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Family Travel

I've read some of the posts about family travel and found them very informative... almost too! Now I'm really not sure what the best itinerary is for us. We have two very active 9 year olds and two semi-wimpy parents who like their creature comforts. We're less interested in Denver and more interested in the smaller cities and mountains, combining outdoorsy fun (hiking, fishing, riding, etc.) with some in-town fun (e.g., biking, museums).

After reading through forums and looking up other stuff online, we're currently thinking maybe Colorado Springs/Boulder/Ft Collins (the latter because we heard it's a great place to live, and thought we might check it out while we are there... hey, you never know!). Am I barking up the wrong tree?

We will have probably around 10 days to spend, though it may be as few as 7 or as many as 12. It would be fun to have a mix of accommodations (e.g., few days in a nice cabin; few days in a resort, etc.).

Insights? Ideas?

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1. Re: Family Travel

Colorado Springs is great for families, lots of attractions, museums, etc. http://www.pikes-peak.com/Page/46.aspx

Colorado Springs, Boulder and Fort Collins are not really in the mountains.

For the outdoorsy stuff in a small town in the mountains, look at Breckenridge, Grand Lake and Estes Park. You can do Boulder and Fort Collins as a day trip from Estes Park. The mountains will be cooler in the summer for those outdoor activities.

A nice balance would be to split your time between the Springs, Breck and Estes. Estes does get really busy from mid-June to mid-August. Coming from Washington D.C., you probably will not think it is crowded.

Resort accommodations --Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Of course, Breckenridge is a ski resort that has become a year round resort. www.gobreck.com If you look on the Breckenridge forum in the Top Questions on the right, there is great list of things to do in Summit County.

Estes Park has plenty of cabins, condos and vacation homes. www.estesparkcvb.com is an excellent source of information. Oh and there is that neighbor to Estes Park known as Rocky Mountain National Park. :) There are some wonderful cabins for Estes Park on www.vrbo.com

When do you want to come?

Edited: 21 April 2012, 03:12
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2. Re: Family Travel

Thanks for your input! To answer your question, we are planning for late July or sometime in August.

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3. Re: Family Travel

Colorado Springs:

Cave of the Winds www.caveofthewinds.com

Cog Railway is wonderful www.cograilway.com

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Will Rogers Shrine to the Sun:

http://www.cmzoo.org/

Seven Falls www.sevenfalls.com

Helen Hunt Falls (free)

Garden of the Gods:

http://www.gardenofthegods.com/ (free)

http://www.flyingw.com/ great chuckwagon outdoor dinner experience the whole family will enjoy

http://www.usafa.af.mil/information/visitors/ Air Force Academy

Figure Skating Museum:

http://www.worldskatingmuseum.org/

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Museum:

http://www.prorodeohalloffame.com/joomla/

teamusa.org/About-the-USOC/Training-Centers-…

Olympic Training Center

Explore Manitou Springs (by Cog Railway) further and go beyond there to nearby Woodland Park (an even more mountain atmosphere)

http://www.city-woodlandpark.org/home/

Continue on past Woodland Park to nearby Florissant Fossil Beds, enjoy the view, take a walk and more (kids can do junior ranger stuff there):

http://www.nps.gov/flfo/index.htm

About an hr. from Colorado Springs is Canon City. Visit the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park (four hrs. is how long it took us to enjoy/take it in):

www.royalgorgebridgeandpark.com

https:/… Drury Inn Pikes Peak, great food all throughout the day included, recliner in the room, next to Cracker Barrel and Famous Daves, neat pool you go underneath and swim from the indoor pool to the rest of it outdoors. For a bigger pool try BW Academy across the street. We enjoyed the food at Drury but considered both http://www.theacademyhotel.com/

Edited: 21 April 2012, 04:00
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4. Re: Family Travel

Wow, what a great list. Thank you so much!

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5. Re: Family Travel

You will find this topic very helpful for Estes Park, RMNP and Grand Lake.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g33451-i2162-k5287…

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6. Re: Family Travel

Here's some ideas for places in the mountains and away from the Front Range cities!

- For cabins and activities look at th YMCA centers, one in Estes Park and one near Winter Park. /www.ymcarockies.org

-For a resort area, look at Keystone, Winter Park, Steamboat Springs, Aspen. Plenty to do each place.

-Visit Buena Vista/Salida area for jeep tours, fishing, rafting, St Elmo Ghost Town, hot springs, zipline!. Also nearby is Great Sand Dunes Nat Park. Do some sledding down the dunes, plus see the Alligator Farm www.nps.gov/grsa www.nowthisiscolorado.com www.gatorfarm.com/

-Glenwood Springs for hot springs and adventure center with a cave. http://glenwoodcaverns.com/index.php

-Head to the SW corner of the state for Durango, Silverton, train, Mesa Verde NP, fishing, biking, tubing, 4x4 etc.

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7. Re: Family Travel

Zammaz, about living in Fort Collins, I live in Windsor with a Fort Collins zip code. I am a transplant having chosen to move here after many years of vacationing in all parts of Colorado. Yes, the Fort Collins area is a great place to live, but I would not consider it a vacation destination.

The link I gave in reply #5 contains detailed "things to do" for Estes, RMNP and Grand Lake.

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