In the Colorado Rockies lies an old mining town that skiers head to when the world gets blanketed in snow. It's party time on the slopes with the highest chairlift in the world. Welcome to Breckenridge-- a place where having fun is wintertime ritual. There's also a healthy dose of history to be had at the Barney Ford House Museum, the Historic Father Dyer Church and the Summit County Courthouse in this little hamlet located in the south central region of Colorado. The skiing and snowboarding is definitely the main attraction. But here's what makes fun-loving Breck even more special: There's fun to be had even when the sweltering heat of summer has melted all the snow away.
Things to Do in Winter
Breckenridge is a world-class ski destination, so skiing and snowboarding are definitely at the top of the agenda. There are different slopes for skiers of all levels in the four mountains that span the Breckenridge Ski Area. If you don't like the crowds here, you can drive to the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area 12 miles away. You can also go snowmobiling at Breckenridge Snowmobiling Tours and Rentals. At Goodtimes Adventures, you can also add showshoeing and dog sledding to your itinerary. For a truly unique vacation experience, try your hand at ice fishing on Lake Dillon.
Things to Do in Summer
There's more to Breck than winter sports. In the summer, Peak 8 Fun Park with its Super Slide opens. It's the best place for some real excitement and theme park fun. You can also cycle down the 11,059-foot summit by renting a full suspension bike from Breckenridge Sports. Take note, however, that some runs on the cycle trail might actually cause your bike to literally take flight, so if you are a casual cyclist, be sure to pick the right path. You can also try your hand at fly fishing at Breckenridge Outfitters. Other popular activities include hot air balloon rides, white water rafting and trekking.
Shopping and Dining
Historic Main Street is the site of 200 quaint shops where you can buy a variety of items from handmade soaps to genuine Navajo weavings. There are also boutiques and galleries that sell fine art, paintings, accessories, furniture, souvenirs and gifts. Pubs, restaurants and food shops also line this long strip. The Warriors Mark and Baldy Mountain Districts also have great dining options if you want to take your meals in quieter surroundings.