12 Must-Do Experiences in Aspen
Collected by Holly Upper, AFAR Local Expert
The best slopes, the best views, the best meals: 12 reasons why Aspen is the best
450 S Galena St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Where else can you listen to live music from astounding, award-winning musicians like Ice Cube, Michael Franti, and Warren Haynes and be within three feet of them? Belly Up is an amazing intimate venue that can accommodate up to 450 people. The...
Aspen Mountain, Colorado 81611, USA
In both the summer and winter, if you only have a day you must take a ride up the Silver Queen Gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain. The gondola cabs are all windows allowing for fantastic views as you travel 3,627 feet to the top. Once you get up...
105 S Mill St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Pinons restaurant is the best kept secret in Aspen. It has been here for 20+ years with Rob Mobilian, now the owner, starting off as the chef. On a busy night you will still see him in the kitchen but mainly he is at the front door greeting guests...
1280 Ute Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
I wouldn’t recommend doing the Ute Trail hike on your first day in Aspen, especially if you come from sea level, but it is definitely a must see. Known as one of the harder hikes in Aspen, it is short but sweet. You traverse up the side of Aspen...
501 E Dean St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
It doesn’t get better than The Residences at the Little Nell, with a prime location in downtown Aspen and ski-in/ski-out facilities. These two-to-four bedroom residences, operated by the Little Nell Hotel, have all the finest fixtures and details....
408 Aspen Airport Business Center, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
As soon as you walk into King Yoga, a positive, euphoric energy hits you. This isn't one of those pretentious yoga places where you feel out of place if you don’t meditate for an hour a day. It's quite the opposite, in fact. King Yoga, which...
217 S Galena St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
There is only one place in town where you can get real western wear: Kemo Sabe. As you walk through the door the distinct smell of leather hits you. Almost everything in there is made out of leather or has leather on it. One wall is lined with...
675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
One of the best parties in Aspen is the closing ski season party at Aspen Highlands. For the last day of skiing, locals and visitors dress up in colorful costumes and crazy 1980's-styled ski outfits to celebrate the last day of skiing in the Aspen...
Maroon-Snowmass Trail, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Aspen is a playground for the active traveler. No matter how many times I visit, I always set aside time to bike to Maroon Bells. Rent a bike from the Hub, a cycling store in town, and be sure to bring a water bottle and even some snacks for...
315 E Dean St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Remede spa is hands down the best spa in town. Make sure you get there with ample time before your appointment (and don't forget a bathing suit) so you can enjoy all the amenities—the pool and massaging waterfalls in particular. Let the...