Ours is a family of 2 adults (both pretty healthy), 2 kids (5 yr old & 8 yr old) and my mom (cannot walk more than a 1-2 miles a day) We will be driving a rented minivan from Austin, TX to Estes Park, CO & back.
The plan is to start around 10 am Wednesday, July 16 from Austin and drive for around 10-12 hours (15 hours with stops for breaks/meals) and then hopefully stay overnight somewhere close to Pueblo, CO. I couldn't really find any decent sightseeing spots for kids between Austin and Pueblo, CO.
Our schedule is pretty open from July 17 - 20 (Thursday - Sunday). We need to be in Estes Park by around 9 pm on Sunday, July 20. We have reservations in Estes Park from Sunday, July 20 to Friday, July 25. Plan is to depart Estes Park on Friday, July 25 and drive back to Austin by 11 pm on Saturday, July 26.
I've done some preliminary research and am thinking of doing the following:
Thursday, July 17 - Pikes Peak (drive or train - will minivan be appropriate for driving up to Pikes Peak) followed by Garden of Gods.
Friday/Saturday/Sunday - July 18-20 - open - thinking about Colorado Springs, Denver, Boulder.
Monday, July 21 - Trail Ridge Road, ok with adding more spots if appropriate and doable.
Tuesday, July 22 - Thursday, July 24 - open - we are ok with doing a day trip to anywhere so long as we can be back in Estes Park by night. My mom can stay at the hotel if the trip involves a lot of walking.
What do you'll think? If my choices/scheduling seems wrong, please feel free to suggest options?
We are looking to make this a real fun trip for the kids, so any help is appreciated.
Thanks in advance.