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Colorado: 1st timers need help picking a third "area"

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Hi all - I'm surprising my hubby with a 40th birthday trip to CO. We will be there May 28th - June 4th, so over Memorial Day. We fly in and out of Denver, and I am having a difficult time trying to organize my seven nights. We are a relatively low-key couple wanting to just get away for the week and enjoy some spectacular scenery. We enjoy museums, tours, walking, sightseeing, and fine dining.

This is what we have structured so far; would appreciate help figuring out the best area to go for our middle destination.

1 - Arrive in Denver Sat morning so will have a full day at our leisure. No plans for Denver other than to catch a Rockies game either Sat night or Sunday afternoon (haven't bought tickets yet). I would really love to do the Denver Mint tour, however it does not operate on the weekends, so that won't be an option for this trip. :( I am debating now either leaving Denver on Sunday morning, or staying another full day and not leaving til Memorial Day morning.... but then I am trying to figure out, what will be open on Memorial Day that we can visit?

Still not sure if we are going to rent a car right at the airport, or wait til we're done with the Denver portion of our trip and then pick up a car at a city location.

2 - After Denver (so either leaving Sunday morning or Monday morning) would head somewhere for either 3 or 2 nights. This is the part I most need help figuring out. What would be the best area to stay in for 2/3 nights?? I've been looking for a somewhat luxury hotel, so some of the places I have considered are: Little Nell in Aspen, Westin Riverfront in Avon/Beaver Creek, and the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. So as you can see I am all over the place. If we don't stay in Aspen, I can't see getting out there this trip, but I would still like to visit the town of Breckenridge and maybe the town of Vail. And it does seem like there are a few things in Co Springs we would enjoy, such as the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Garden of the Gods as well as Pike's Peak.

3 - On Weds, travel to Estes Park where we have a house rented for three nights. This is going to be the main "relaxation" part of the trip, as we got a house that has an outdoor jacuzzi overlooking RMNP... ahhh!! Can't wait. We will for sure visit downtown EP, and I also want to do the Celestial Seasonings tour in Boulder one day. Any ideas for the EP part of the trip that you would suggest?

I guess my main concern with staying in Colorado Springs in between Denver and Estes Park, is that it is not "far" enough from either to warrant staying in a third location. I.E., we could actually visit some of the Colorado Springs stuff while staying in Denver.


What do you all think?

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