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Best Things To Do in Aspen

If there's one thing Aspen's known for, it's skiing. This tiny mountain town is surrounded by four monumental ski areas: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk (a favorite among beginners) and the ever-popular Snowmass Ski Resort. The luster isn't lost when the snow melts, however. The Rockies offer some spectacular hiking spots — like the Maroon Bell peaks — with jaw dropping vistas. If you're looking for a more relaxing getaway, treat yourself to a massage at an area spa or try a therapeutic soak in the Glenwood Springs natural hot springs.

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#1
Maroon Bells
Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Rising more than 14,000 feet, these twin peaks are a favorite spot for hikers and wildlife-watchers, boasting beautiful vistas ... read more»

#2
Independence Pass Free attraction
Recreation, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: If there's one reason to rent a car in Aspen, it's to take the 20-mile drive through Independence ... read more»

#3
Snowmass
Recreation, Skiing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Aspen's largest and most popular ski area is the ultimate destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Comprising 3,132 acres ... read more»

#4
Glenwood Springs Free attraction
Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: While you'll have no trouble finding ways to fill your time in Aspen proper, you would be remiss if ... read more»

#5
Aspen Mountain
Recreation, Skiing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: It's this mountain — first opened to skiers in 1947 — that put Aspen on the map. And with spectacular summit ... read more»

#6
Aspen Highlands
Recreation, Skiing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Aspen Highlands has been the preferred ski area among Aspen residents for more than 50 years. If you're looking ... read more»

#7
Silver Queen Gondola
Recreation, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Silver Queen Gondola travels 2½ miles from the heart of Aspen to the 11,000-foot-high summit of Aspen Mountain ... read more»

#8
Buttermilk
Recreation, Skiing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: With 21 miles of open, stress-free trails, Buttermilk is the perfect spot to try your first run or to teach ... read more»

#9
Wheeler Opera House
Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Constructed in the late 1800s by business tycoon Jerome Wheeler, this opera house has been a major source of entertainment ... read more»

#10
John Denver Sanctuary Free attraction
Monuments and Memorials, Parks and Gardens | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Anyone who's a fan of John Denver's music knows that the famous singer-songwriter was a big fan of ... read more»

#11
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Museums, Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Sitting just north of Main Street, this research center and wildlife sanctuary works to educate visitors about Aspen's natural ... read more»

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