One saying you are most likely to hear about Aspen is, ‘I came here for the winter, but stayed for the summer.’ This mountain town has captured the hearts of all outdoor enthusiasts and those looking for a solitary getaway in the very lap of nature. Aspen is primarily the ski capital of Colorado. Most of its visitors line up on the mountains surrounding the town with their skis for days full of fun and adventure. The après skiing culture is very active here and you will find that the slopes are surrounded by restaurants and resorts that offer lip-smacking food and relaxation service post a day out on the snow. Most of the visitors head towards the parties organized by the resorts to celebrate the tourist season. Winter is a very cheerful proposition in this gorgeous town. There are food festivals, skiing championships, snow sporting events and of course, celebrations of the festive season of Christmas and New Year that fall around this time. So, is Aspen quiet other times of the year? Of course not! Beneath the soft snow blanket is the natural bounty of the region that is exposed and nurtured in the other seasons of the year. Aspen is surrounded by forests and mountain peaks whose beauty has remain untouched for hundreds of years. Throughout the warm and fall seasons, hikers, trekkers, bicyclists and campers explore the wilderness and its various faces. Besides these, there are activities like paragliding and white water rafting that also have takers from the throngs of visitors. Aspen is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Every season here offers something new. You can spend your days around town and relax in the evening at one of the many gourmet restaurants or partying about town. Spent too many days seeking thrills? Relax your sore muscles at one of the many spas and hot tubs. Walk around town and check out the shopping paradise that is Aspen. There is something to do for everyone; couples, kids, families are welcome in this winter town. Find out the museums dedicated to the mining history of this town. Visit them to learn how Aspen transformed to become one of the most sought-after vacation spots in the country. This beautiful little town in the hills will lift your spirits up and give them a boost of refreshment like never before.
Essential travel information and Aspen tips for your visit
- Time zone: GMT -06.00
- Currency: US Dollar
- Language: English, Spanish
- Electricity: 120 V, 60 Hz
- Internet: Some public Wi-Fi spots are available in Aspen.
- Security: emergency number: 911
- Dispatch: 970 920 5310
- Tipping: 15% of the restaurant bill.
- Tips are expected with hotel bills, bellboys, luggage helpers etc.
- Travelling to Aspen in the winter can be a bit problematic as flights often get cancelled due to stormy weather. You are likely to find shuttles and to and from Aspen if you flight is cancelled or diverted. However, it is recommended that you make a note of private rental companies in and around town in case you do not take the shuttle.
- Make sure to book your flight tickets and hotel reservations well in advance before visiting Aspen. Tourists flock here all year round. It is likely that the good places may be full most of the year.
- Nature trails around Aspen are not open for visitors during winter. Most of them open up in spring and all the trails are buzzing with activity by June.
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