Things to see and do near Breckenridge
Breckenridge has more than enough to keep you busy during your vacation. But if you'd like to get out and explore even more of Colorado during your stay, you'll find additional opportunities for fun just a short drive away. It will be easy to complement your Breckenridge stay with the perfect day trip.
Frisco is about 9 miles north of Breckenridge on Highway 9. It sits near Lake Dillon, which is a haven for ice fishing in the winter and boats in the summer. Hit up the Frisco Adventure Park during the winter for tubing and cross-country skiing and during the summer, for mountain biking and disc golf. Head to the Frisco Historic Park and Museum where you can tour original buildings from the 1880s. On Frisco's Main Street, there are a number of bars, restaurants, and shops. If you happen to be in the area on Father's Day weekend, don't miss out on the Colorado BBQ Challenge where dozens of barbecuers compete for the championship.
Copper Mountain Resort is 19 miles away from Breckenridge. To get there, take Highway 9 north to I-70 W and take the interstate to exit 195. Copper Mountain has winter and summer activities with skiing, snowboarding, hiking, golf, mountain biking, and summer camps. The area has its fair share of festivals, too. In August, you can catch Guitar Town, which features three days of live performances, or the Genuine Jazz and Wine Festival. There's also Copper Country in September, a country music festival over Labor Day.
Keystone is approximately 15 miles from Breckenridge. Take Highway 9 north to Swan Mountain Road, where you will turn right. Continue to US-6 E, where you will take another right. Keystone will be about a mile up the road. Keystone Resort has three mountains for skiing and snowboarding. In the winter, there's also snowshoeing, ice skating, and tubing. During the summer, there are numerous hiking and biking trails as well as two golf courses, horseback riding, and more.
Vail is home to another iconic Colorado ski resort. It's located about 40 miles northwest of Breckenridge. Just take Highway 9 north to I-70 W and continue on I-70 W to exit 176. During the winter months, Vail offers plenty of chances for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. The summer months offer outdoor enthusiasts opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, rafting, and fishing. Throughout Vail Village and Lionshead, the town's two main base areas, there is world-class dining, shopping, and nightlife. Vail boasts a number of events throughout the year, from food and wine festivals to holiday celebrations as well as music festivals and sports competitions.
Black Hawk & Central City
Do you feel lucky? If so, you might want to head to Black Hawk and Central City. Black Hawk is the largest gambling town in Colorado with over a dozen casinos. Its sister city, Central City, is located less than a mile away and it has eight casinos. Both of these towns got their start during the 1859 gold rush, with Central City coming to be known as "The Richest Square Mile on Earth." There are a number of historical sites in both towns. History buffs should check out the Gilpin History Museum and the Coeur d'Alene Mine Shaft House in Central City.
To get there from Breckenridge, take Highway 9 to I-70 E. Follow I-70 E to the Central City Parkway, which will take you directly into Central City. Continuing through the town will take you to Black Hawk. These towns are about an hour and a 20-minute drive away.
Colorado's Wine Country
This may be news to some of you, but Colorado is home to many amazing wineries and vineyards. Wine tourism in Colorado has been growing steadily over the past 20 years. The state has over 80 wineries as well as the highest altitude vineyards in the country. As you're bound to discover, brisk nights and warm days make for delicious wines. The majority of Colorado vineyards are located near Grand Junction, which is about a three-hour drive west of Breckenridge on I-70. But, there are wineries all across the state where you can take tours or just simply stop in for a taste. The Colorado Wine Board maintains an extensive list of wineries and vineyards that includes location and contact information.