While the clichéd image of Aspen is a Hollywood power couple in expensive threads followed by paparazzi, Aspen is so much more than that. The historic town dates to the mid 19th century, and visitors come from all over the world to admire its natural and urban beauty. Four remarkable snow-capped mountains within 10 minutes, art galleries, ... Read more
wildflower fields, historic architecture and breath-taking views are just the start. Aspen is also home to the world-renowned Aspen Institute leadership non-profit and the 60-year-old Aspen Music Festival, held in July and August each year. And, yes, Aspen lives up to its cliché; the streets are often filled with royalty (Hollywood and true blue bloods). While eight-figure second homes are de rigueur for residents, visitors of all stripes are welcome.
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Known for its unparalleled skiing, Aspen is busiest in the winter (December to March), when the towering Rocky Mountains are covered with fresh powdered snow and the ski resorts are in full swing. This is the ... Read more
time of year when hotel rates soar (and you might even see some of Hollywood’s rich-and-famous in an upscale lobby). Summer (June to August) is also gorgeous with temperature highs in the 70s (low- to mid-20s Celsius) and lows in the 40s (single digit Celsius). However, you won’t find any bargains at this time of the year, either, so expect higher hotel rates and crowds on your mountain hike. Spring can be muddy and finicky with melting snow and variable weather, while fall is quieter and cool with golden aspen leaves lighting up the mountains.

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Centennial, Colorado, USA

Aspen is a gorgeous town. Expensive but fantastic to visit. There's plenty to see and do in town and in the surrounding mountains at any time of year.

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Greenville, South Carolina, USA

Photo taken while snowmobiling in Aspen. Great town for outdoor activities!

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New York City, New York State, USA

The A-list ski town has no shortage of plush hotels primed for romance—such as The Little Nell or the St. Regis—or sips to get you there: the Rocky Mountain state’s legendary craft beer scene helped rank this tony mountain town at the top of the survey for its local brews (such as Aspen Brewing’s pale ale called This Season’s Blonde). For a romantic dinner you can’t beat Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, with big views—from 10,700 feet—of the Maroon Bells and European-style classics such as fondue and veal schnitzel. Readers also applauded Aspen for its variety of events, from the X Games to the high-minded Aspen Ideas Festival.

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Oceanside

This just happens to be one of my favorite cities - and not just because I was born here. Aspen is beautiful any time of year. Some of my favorite memories are in the spring up in the mountains surrounded by wild flowers. Nothing gets better than being in a field when a sun shower surprises you and there's nothing but beauty around you.
I could go on for hours, but I won't.

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Denver, Colorado, USA
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Aspen is a gorgeous mountain town, known for it's multi-million dollar homes, upscale restaurants and shops, and world class skiing. But it's a lot more than that. It's got fantastic hiking; music, food, and film festivals; the Aspen Institute, which offers seminars and conferences on critical issues; Anderson Ranch, a phenomenal space for artists (budding and established) to take workshops.... All told, it's a thriving cultural and outdoor hub, which is alive with activity year round.

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Pukalani, Hawaii, USA

Summer, Winter, Fall colors - each season is grand. I enjoyed the shoulder seasons the most with less crowds and lower hotel rates. The festivals they have are worth a goods look. Wine and Food was amazing.

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Chicago, Illinois, USA

One of my favorite cities in the states. Great food, and beautiful in both the winter and summer. Endless things to do, but obviously the place for skiing and hiking. Seeing celebrities on the street is always a plus.

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Vancouver, BC

Seldom does a place live up to the hype about it, but Aspen did, and it exceeded my imagination. Yes, it's an over-priced village and playground for the rich and famous, but who wouldn't want to play here? The surrounding towns have much more reasonable accomodations, but everyone should wake up in Aspen at least once in their life!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Beautiful scenery, skiing right outside your door, cozy bookstores, great thrift stores and excellent food!

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Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Aspen in October is the perfect place for the ideal time of year. Trees were in their full color show with golds, oranges and reds against the brilliant blue Colorado sky. Spectacular!

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