Southeast Kansas!! The Goosers' got relatives in the town of Cherryvale...
Great country there! too may chiggars for me... :shock:
To vacation in Colorado - and want to entertain yourself with dinosaurs - the best place in the Western US is "Dinosaur Natl Monument" in extreme Northwest Colorado - really cool country, Butch Cassidy and the Kids hideouts are there. The main lodge that includes the dig is really something to see. It is however, a good 5 hour drive from Denver area.
Dinosaurs in the Denver area - there is a small site that includes a nature walk along a shale hogback (foothill mountains) it is basically an informational hike with display boards along the way...the name of this place is "Dinosaur Ridge." in Morrison, Colorado Most of the nature walk is actually on a pedestrian way along a road. ((but, still worth your time))
You could do this 'pit stop' on the way to Estes Park...
You have picked a good year to visit as we've had a lot of snow this Winter and rain this Spring - the mountains are absolutely beautiful!!
I tend to avoid the I-70 corridor - west of Denver. This includes the towns of Dillion, Vail, Glenwood Springs. However, Glenwood Springs is an interesting town with much to do and see there - that the family will enjoy...the drive thru Glenwood Canyon itself (I-70) is spectacular if you've never seen it... I will caution you however, that traffic along this highway can be extreme on the Summer weekends.
I agree - Estes Park thru "The Big Thompson Canyon" is a good destination...but, the must see while in Estes - is the drive thru Rocky Mountain National Park over Trail Ridge Road into the town of Grandby.
:wink: Touristy - but, gorgeous!!!!!!!
Feel free to email this 53 year old Colorado Native for my favorite haunts... GOOSER!