We are planning a trip from the UK in July this year. We are most likely to fly in and out of Denver. We appreciate it is a massive state with lots to see so we have narrowed our area of interest to SW and South Central. We don't like to move on constantly as we prefer to unpack and have days out from one place at a time to allow time to get to know an area and have a few hikes, activities etc. Therefore we are looking at probably 4 different locations for 3 or 4 nights in each with a drive between each location. We would welcome suggestions for a suitable route. We could consider a one way route from Denver and then fly back to Denver at the end from a smaller airport.
The sort of things we like to do are hiking, rafting, sightseeing, shopping and eating and drinking! Ideally we like to be able to walk out in the evenings to eat and drink without taking the car.
Any help would be much appreciated.