Hi. Looking for ideas for a road trip starting and ending in Denver in early August. My kids are 6, 9, 12.
We love baseball, hockey, natural beauty, quirky local flavor, history and science, and comfort –that is, we are not campers or extreme-adventurers, not that we can afford luxury. I like having everything figured out beforehand. I prefer not to drive more than 2-4 hours at a time and like the idea of staying more than one night where it's worth it. I have 10-12 days.
Was thinking of an itinerary that includes:
-caves of the winds
-great sand dunes
-south park city (that is, the "authentic cowboy town?").
I can research Denver, but would appreciate the inside scoop on the rest. When I look at above, it is a partial circle. How would you close it, circle or other shape, back to Denver?
For example, is Rocky Mountain Park or Boulder or Dinosaur Monument worth adding? Or, if you DON'T recommend some part of my itinerary sketch and have alternatives, I'd like your opinion as well.
What would you recommend, in between or nearby these stops?
Where would you make as a base for any of these stops?
I've seen some great ideas for food stops and unusual attractions from your community for other trips: do you have any for this one?
Anything of interest in Pueblo, Salida, Frisco, or Boulder?
Any comments about the weather?
THANK YOU, DEAR RTA, FOR SUCH A RESOURCE. So much to study it's overwhelming!