my family and I (two daughters aged 6 & 10) will be travelling from Australia to the USA in September this year. We have around 6-7 nights in Colorado, will be flying in to Denver, heading down to Colorado Springs and eventually driving through New Mexico to Santa Fe.
Our first stop after the long haul flight via Los Angeles will be in Denver. I am trying to figure out whether we would be better off spending 3 nights in Denver or Boulder. We would like to visit the Rocky Mountains, however, will not be doing a lot of strenuous hiking as my six year old won't manage a lot. Due to time constraints, a full day at the Rocky Mountains will be all we can manage with the possibility of a night in Estes park. Would 2 nights in Denver and than a night at Estes Park be a good suggestion, or could we do the Rocky Mountains in a day trip and stay based at either Boulder or Denver? We are interested in seeing wildlife & lakes etc and also visiting museums, sampling regional foods and doing some shopping. We love the idea of being out with nature but I am not a camping type of person and like good restaurants and nice hotels! Any suggestions on where to stay in either Boulder or Denver would be great.
We plan to drive down to Colorado Springs and spend 3 nights at the Broadmoor hotel. It has been suggested to me that two nights in Colorado Springs will be enough but I figure that we will spend at least a day just relaxing and enjoying the resort without doing any sightseeing.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.