We are a family of four (boys 13 and 16) heading to Denver 8/10. Will spend 2 days in Denver, 2 in Estes Park and then will be driving down to Colorado Springs on Wednesday until Saturday, midday flight home. We've got Garden of the Gods, Cave of the Winds, Pikes Peak (is it better to take the train vs drive?), and rafting for my husband and one son. Other possibilities...Olympic village, AirForce Academy, Royal Gorge (is there enough to see since the fires?).. is there anything else that's a must see that we're missing?
Also, any advice about the mountain driving? I already know I'll be a wreck being on the passenger side overlooking the drop offs.
(we're staying at the Microtel in Colorado Springs so anything in that vicinity is good)