Gold rushed through Breckenridge in the 1800s, leaving behind buildings and culture that still influence the area today. History has been preserved, and now melds with newer attributes to create a striking mountain town with a slight touch of Southwestern flare. Breckenridge offers a “Jackson Hole meets Aspen” atmosphere.

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Green ideology is the center of the massive, five peak ski resort, which manages to flaunt 34 lifts, from the highest in the United States to mellow gondolas, while still keeping their footprint on earth small. Per hour, 46,800 people travel the lifts, but the landscape stays pristine thanks to strong initiatives to protect the 2,908 acres of terrain. The non-profit organization Friends of the Dillon Ranger District have a super cool Ski with a Ranger Program for those wanting to learn more about the area and sustainability.

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Epic Discovery is an impressive outdoor area open seven days a week from June 8 to September 3, and Friday through Sunday September 7th to the 9th. Ride the gravity-driven Gold Runner Coaster that whips you through the mountains, or the Alpine Slide. Ski lifts are also open for scenic trips up the mountain—it’s a lot easier without skis. Extreme competitors can tear through the Alpineer Challenge Course like Ninja Warrior, but with safety harnesses. From zip lines to hiking routes, there’s an endless amount of excursions to make a summer trip to Breckenridge equally as good as a ski trip.

Main Street in Breckenridge, CO
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Main Street in Breckenridge, CO

Main Street is the heart of Breckenridge, dotted with après eateries and 96 bars and restaurants. Close to everything, hotels often offer shuttles, but it’s almost a shame not to walk and soak in the surroundings. Plenty of stores are situated about, like The Cheese Shop with items for creating extensive charcuterie boards for a snowy night in your room. As for great eats, the Quandary Grille has region authentic, natural dishes, while Trolley Crepes’ sweet or savory options are good for a simple meal.

The river is what binds the picturesque town together, and also serves as a recreation hub. You can raft, kayak, paddleboard or fish the Blue River, which runs through the heart of Breckenridge. Brook, rainbow and brown trout are the primary fish to hook, and lakes among the mountains are exceptional fishing nooks, too.

Crystal Peak Lodge sits slope-side with its luxurious hot tubs and a spa, and they’re one of the places that offer a shuttle. Mountain Thunder Lodge’s spacious condos are close to downtown. Try to be in town when one of their lively events are taking place, such as the National Snow Sculpture Competition!

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