1.There are a ton of family-friendly activities to choose from.
Skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, snowmobiling, whitewater rafting, paddle boarding and hiking … the list goes on and on. Winter, spring, summer or fall, you certainly won’t have any problem finding something to do in Breckenridge. Even if you can’t find it in Breckenridge, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find something to do in the surrounding towns of Frisco, Keystone, Dillon or Silverthorne.
2.The town is cute and quaint.
Founded in the summer of 1859, the old gold mining town of Breckenridge still has more than 350 historic structures, making it the largest historic district in Colorado. Just take a short stroll down Main Street and you’ll see history all around you.
3.The food scene is amazing.
There’s no doubt the food scene in Breckenridge is a treat for your taste buds, which is awesome when you’re on vacation, right? It doesn’t matter what you have a hankering for, whether it’s Cajun food, steak or sushi — Breckenridge has it all!
4.Getting to Breckenridge is a piece of cake.
You have two options for flying into Breckenridge: Denver International Airport and Eagle County Regional Airport. If you choose to fly into Denver, it’s typically about an hour-and-a-half drive (105 miles) on a good day. If at all possible, I recommend avoiding driving I-70 from DIA on Friday evenings, Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons and evenings. Otherwise, you might find yourself sitting in traffic for a while. Eagle County’s Airport is also about an hour-and-15-minute drive (73 miles). While traffic will most likely be less of an issue, keep in mind that you’ll be driving over Vail Pass. On a messy winter day, the pass often closes due to traffic accidents and dangerous driving conditions.
5.Renting a car is optional, but not required.
If you’re staying within Breckenridge’s city limits, you’ll find that a lot of things are within walking distance. However, if they aren’t, Breckenridge’s bus system makes getting around town very simple. The Breckenridge Free Ride shuttle runs all day and can get you to and from the mountain or town in just a few minutes. If you choose to stay outside of Breckenridge, you’ll definitely want to rent a car. This is something you will want to talk to your booking agent about when considering lodging for your stay.
6.The mountain has terrain for all levels of skiers and riders.
With almost 3,000 acres of ski and ride terrain and 187 total trails, Breckenridge is a mountain for everyone. About 600 acres of that terrain is groomed daily, 11% (greens) is learning terrain, 31% (blue runs) is intermediate train, 24% (black diamond runs) is advanced terrain and 34% (double black diamond runs) is expert terrain.
7.You have the option to ski other mountains.
There are six other ski resorts within an hour drive from Breckenridge. From closest to furthest, there’s Keystone, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Vail and Beaver Creek. Typically if you buy 3 days or more of skiing and riding at Breckenridge, your pass will include days at Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Vail and Beaver Creek. Copper Mountain and Loveland Ski Area lift tickets are not part of the Vail Resorts pass program, but the terrain at both resorts is awesome and lift lines might even be shorter.
8.You have a variety of lodging options.
Whether it’s just you and a friend or your entire extended family, there are plenty of lodging options to choose from. From studios to seven-bedroom homes, vacation rentals companies like Summit Mountain Rentals will be able to find the best fit for your trip and your budget.
9.Happy Hour will blow your mind.
What I love most about Breckenridge is the happy hour scene. Between the hours of 3 and 6 every day, a majority of the restaurants and bars in town offer discounts on food and drinks. Some of my favorite places are Hearthstone, Twist, Blue River Bistro, Ember and Rita’s. I find that if I get my drinking and eating done early in the day, then I can go to bed early and feel great the next morning when I wake up for first chair!
10.Your vacation won’t break the bank.
Planning a trip to Breckenridge will surely be more affordable compared to some other places like Aspen, Vail or Beaver Creek. In all honesty, Breckenridge pricing is about the middle of the road when it comes to Colorado ski towns. And while there’s a lot of money that drives this tourist town, the attitude about it is very simple and laid back. Locals know why vacationers choose Breckenridge and that’s exactly why they live here.
Do you still have questions about Breckenridge? Just ask a local. Talk to your vacation rental sales associate, or just ask a person on the street once you get to town. We’re all willing to point you in the right direction and help make your trip to Breckenridge a memorable one.
If we’ve missed a reason why you choose Breckenridge, by all means comment below. We would love to hear why you come to love this town as much as we do!