Distance from Denver: Approx 90 miles depending on the route
This trip is as much about the journey as it is the destination. You've got a couple of options on the way up. Take the less-crowded 285 out of town, then, if road conditions are still good, you can either catch Boreas Pass Rd (between Jefferson and Fairplay) or continue to Fairplay and take the Hoosier Pass to Breckenridge. Both head straight over the Continental Divide, and either way you'll avoid some highway traffic and score gorgeous Rocky Mountain views. Once you make it to town, Breckenridge offers all the quintessential Colorado outdoor activities. Bike, hike, fish, or even head to the kayak park to watch some of the action. If getting extreme isn’t your thing, take a decidedly non-extreme stroll Downtown, but be sure to save your cash for a stop at Stella's Hungry Horse, a small but mighty food stand where almost everything on the menu is less than $10, including a Mile High reuben. When you're ready to head back, take Highway 9 north to I-70 for a quicker route back with all-new scenery to enjoy.