Listed below is a travel guide to the best things to do in Aspen, Colorado. From places to see, things to do, and favorite restaurants to enjoy.
Aspen has easily become one of our favorite mountain towns in Colorado. Everywhere you look are stunning views of the surrounding, awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains. If you’re planning a visit, be mindful of mud season during late April through early May, and late October through early November. Most restaurants and stores will be closed during these times.
Maroon Bells – these are one of the most photographed mountains in America. This is an absolute must if you are visiting Aspen!
Drive Independence Pass up to the Continental Divide. The pass is only open from late May to late October, so be sure the road is accessible before you begin the drive.
Take the Silver Queen Gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain. If you go in the summer, check the schedule for yoga classes or concerts, or in the winter do some snowshoeing or skiing.
Walk around downtown, soaking up the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the Victorian styled architecture. There are shops ranging from luxury to chic boutiques, and a farmers market open June through October.
Walk through the John Denver Sanctuary, located next to the Rio Grande Park. Stop to read the rocks that are engraved with his most famous lyrics throughout the park.
Several restaurants may require a reservation – be sure to check before visiting!
Ellina – serves modern Italian & worldly wines
Pine Creek Cookhouse – located at the bottom of the Elk Mountains, serving organic, locally sourced gourmet food
Woody Creek Tavern – a classic but eclectic tavern serving both Mexican and American styled dishes
Le Bateau – serves French-inspired dishes for both brunch and dinner
CP Burger – a great option if you’re looking for a burger and a kid friendly menu!
Aspen Brewing Company – enjoy some of Aspen’s finest craft beer
Matsuhisa – a great option if sushi is on your mind!
Brunelleschi’s – serves gourmet pizza, pasta and salads
Have you been to Aspen before? If so, comment below some of the best things you have done to share with others!