we will be traveling from illinois to colorado on a family vacation. we are in the planning stages. i am in dire need of help in deciding which area to visit. we will have one week to be there. this is what our family likes/dislikes hopefully someone can assist me. i'm at my wits end.
we are a family of 5: 10 yr old twin boys and a 15 yr old girl. we like nature, exploring, treasure hunting, possibly searching around old mines or towns. scenery. obviously from illinois i am used to FLAT so we are definitely excited about the mountains. we are planning on staying in a cabin that we will rent from the vrbo unless other cabins are suggested. we like to be private . want to try white water rafting, atving, maybe hot air balloon . we don't like touristy areas, waterparks, amusement parks. will be eating most meals at the cabin.
i appreciate any and all advice /suggestions you all have to give. any places in particular etc. we were thinking of the royal gorge area, then sand dunes area, then southwest. we have thought of all over. we are afraid that estes park may be a bit touristy for us.
thanks in advance. hopefully you can help me to save my sanity.