20 days in Breckenridge & Vail Itinerary

20 days in Breckenridge & Vail Itinerary

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20 days in Breckenridge & Vail Itinerary

Start: Houston
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  7​h 45​min
1
Breckenridge
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Vail
— 10 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  7​h
End: Houston

9
nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Your inner history buff will appreciate South Park City Museum and St. Elmo. Appreciate the collections at Frisco Historic Park and Museum and Hotel de Paris Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Breckenridge: River Rafting & Tubing (in Buena Vista), Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs) and Winter Park (Winter Park Resort & Cozens Ranch House Museum). On the 12th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Georgetown, examine the collection at Pikes Peak Historical Society Museum, don't miss a visit to Main Street, and get engrossed in the history at Breckenridge Welcome Center.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Breckenridge trip itinerary builder tool .

Houston to Breckenridge is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Houston in May; daily highs in Breckenridge reach 44°F and lows reach 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Georgetown, Winter Park, Leadville, Pikes Peak Historical Society Museum, Dillon Schoolhouse Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Breckenridge Ski Resort ©
Breckenridge Ski Resort

10
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Visit Vail Interfaith Chapel and Beaver Creek Chapel for their historical value. Let the collections at National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum and Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Vail side-trips: Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary & Independence Pass), Pioneer Village Museum (in Hot Sulphur Springs) and Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail, Cooper Corner Gallery, & more). On the 23rd (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Copper Mountain. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Vail Mountain Resort, fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area, stop by Fuzzywigs Candy Shop, and examine the collection at Walking Mountains Science Center.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vail holiday planning site .

Drive from Breckenridge to Vail in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in May, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Beaver Creek, Leadville, Aspen, Pioneer Village Museum
Highlights from your plan
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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