If you're in Denver and you are planning your next great RV road trip, there's no better place to head than the capital of the Empire State of the South, Atlanta. There's plenty to see while on a Denver to Atlanta road trip from scenic landscapes, lush forests and windy plains to culturally fascinating cities and landmarks. Plan ahead in order to make time for stops in cities like Independence, MO, which is home to remarkable attractions like the Truman Presidential Library. If you're interested in Civil War history, Nashville and Chattanooga are well worth the time as well.
A trip to a national park is a great opportunity to learn more about nature, conservation and history—all while having a great deal of fun. Luckily, there are some national parks that you can easily access on your way to Atlanta from Denver. Visit our national park guide to learn more about these sites.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Located approximately two hours northwest of the Denver area, Rocky Mountain National Park is a must-see site. The shortest route goes north on Highway 36 through Boulder to Estes Park, approximately 66 miles from Denver, and then takes you across Highway 34 into this national park. Once in the park, you'll get to spend quality time enjoying the 359 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails; 416 square miles of mountains, streams and lakes; and diverse wildlife like elk, moose and eagles.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park bestrides the border between Tennessee and North Carolina and is a few hours north of Atlanta. The park, which spans more than 522,000 acres, features over 900 miles of hiking trails and more than 2,100 miles of rivers and streams. One of the highlights is the park's flora, a combination of deciduous and conifer forests, as well as over 4,400 species of flowering plants, including orchids, wild azaleas, rhododendrons, mountain laurels and mountain magnolias, among others. Aside from the beautiful flora, there's also a wide variety of wild animals that call this park home. With lots of exciting things to see in this park, it comes as no surprise that it's the most visited national park in America.
Another way you can add fun to your Denver to Atlanta RV road trip is by exploring one of the many state parks along the way. Be sure to check out RVshare's state park guide to find the most popular state parks you can visit.
Pamona State Park
Located in Vassar, Kansas, Pamona State Park is one of the state parks within an easy drive of Kansas City. A drive to this park from Kansas City will take approximately an hour and 20 minutes. The park features woodland and grassland areas where you can enjoy picnicking and explore the nearby wildlife.
Lewis and Clark State Park
Avid bird-watchers cannot afford to miss Lewis and Clark State Park, which is situated in Rushville, Missouri. The state park is home to many species of birds, including swans, eagles, geese, snowy egrets and great blue herons. Aside from being a true bird-watchers' paradise, this state park is also an excellent destination for picnicking, hiking and fishing enthusiasts.
Katy Trail State Park
Another state park that's certainly a good option on your Denver to Atlanta road trip is Katy Trail State Park, which is a state park in Missouri. At approximately 240 miles long, this state park spans nearly the full width of the state, which makes it the longest continuous rail-trail in the country. It intersects scenic small towns, rural farmland, commerce centers and government properties on its path paralleling the Missouri River.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
If you enjoy learning about U.S. history, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is one of the places you should include in your road trip itinerary from Denver to Atlanta. This is a presidential library and museum focusing on the 34th president of the U.S., Dwight Eisenhower, who served as president from 1953 to 1961. It's conveniently located in Abilene, Kansas, about 2 miles south of I-70 on K-15. Be sure to explore the various parts of the museum, including the Eisenhower Library, Eisenhower Museum, visitors center, his boyhood home and the Place of Meditation.
St. Louis Zoological Park
Located in Forest Park in St. Louis, the St. Louis Zoological Park occupies over 90 acres and is home to more than 17,000 animals from 600 species. The zoo, which opened in 1910, is recognized today as a leading location in animal conservation, management, research and education. Highlights of the zoo include the Lakeside Crossing, River's Edge, Discovery Corner, Historic Hill, The Wild and Red Rocks. In addition, what makes the St. Louis Zoological Park the most-visited attraction in the region is that it's one of the nation's only zoos that are free of charge.
Delta Blues Museum
For music lovers, the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS, is a site that's worth adding to the Denver to Atlanta road trip itinerary. Established in 1979, this small museum carries the reputation of being the oldest music museum in the state. Housed in the Yazoo and Mississippi River Valley Railroad depot, the museum presents delta blues music history through artifacts, written word, photos, costumes and instruments. Before proceeding to Atlanta, be sure to head to the Delta Blues Museum to learn more about the history and legacy of delta blues and its influence on modern-day music. You can access this museum if your road trip route takes you on I-22 from the Memphis area through Mississippi.
Your road trip from Denver to Atlanta will take you through several cities that offer road trippers plenty of interesting sights to see as well as campgrounds with dump stations. Consider stopping by any of these main cities to enrich your tour.
Located 13 miles west of the Colorado-Kansas border, Burlington, Colorado, is a modest place that possesses great small-town charm and character. Burlington is located about 166 miles from Denver, and it follows the I-70 and U.S. 24 route. The two cities are about 2 hours and 25 minutes apart if you drive without stopping. If you’re planning to stay overnight, you can stay in one of the campgrounds near the city, which include Shady Grove Campground, Goodland KOA and Campland RV Park. For the safe and efficient disposal of waste, you can head to any of the nearby Burlington RV dump stations, such as Pilot Flying J Travel Plaza, Limon KOA Campground, Genoa RV Park and Shady Grove Campground.
Topeka, Kansas' capital city, is another vibrant city that you'll pass on your way from Denver to Atlanta. It's home to captivating road trip attractions, including the Topeka Zoo, Capitol Building and Lake Shawnee. You can consider staying overnight at one of the campgrounds and RV parks in Topeka, which include Deer Creek Valley RV Park and Sycamore Acres RV Park. If you have waste to dispose, you can go to the Topeka Hilltop Campground, which is not only a safe campground but also among the conveniently located Topeka campgrounds that house RV dump stations.
Also known as Music City, Nashville is the capital of and most populous city in Tennessee. While this city is renowned for its country and pop scene, there's much more to do here than simply listening and dancing. Some of the iconic locations worth exploring when in Nashville include the Grand Ole Opry, the Johnny Cash Museum, Ryman Auditorium and Shelby Bottoms Nature Center & Greenway. If you need to relax for several hours, you can head to one of the many campgrounds in Nashville, which include the Clarksville RV Park and Anderson Road Campground. There are also several Nashville RV dump stations like Nashville I-24 Campground, Nashville North KOA and Two Rivers Campground, among others.
Luckily for road trippers, there are plenty of must-see attractions between Denver and Atlanta. Whether you're a family looking to spend quality time together or a group of friends looking for a new adventure, a Denver to Atlanta road trip is guaranteed to be memorable. Start by renting an RV in Denver, or you can also choose to make a reservation in Atlanta for your trip back. Either way, an RV is sure to heighten the experience of one of the finest road trips the country has to offer.