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Plan the perfect trip to Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge is one of the best winter destinations in the U.S., but this historic town is beautiful in every season.

Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains’ Tenmile Range, Breckenridge is famous for its ski resorts, Gold Rush history, and alpine activities. Breckenridge is a great day trip from Denver or Colorado Springs, but I highly recommend spending at least a couple of days here.

So this everything you need to know for planning a trip to Breckenridge, Colorado!
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Plan the perfect trip to Breckenridge, Colorado

Must-Do Activities

Winter Activities: Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing with Gold Run Nordic Center, dog sledding and snowmobiling with Good Times Adventures, and skiing/snowboarding. Breckenridge has five peaks, 2,908 skiable acres, 187 trails, four terrain parks, and the tallest chairlift in North America.

Year-Round Activities: Ride the gondola, see the Breckenridge Troll, explore historic Main Street, ice skate at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena, and have a spa day at Blue Sage Spa.

Warm-Weather Activities: Alpine Coaster, golf, hiking, and fishing.

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Plan the perfect trip to Breckenridge, Colorado

When To Go

November – April is Ski Season. These months average 300 inches of annual snowfall and daytime temps in the upper 20s. Temperatures are warmest in November and April, so some ski runs won’t be open during these two months.

Ski Season has peak prices and tourist numbers. So if you’re on a budget, avoid weekends and holidays, and go near the beginning or end of the season.

Breckenridge is a very budget-friendly destination from May – October. Daytime temperatures will only peak in the low 70s in July, so you’ll want layers for the mornings and evenings.

While Breckenridge is known for its skiing and snow activities, there’s incredible hiking, golfing, and fishing here in the non-ski months.

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Plan the perfect trip to Breckenridge, Colorado

Where To Eat

My Favorites: Aurum Food & Wine (American, Bar $$$$), Blue River Bistro (American $$-$$$), Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant ($$-$$$), Swiss Haven Restaurant (Fondue $$), Breckenridge Brewery & Pub ($).

Breakfast: Columbine Cafe ($$-$$$), La Francaise French Bakery ($$-$$$), Blue Moose Restaurant ($$-$$$), Daylight Donuts ($).

For Burgers: The Canteen ($$-$$$), Empire Burger ($$-$$$), Flip Side Breckenridge ($$), Kenosha Breck ($$).

International: Mountain Flying Fish (Japanese, Sushi, Seafood $$-$$$), BoLD Restaurant and Bar (Mediterranean $$-$$$), Le Petit Paris (French $$).

For Pizza: Downstairs at Eric’s ($$-$$$), Michael’s Italian Restaurant ($$-$$$), Giampietro Pizzeria ($$-$$$).

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Plan the perfect trip to Breckenridge, Colorado

Where To Stay

If you want to experience Breckenridge like a local and have all the room and amenities you could want, then check out the Best Airbnbs in Breckenridge.

Breckenridge is full of resorts, lodges, inns, and hotels for every budget and preference. If you’re staying here during Ski Season, then book ahead to ensure you’ll get a room.

This could be a great destination to cash in some reward points from the best travel credit cards!

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Plan the perfect trip to Breckenridge, Colorado
Plan the perfect trip to Breckenridge, Colorado
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Scenic Drives

Boreas Pass and Mt. Baldy Road. Start at the Railroad Park, an open-air museum dedicated to the town’s pioneer history. Next, head up Boreas Pass Road. About a mile after you leave the Railroad Park, you’ll see a pull-off on the left where you’ll have stunning views of the Tenmile Range. Then turn off Boreas Pass Road onto Mt. Baldy Road (it’ll be on your left about half a mile past the pull-off) and stop at another pull-off in about 300 yards on your left. Finally, continue on Mt. Baldy Road and visit Country Boy Mine.

Lake Dillon Loop. Take Highway 9 North from Breckenridge, then turn right on Swan Mountain Road, which you’ll stay on until you come back down the mountain. Next, you’ll turn left on Highway 7, which will take you through the towns of Dillon and Silverthorne. Then you’ll take Dillon Dam Road to Frisco, where’ll you get on Highway 9 South back to Breckenridge.

Lake Dillon freezes during the winter, and from Dillon, there are designated routes for you to walk across it. My favorite pull-offs and scenic stops along this route are Sapphire Point and Marina Park in Dillon.

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