9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Fort Wayne
Fly + bus:  9​h
1
Boulder City
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Fort Wayne

1
night
Boulder City

Boulder City ©
A desert town with an interesting history, Boulder City was created by the United States government in 1931 to provide housing for workers building the Hoover Dam, a famous Depression-era project.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): see a world frozen in time at Nelson Ghost Town.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Boulder City journey planner .

Fort Wayne to Boulder City is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Fort Wayne to Boulder City, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Fort Wayne in June, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Boulder City: temperatures range from 102°F by day to 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Boulder City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nelson Ghost Town, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Willow Beach
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Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam
Nelson Ghost Town ©
Nelson Ghost Town
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): make a trip to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Boulder City to Mesa Verde National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Boulder City in June, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are slightly colder (89°F), and nights are much colder (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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Denver

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the galleries of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Cherry Creek State Park.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Denver, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Trails Wildlife

Side Trips

Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, Cherry Creek State Park
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Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road, and finally explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park online route planner .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

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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.
On the 22nd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and then explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs road trip planner .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©

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