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Often called as “Breck” by locals, the friendly mining town of Breckenridge is the largest historic district of Colorado. The town hosts many historic masterpieces and architectures which reflect its history. Breckenridge is girded by scenic Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
The town is mainly known for skiing. It is considered one of the best skiing destinations in the United States of America and that is why most of the tourists visit here for the experience of world-class skiing at Breckenridge Ski Resort. The resort has made the town a prominent hotspot for skiers. Summer season entices adventure enthusiasts and offers them trekking trails, mountain biking, kayaking, fly fishing in the blue river, boating in the nearby lake Dilon, etc.
Apart from skiing, there are so many other things that one can do while exploring the town of Breckenridge such as shopping, sightseeing, historical tours and other adventure sports. Due to the vast variety of activities available, the town is visited by thousands of tourists. So a plethora of options to stay are available including resorts, hotels, and cabins in Breckenridge. Below are some top things to do during your visit to Breckenridge in Colorado.
Breckenridge has a lot to offer if you are an adventure buff. One such activity is snowshoeing. If you are a novice then you will have to visit one of the two Nordic Centers situated in the vicinity. These centers have different types of trails suitable for beginners as well as experienced ones. One can also take atlas or crescent moon snowshoes on rent and few are available for purchase also. The cost of these shoes varies according to sizes and style. One can also opt for a guided tour if having a problem in doing on its own. The tour begins at 11 AM and reservation in advance is required. There are several trails available and all are interconnecting to each other. These trails lead to some beautiful locations which provide great photo opportunities. So don’t forget to bring your camera if you are heading out for this one.
Walking Tour on the Main Street
If you are not seeking any adventure and looking for something that doesn’t create a hole in your pocket, then taking a historic tour on the Main Street of Breckenridge would be the thing. Take a stroll through the store district of Breckenridge, which is known for its vast and interesting history and hear thrilling stories of legends who live more than 100 years in the past. A complete tour usually takes 90 minutes and costs a very nominal fee. The tickets of the tour can be purchased at the welcome center situated on the Main Street.
Sledding and Tubing in Breckenridge
If you are looking to attempt sledding then you will have to go to outskirts of the town. Sledding is forbidden inside the town and one can get fined if trying to attempt. There are some ideal places situated near the park at Lake Dillon which offer great opportunities for sledding and tubing. A short drive from the town and the Frisco Nordic Centers take you to the place where you can attempt sledding and have a great experience. Apart from this, one can opt any of the sledding companies available there. They charge usually around USD 30 per person for one hour. Such companies are Breckenridge resort tubing, Frisco Adventure Park, Copper mountain resort, Keystone resort tubing, etc.
The Breckenridge Snow Sculpture Championship
Alike the World Championship of Sand Sculpturing or Sand Arts, the championship of Snow Sculptures takes place every year in the town of Breckenridge. During the end of January, people from all over the world visit here to take part in the championship and create beautiful and amazing sculptures. So if you are planning to visit here in January and want to see the amusing work of people then make sure your trip synchronizes with the dates of the championship. It is a must-see event and also one of the recommended things to do during the winter season.
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Well, you must have seen Dog Sledding in most of the movies and it seems quite interesting. This interesting thing can be done in the Breckenridge. The town offers many dog sledding experience in which you will be racing on the snow with barking dogs who will be leading the trail. This activity will definitely pump up your adrenaline. It is one of the activities that should not be missed anyhow as it is once in a lifetime experience. The dog sledding tour contains several scheduled breaks on the way. The duration of the trips varies from short excursions to overnight adventures. This activity can be experienced by solo adventurers as well as family groups. Some organizations that offer the activity are Alpine Adventures, Good Time Adventures, etc.
Continental Divide Winery
In love with wines? If yes, then this is the place for you. The Continental Divide Winery is an interesting place that offers an opportunity to taste different types of wines and one can also have a wine blending experience. After visiting this amazing place, you can proudly call yourself a “winemaker”. The best thing about this place that you can take home a custom crafted wine bottle that you blend. Situated on the Main Street, the Winery was opened in December 2016. Don’t forget to make your reservation in advance as the place remains in high demand.
The park gets opened only during the summer season and it offers exhilarating activities such as downhill sliding, bike riding and also a roller coaster which is the main attraction of this park. The roller coaster lets you zipping on a track which is 2500 feet long. Other than this, there are so many activities available that it will take you a couple of days to try all of them. There is one 2600 feet Alpine Super Slide that takes you down the mountain and offers a breathtaking view of the valley below. The park is one of the most entertaining places in the town.
Shopping in Breckenridge
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Last but not the least, “Shopping”. It is not possible and also not recommended that you go to any place and don’t buy a thing that belongs or which is a specialty of that place. Breckenridge dwells plethora of storefronts that showcase jewelry, antiques, books, souvenirs, etc. One can also purchase some alluring arts made by local artists to decorate your room walls. So a short walk through the markets of Breckenridge is must to make your trip experience better.