I am overwhelmed with the abundance of information and would love help planning our trip. We are flying into Denver on Thursday Sept 21 at 8:30 am and flying out at midnight on Sunday the 24th. I have the first night booked in Estes Park and the last two nights in Breckenridge. We are a family of four, the kids are 12 and 13. We like to sightsee, love seeing animals in the wild, and enjoy beautiful hikes (not more than a 2ish miles round trip at a time). We are pretty active, but I know our time is limited. Not into shopping and usually eat where we end up, but would love suggestions on restaurants we shouldn't miss (not fast food, but not $$$$).
Is there anything we should see on the way from the airport to Estes Park or should we head straight there to maximize our time in the park?
We plan on taking the scenic route from Estes Park to Breckenridge. I know we won't have time to see everything, what are the most beautiful stops/hikes along the way? We are open to leaving at any hour.
I know Breckenridge is a different forum, but if you could only pick 2-3 must see things in that area, what would they be?
Thanks for your help!