We will be finishing off a four week trip to the US and Canada next June and I am planning a break in your region before flying home to Australia. I always have some difficulty with trip planning because my main interests are in natural beauty and wildlife, while my wife likes cities and cruises. So far for this trip my wife is well in front as we will be visiting DC, NYC, Toronto, Montreal, then cruise to Boston. I was looking to break up the trip from Boston to LA for our flight home, and the Denver region looks like my type of place.
We are in our early 60's, and I have a stuffed back which limits my walking capacity. I am also a petrol head and have followed the Pikes Peak event for years. We have no interest in museums and cultural activities.
We will have three nights in the region, so effectively only two full days. I am thinking that I cannot do both Pikes Peak country and the Rocky Mountains National Park, but the Peak, Royal Gorge, cliff dwellings, etc appear more attractive to me. I would hire a car from DIA for this and I particularly want to drive Pikes Peak, even though it will probably be all sealed by then, is a toll road, and has a 25mph speed limit (It is a bloke thing).
So, do you think that staying at Colorado Springs would be best, or in Denver and try to fit in a trip to the RMNP as well?