A quick 2 hours from Denver lies a true winter wonderland, with gorgeous mountains, breathtaking views, endless wildlife, and a vast array of outdoor activities! Whether you’re a seasoned skier, new to the slopes, or visiting for other adventures, this charming town will leave you wanting to go back again and again. And thanks to it’s gorgeous weather, it is one of the few destinations that we recommend visiting year-round, offering endless opportunities for adventure (think: hiking, white water rafting, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, etc.). In this Breckenridge travel guide we will include everything from where to stay, where to eat and drink, what to pack, and more!
The easiest way to get to Breckenridge is by flying into the Denver International Airport, then heading to the mountains. The drive from Denver to Breckenridge takes about 2 hours with low traffic conditions, but the main highway (I-70) is notorious for congestion and bad traffic. As such, we recommend planning your drive time around peak traffic, avoiding Friday afternoons, Sunday afternoons, and holidays. We have included the two most accessible travel options in our Breckenridge Travel Guide below.
RENT A CAR: If you are comfortable driving in snow and are not planning on staying at a ski in / ski out hotel, then we recommend renting a car. This will allow you to check out the surrounding resorts such as Vail, Beaver Creek, etc., drive to and from the ski resort each day, and make it easier to get around town.
TAKE A SHUTTLE: The Denver airport offers numerous door-to-door, roundtrip shuttle services, costing around ~$150. This is a great option if you are staying at a ski in / ski out, if you are not comfortable driving in snow, or if you are looking to save money. One of our favorite companies is EPIC Mountain Express.
What To Expect
Is Breck Expensive?
SNOW SPORTS CAN BE COSTLY, BUT THEY ARE SO MUCH FUN! COSTS TO KEEP IN MIND INCLUDE:
MONEY SAVING TIPS
WHERE WE STAYED: Luxurious 4 bedroom home through AirBNB
With a group of 15 people, this was the perfect place to sprawl out comfortably, cook group dinners, enjoy the hot tub with views of the Ten Mile Range, gather with friends and enjoy NYE! The gorgeous space is less than a 7 minute drive from downtown and ½ a block away from the free shuttle service, with direct transportation downtown and to the gondola. We had an absolute blast staying here! Check out some of our other accommodation recommendations in our Breckenridge Travel Guide below.
Skiing And Snowboarding
Things To Do
- Mountain Biking
- Whitewater Rafting
- Fly Fishing
- Alpine Slides
- Zip Line Tours
- Paddle Boarding
- Breckenridge Epic
- Discovery Park
- World-Class Skiing
- Snow Tubing
- Dog Sledding
- Fat Biking
- Winter Fly Fishing
- Snow Cat Tours
Breckenridge Travel Guide would not be complete without mentioning the food scene! The robust dining scene explodes with flavor, offering worldly inspired cuisines, fresh takes on culinary classics, and plenty of craft beer made from local brewers. You will find a wide variety of offerings on Main Street for all types of taste buds and budgets. Regardless where you go, keep in mind that dress codes are fairly casual. And if you happen to be traveling with a large group, we also recommend making reservations in advance. Here’s a few of our favorite spots to check out:
Colorado contemporary dining in a vibrant and eclectic atmosphere located in the heart of historic downtown Breckenridge! You can expect New American dishes and an excellent happy hour.
A true foodie restaurant in Breckenridge with an ever evolving menu packed with bold flavors! This is a must-not-miss for our food lovers out there.
The restaurant’s casual yet elegant setting has modern, clean lines, live music, and is known as one of the best happy hours in Breckenridge!
If you are looking for a great, casual spot to enjoy bar food and sports, this is your place! They offer a wide variety of food, some of the best burgers in town, and even have live music on Thursday nights.
Right downtown off Main Street is this adorable crepe joint that is a must-not-miss! The long lines are never-ending, but that should tell you just how delicious this place is! If you don’t have time to wait in line, check out the other location just a few blocks away called Crepe Kitchen.
This legendary Benckenridge sports bar is complete with a wide range of beer and a full arcade of video games to entertain the little ones!
A breckenridge breakfast staple! Be prepared to pay in cash at this delicious breakfast spot on the south end of Main street.
The home of the largest craft beer selection in Summit County! If you are a beer drinker, this is a must not miss.
- Bring reusable shopping bags to the store to avoid paying 10 cents per bag
- Keep a reusable water bottle with you at all times and stay hydrated!
- Snow boots with good traction are a must for walking around town.
- 4 wheel drive is a must if renting a car. Be prepared for snowy roads.
As the home to world-class skiing and snowboarding, amazing hiking and biking trails, and an endless list of outdoor activities, Breckenridge truly is an incredible destination! In addition to being an outdoor paradise, it’s also a bustling town filled with history, a lively arts scene, great shopping, and delicious dining. Breckenridge is a place for everyone and a must-not-miss Colorado destination.
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