To most people (including myself) Aspen is synonymous for skiing and winter resorts. This amazing region attracts tourists from around the world along with countless celebrities. However, for those of us that are not obsessed with snow, this city is also a highly attractive summertime destination. To illustrate this point, here are 10 great reasons to visit Aspen in the Summer.
1. Silver Queen Gondola
If you want to enjoy delicious fine dining and breathtaking views this summer, then riding on the Silver Queen Gondola is a prerequisite. These amazing lifts elevate to a staggering height of 12,000 feet.
2. Maroon Bells
If you are an Instagram fanatic or just love amazing scenery, then a visit to Maroon Bells is a must. This epic mountain range comprises two peaks (Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak) which have a summit of 14,019 feet (4273 m).
3. Aspen Art Museum
As an artist, I always love adding a cultural element to my holidays. That is why a visit to Aspen Art Museum during a summer getaway sounds like a great idea. This gallery (designed by architect Shigeru Ban) has a broad range of drawings, painting, sculptures, and multimedia installations.
4. Roaring Fork River
Roaring Fork River is 70 miles long and is one of the main tributaries of the Colorado River. During summer months, tourists can enjoy many activities such as rafting and kayaking. The river also attracts keen fisherman because of its abundance of trout.
5. Aspen Brewing Company
On vacations, I tend to love hiking through nature trails and experiencing local scenery. However, it’s also nice to enjoy some down-time, and that is why a visit to the Aspen Brewing Company seems very appealing. With an exclusive range of craft beers, it will certainly delight purists.
6. Independence Pass
Independence Pass (formerly known as Hunter Pass) is situated in the Rocky Mountains between Aspen and Twin Lake. At the summit, it climaxes at 12,095 feet (3,687 metres) and therefore offers spectacular views of the surrounding area, which attract hikers in the summer season.
7. Rio Grande Trail
If you are an adrenaline junky who’s obsessed with exercise, then the Rio Grande Trail is definitely worth a go. Spanning 42-miles from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, this scenic trail is ideal for summer mountain biking.
8. Glenwood Springs
What makes vacationing so enjoyable is the freedom to do the things that you want. Aspen has many high octane activities to burn off all those excess calories. However, if relaxing is your thing, Glenwood Springs (the world’s largest) Hot Springs Pool offers the ultimate chill-out experience for guests.
9. Dancing Fountain
Dancing Fountain is one of the jewels in Aspen’s crown, and that is why summer tourists flock in their droves. This sculptural water feature created by Nick DeWolf and Travis Fulton is enjoyed by all ages. Even though the fountain is nearly 40-years old, its allure hasn’t diminished in the slightest.
10. John Denver Sanctuary
Located in the heart of Aspen John Denver Sanctuary is a favourite picnicking spot for families. Named after the legendary musician, there are several boulders (positioned in a circle) inscribed with the singer’s lyrics. This makes the sanctuary place ideal for meditation, whilst viewing the beautifully manicured gardens.