9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Owensboro
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
End: Owensboro

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Canon City to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs journey planner .

Owensboro to Colorado Springs is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Owensboro to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Owensboro in July, expect little chillier with lows of 58°F in Colorado Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 9th (Tue), trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls.

Before you visit Rocky Mountain National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

2
nights
Denver

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Coors Field, get a sense of history and politics at Colorado State Capitol, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Denver are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. July in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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