5 Reasons To Visit Aspen This Summer

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1.     Arts & Culture Season: Summer brings the cultural soul of Aspen to life, with an artistic calendar rivaling those of a thriving metropolis. The esteemed Aspen Music Festival & School, the contemporary Aspen Art Museum, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Theatre Aspen, and Aspen Film  are just a sample of Aspen's artistic heritage. Notables coming to town this summer include:  The Lumineers, Billy Idol, Foo Fighters, Terrance McNally, Robert Spano (Aspen Music Festival & School), and more. 

2.     Easier access: Situated in a wide mountain valley on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies, Aspen is centered in the West's most scenic and accessible mountain ranges — the Elk Mountains and Sawatch Range, a 20-minute drive over Independence Pass to the Continental Divide.  American Airlines will continue daily service from Dallas Fort-Worth on a year-round basis from the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. United Airlines will continue their service from Denver (DIA) daily. All 2023 summer flight information can be found here

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3.     Biking: Biking is one of the hottest sports in America, at every age, and Aspen is the epicenter for biking experience and culture. From meandering riverside trails and serene road riding up to the Maroon Bells (one of the world’s most photographed peaks) to some of the region’s most extreme mountain biking, Aspen has something for every level of rider. See the top mountain biking trails in Aspen here

4.     New in Aspen: Each season Aspen welcomes a boom of new businesses and big news for visitors. This summer guests can enjoy new eateries such as Sway Thai that will be opening a ModernThai restaurant operated by New Waterloo from Austin in the former Ute City on Restaurant Row. Another new eatery, Yogi’s, a local-serving affordable cafe, will open across from Rio Grande Park from lunch to dinner. The Red Onion is set to reopen their doors again mid-summer. The June Experience ( June 22 – 25) kicks off a summer of music with one pass that allows access to over 40 performances at twelve different venues including Belly Up, Wheeler Opera House & Lobby, 39 Degrees at W Hotel, Limelight Hotel, Bon Bon, Sterling Lounge, Here House, Felix Roasting Co. Bad Harriet, Hotel Jerome, and Aspen Art Museum. VIP Passes also include dinner & shows at the Durant St. VIP Tent. The Resnick Center for Bayer Studies, which opened Summer of 2022, will debut a new exhibition Concept of a Visualist: Herbert Bayer’s World Geo-Graphic Atlas, opening in June 2023, examines Bayer’s 1953 World Geo-Graphic Atlas, a landmark work of visual education and modernist design. For information on everything new and notable coming to Aspen this summer click here.

5.     Endless Sunshine:  The sun shines in this part of the Colorado Rockies more than 300 days per year, making Aspen an ideal training environment for world-class athletes, those looking for a respite from their busy schedules, and people who just want to explore the mountains. Summer and autumn are filled with bluebird skies and warm days perfect for hiking and rock climbing, paragliding adventures and water activities. Aspen’s trails, rivers and sky are our legacy and experiencing Aspen in its simplest form is as easy as opening the front door. Start planning your summer adventures here.

Learn more about planning a vacation that defies ordinary this summer in Aspen,

There's something for everyone this summer in Aspen, so get out there and enjoy! Don't forget to tag us on social @AspenCo for a chance to be featured on our page and website!
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