Denver Art Museum  (11 mentions)
LoDo  (11 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 Denver. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Tatum from New Jersey asked:
Short, scenic drives from Denver?  (11 answers)

profile  Drew from Ojai asked:
Best resort for advanced skier?  (10 answers)

profile  Barbara from Cambridge (Massachusetts) asked:
Activites to do with children ages 7-11  (8 answers)

profile  Rebecca from asked:
Top 5 must see attractions in Denver?  (7 answers)

profile  Trevor from Los Angeles asked:
Restaurant for dinner near Coors Field?  (7 answers)

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




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 Denver to Tempe 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 Tempe to Denver. Or get a full Tempe to Denver 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 Tempe well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Tempe!





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





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