Aspen is known for being the Rocky Mountain playground of the rich and famous, but this authentic mountain town offers far more than just glitz and glam.
Aspen is consistently rated one of the world's top ski areas by ski and travel publications, and ski-in, ski-out lodges are the norm. Experts slide around on Aspen Mountain, locals gravitate towards Aspen Highlands, beginners and freestyle park denizens end up at Buttermilk, and families love Snowmass.
Despite this winter reputation, the town is a year-round destination. Spring brings about abundant wildflowers in the alpine meadows, Maroon Bells offer excellent hiking with breathtaking views in the summer, and dense, golden aspen groves are a sight to behold in autumn. The area also beckons mountain bikers, kayakers and rafters, and rock climbers to explore its wonders throughout the warmer months.
Aspen also draws travelers to its urban cultural scene, which belies its small-town charm. Art aficionados rub shoulders with wine connoisseurs and concert-goers, culinary epicures and fashion mavens vie for reservations at Aspen’s hot-spot restaurants, and people flock from around the world to high-profile events like the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen and X Games. And for anyone wanting to lay their head in Aspen, accommodations run from posh to economical, ensuring everyone feels welcome.