Aspen, one of the most affluent towns in the United States and the foremost ski resort of North America, is a picture perfect Colorado paradise, both in Summer and Winter.
3 hours from Denver and 1 hour from Glenwood Springs, Aspen is home for the rich, and a winter vacation for the richer. High profile visitors have been coming here for over a century.
But Aspen is more than that. A nature lovers paradise, a skiers home and a hikers heaven, the city is surrounded by Colorado’s finest mountains.
With a ski resort right next to the town, you can wake up and ski whenever you feel like in winter. In summer though, it makes for a beautiful backdrop for a beautiful town.
If you are on a train like I was, the easiest way to get from Glenwood Springs to Aspen is to take the RFTA bus, which is $6 for the hour long ride. This will then drop you off at either Rubey Park or Paepcke Park, the latter shown below.
Starting in downtown Aspen, we passed the shops and restaurants, getting a feel for the 8,000 ft high town. With a great pedestrian mall, awesome restaurants (Pyramid Bistro, BB’s, and Aspen Overeasy to name a few,) Aspen has a great downtown, only a short distance from our awesome hotel, Tyrolean Lodge.
After looking around Downtown Aspen, the best thing to do at any time, any day in any season is Maroon Bells. Located in the Elk Mountains, the Bells are two mountains, where you can get as close as Maroon Lake and Maroon Creek, two beautiful foregrounds to the sharp, jagged mountains in the background.