Beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado is more than just home to one of the nation’s most famous ski resorts; it’s a quaint ski town full of culture, natural beauty, and charm. Breckenridge is a destination for tourists year-round. Ski bums flock to Breck to hit the slopes during the winter, but Breckenridge is also a popular destination in the summertime—attracting hikers and mountain bikers wanting to take in Breckenridge’s entire Rocky Mountain splendor.
- Main Street
There’s nothing more charming than the historic downtown of a Rocky Mountain ski town. Main Street in Breckenridge offers the perfect, quaint afternoon stroll. It houses a variety of shops and galleries—some full of quirky knick-knacks and others focusing on higher-end arts and goods. Whether you’re in the market for a touristy scarf or an original painting, you are bound to find something you like in the shops of Main Street! And even if you strike out in the shopping arena, there are plenty of excellent restaurants and coffee shops along Main Street for you to enjoy when you take a break from shopping. Be sure to stop by the Info Center when you first arrive to pick up a guide so that you can learn more about the town’s historical buildings as you walk along Main Street.
- The International Snow Sculpture Championships
Every January, artists from around the world meet in Breckenridge to show off their designs at the annual International Snow Sculpture Championships. Spectators can view the snow sculptures being created during every step at the process—up until the final judgment. They can attend educational activities to learn more about the art of snow sculpting and can enjoy an additional gallery of wintery artwork in the Ice Village, which is packed to the brim of intricately fascinating ice carvings.
- Boreas Pass Road
A no-brainer for Breckenridge residents, this scenic drive is easy to overlook… it’s one of those things you just might have to see to believe, so go see for yourself! This drive is a perfect demonstration of Colorado’s most breath-taking scenery and is gorgeous in all seasons! The relatively quick drive has some of the best views of the fall foliage with its valleys full of Colorado’s famous golden aspens. It is an easy enough drive, but the road can become difficult to maneuver in tough winter conditions.
- Cultural Cuisine
Dig into Breckenridge’s dining scene and explore various cultures at the same time. The variety of cultural cuisine available in Breckenridge is bound to delight both the most serious foodie… and the average Joe alike! Nearly every type of international cuisine can be found in this small mountain town. Pizza from Giampietro Pasta and Pizzeria tops the charts for Italian fare. The authentic Italian flavors are divine, but since the restaurant is located on Main Street, there is often a wait during peak dining hours. Crepes a la Cart is another restaurant spot you won’t want to miss! Tucked away right off of Main Street, this authentic French crepe stand is to die for; the crepes are made-to-order and are the perfect post-ice-skating treat. There’s no better way to warm up than by enjoying a completely customized crepe while enjoying the small-town mountain ambiance. Rasta Pasta puts a unique twist on the traditional Italian dining experience by adding a complete Rastafarian environment—reggae music included! And for those wanting to go the more standard route, breakfast at the Salt Creek Steakhouse is a local favorite. The biscuits and gravy for breakfast offer a hearty opportunity to fuel up before a day on the slopes.
- Breckenridge Transportation
Breckenridge has plenty of unique transportation options that will give any visitor a true mountain experience, during any time of the year! One of the most popular (and most unique!) opportunities to explore Breckenridge’s transportation is its offering of dog sledding. That’s right—real, live dogs that pull you on a sled show you what the arctic lifestyle is all about! Dog Sledding is also available in the summer; the dogs are attached to off-roading sleds for a thrilling summer experience. The gondola in Breckenridge is another mode of transportation that cannot be missed! The gondola is free of cost and brings you to another selection of restaurants and activities higher up on the mountain.
- Dew Tour
Every December, Breckenridge becomes home to thousands of professional skiers and snowboarders, as well extreme winter sport fans as the Dew Tour begins. The Dew Tour is a weekend full of extreme sports competition and concerts—an affordable and unforgettable way to see the likes of Shaun White and Scotty Lago in person and in action. And if you’re not star struck enough by them, rumor has it that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are performing at this year’s Dew Tour!
- Quandary Peak
You aren’t a true Coloradan until you’ve hiked a 14er or two! Quandary Peak is one of Colorado’s fifty-three 14ers—and one of its most famous, at that. Located near Breckenridge, Quandary Peak can be hiked, climbed, and mountaineered by visitors. Quandary Peak offers some of the most hikeable trails, but be warned: hiking a 14er is not for the faint of heart! Steep inclines are inevitable, so proper preparation must be taken. That being said, you can see incredible Rocky Mountain views while hiking Quandary Peak, and you might even see some mountain goats on the side of the trail along the way! And there’s really no greater feeling of accomplishment than reaching the summit.
- Unique Annual Festivals
Besides the Snow Sculpture Championships and the Dew Tour, Breckenridge is home to a handful of other unique annual events—events that alone are worth the trip! Every year during Labor Day weekend, Breck hosts a rubber duck race to support the Summit Foundation. Thousands of children and families participate in the event and send their duckies on the race of a lifetime down the stream. Oktoberfest also takes place in Breckenridge over a weekend in September. Main Street is put on lockdown for a few days and overrun by the best Apline vendors so that festival attendees can partake in the area’s best brauts, sauerkraut, and beer. And don’t forget the polka! Breckenridge’s Oktoberfest is one of the state’s largest and most well attended.
- Gold Runner Coaster
If you think that Breckenridge only sounds appealing in the wintertime, think again! One of the most exciting centers in Breckenridge is only open during the summer. There are so many adventurous ways to fill your summer day at the Breck Summer Fun Park! Families can compete in mini golf, pan for gold, jump on the massive trampolines, cruise down the alpine slide, ride the chairlift, and explore the maze in the fun center all in one day! But the highlight of the fun center is the Gold Runner Coaster. This alpine coaster speeds through the trees, giving you a whole new perspective on the mountain!
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but Breckenridge has a skiing component that many often forget about. While traditional downhill skiing and snowboarding are musts in Breckenridge, you definitely should consider mixing things up and learning how to cross-country ski at the Nordic Center in Breckenridge. Not only will you get a phenomenal workout (and really admire all of those Olympic cross country skiers!), you will get the chance to explore a completely different part of the mountain.
I had a hard time narrowing the list down to only ten, and you know what that means! There’s so much more to see and do and experience in Breckenridge. So book your next vacation today and get exploring! You won’t regret visiting this beautiful mountain town.