Around every corner in Aspen lies beautiful architecture, which is home to all sorts of fine shops, restaurants and lodges. There are very few towns that are known for upscale, sporty fun like Aspen.
Located adjacent to some of the most beautiful mountains in the state, Aspen is an outdoor paradise. It’s also known for decadent restaurants, family-oriented ski lodges, historical sites, and many different local arts attractions. Aspen is home to Sport Obermeyer, a top notch outdoor clothing maker.
The most popular culture stop in Aspen is the Aspen Art Museum, which regularly holds new shows of all different kinds. The Red Brick Center for the Arts holds a close second to that title, and is an excellent choice for those who want a more cerebral stop on their vacation.When it comes to fine dining, it’s hard to find a Western town with more urbane tastes. Going to bars like the Library, Casa Tua, and the Sage Bar is a good way to kick off the night in this beautiful city. The restaurants in town seem to represent every nationality and different lifestyles. Whether you are looking for an fancy fusion restaurant or a simple pizza parlor, Aspen will make sure that you have the best food you’ve tasted in the West!
Things to do in Aspen
Aspen is an ideal Rocky Mountain Retreat, urban yet secluded, with plenty of wilderness to explore. The Roaring Fork nearby provides an opportunity for cliff jumping.
Maroon Bells – It’s probably the most photographed spot in Colorado. Recreation like camping, fishing and hiking are popular here.
In addition to world class ski slopes, other winter activities including cross country skiing, dog sledding, ice skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and snow tubing. During the summer, hiking and horseback riding are common activities around Aspen. Aspen also has many different health spas for when its time to relax.
- Maroon Bells in the White River N.F. has three well maintained campgrounds.
- Situated about 14 miles east of Basalt on Frying Pan Rd, Ruedi Reservoir has four campgrounds.
- Maroon Lake is about a ten minute drive from town. It’s stocked with cutthroat trout. Crater Lake is a two hour hike from Maroon Lake. Both lakes reside in thee White River National Forest.
Winter X Games – Alone, they are the perfect excuse for visiting town, held every January in Aspen for over ten years. It’s an event that magnetizes passionate crowds every year! The world’s best winter athletes compete in extreme action sports, such as skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. The best part is that the competitions are open to public and free to watch.