What to do in Colorado
Aspen is a small city in Pitkin County, Colorado. It has a population of around 6600 people and is a popular ski destination in the winter. Aspen actually started as a mining camp during the Colorado silver rush. The city is now an upscale ski resort and tourist destination.
Aspen is located about 40 miles southeast of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Glenwood Springs is on Interstate 70 between Denver and Grand Junction, Colorado. The safest way to reach Aspen by driving is to leave Denver on I70 headed west. Once you reach Glenwood Springs you take Colorado highway 82 south. The driving time between Aspen and Denver is approximately 3 1/2 hours in good weather. Coming from the west, the driving time between Grand Junction and Aspen is approximately 2 1/2 hours again, in good weather.
Aspen, CO, USA
What to do in Aspen?
Aspen is a high end ski resort and has all the services available to cater to wealthy tourists. It's a popular destination for many movie stars. The city boasts such fine shopping destinations as Prada, Gucci, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren among others. The city also boasts multiple fine dining destinations such as Pinons Restaurant, Mezzaluna Aspen and L'Hostaria.
If you get bored with shopping and eating the skiing in Aspen is world class. Aspen Snowmass can accommodate all you’re skiing needs. They offer season passes as well as multiple fun events throughout the year. Budweiser has multiple events scheduled for Snowmass in 2012.
Aspen also hosts multiple biking events in the summer. There are multiple bike shops in town and many of them do bike rentals. The Rockies are beautiful any time of year and visiting them in the summer on a bike is a wonderful way to enjoy the scenery. Many world class bike racers train in Colorado as the high elevation helps with breathing and stamina in lower elevations. If you've trained in the Rockies you should be able to hold your own anywhere in the world.
Where to stay?
Tripadvisor.com lists 36 hotels for Aspen. 24 of these hotels rank from 3 1/2 to 5 stars. It really depends on the level of service and the amount you're willing to pay. A cheap price for Aspen is $79 per night and prices range up to $2100 per night. The top rated hotels in Aspen are The Gant, The Little Nell and The Innsbruck. The Innsbruck is a 4 star hotel and has rates down to $87 per night.
Aspen is a truly beautiful city and is used to accommodating the pickiest of tastes. The city is well worth visiting for anyone visiting Colorado.