Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs are all great family vacation destinations, with plenty of museums, kid-friendly restaurants and accommodations, and parks to romp around in--not to mention easy access to the Rocky Mountains.
1. Arrive in Denver
As with the 1-week itinerary, start in Denver and base your time there out of downtown. However, kid-friendly destinations are more far-flung, so rent a car from the get-go.
2–3. Explore Denver
Start with a stop at Confluence Park before boarding the Platte Valley Trolley); then hit the Children’s Museum and the Downtown Aquarium. For dinner, Casa Bonita is a beloved birthday place where the kids can run around while the parents soak in the kitsch. On the third day, hit the Colorado State Capitol and the U.S. Mint in the morning, and then head to the southern suburbs to Wildlife Experience or to City Park, home of the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
4–5. Explore Colorado Springs
Leave Denver on the fourth morning, arriving in downtown Colorado Springs in time to have a romp in the water feature at nearby Acacia Park followed by lunch at Meadow Muffins, in Old Colorado City. In the afternoon, visit Garden of the Gods before returning downtown for dinner at Giuseppe’s Old Depot Restaurant. Center your next day on Manitou Springs and a trip up Pikes Peak by car or rail.
6–7. Explore Boulder & Rocky Mountain National Park
Return north on the sixth day of your trip. En route to Boulder, stop off U.S. 36 at the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster. Visit Pearl Street Mall and Celestial Seasonings in the afternoon. On your last day, make a trip up to Estes Park for a quick taste of the Rockies.
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