Planning a family trip to Colorado, US is a cinch with the MiniTime Trip Planner. Select your travel dates then drag and drop kid-friendly hotels and places to go in Colorado. Planning ahead takes the guesswork out of your trip preparation; so once you've figured out the "when and where", you're free to explore all the "what" that this beautiful state has to offer!
The first thing you'll need to do to plan your trip to Colorado is decide between soaking up the sun or frolicking in the snow. You can' t go wrong either way; Colorado is gorgeous and full of fun all year long! Lots of popular family destinations are open year-round, offering skiing, snowboarding and more during the winter and hiking, camping, and fishing during the summer. Adventure Ridge in Vail has fun things to do for the entire family no matter the temperature, like miniature-golf, bungee trampolines, horseback riding and snowmobiling! Don't forget about dinner, Adventure Ridge has its own family-friendly restaurant called Bistro Fourteen where you can refuel after a fun-filled day of activities.
If you're planning your vacation in the winter and want more snow for less dough, there are a few things you should keep in mind so you'll get the most bang for your buck! First, keep your eyes peeled for Colorado family vacation packages which will often combine lodging and lift tickets. Also, traveling midweek keeps flight and hotel fares low with the added benefit of smaller crowds and shorter lines on the mountain. As for sports equipment, make sure to compare the costs of renting gear from your resort versus local outfitters. Because it's such a popular tourist destination, there a lot of places to go in Colorado for equipment rentals. Of course, you may end up having so much fun you'll want to purchase your own boots and board for your next family trip to Colorado!
If all this snow-talk has your teeth chattering, there are plenty of places to go in Colorado far from the frosty mountain-tops. The Denver Zoo makes for a great day trip, but come early because there's a lot to see! Walk around and take in the sights and sounds of over 3,500 animals or climb aboard the Pioneer Express zoo train and zip around the park. There's also a wooden carousel for your mini-mammals and plenty of grassy areas to picnic should you need a little snack and downtime. Another day trip idea for the whole family is a visit to the United States Mint in Denver where you can learn all about coin production. Tours are free but reservations are required, which you can make up to three months in advance.
Need a little more inspiration for your trip to Colorado? Check out the overview of Colorado family vacation destinations. You'll find photos, user reviews and detailed information on places to go, where to stay, and kid-friendly places to eat in Colorado. Remember, planning the trip is half the fun!