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10 reasons Autumn is a Fantastic Time to Visit Aspen

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Aspen? If you thought winter sports, you’re not alone. What about the second? Probably some sort of summer sport or activity. Aspen is a hub for winter and summer sports, but what most people don’t often realize is that fall is a fantastic time to visit Aspen. If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway that entails beautiful colors, cozy fires, chunky sweaters, leisurely hikes and crisp apples, Aspen is the place to be. Here are 10 great reasons to visit Aspen this fall:

  1. Topping the list- to no one’s surprise- is Aspen’s spectacular foliage. As one of the top locations in the country to see breathtaking fall colors, Aspen is aptly named after the abundance of Aspen trees that populate the area. The leaves turn from a rich green to vibrant reds, golds, and oranges. You can take a hike or drive through Maroon Bells to see these colors, or if you’re looking for a more extreme experience Aspen offers paragliding adventures that show off the area’s pristine scenery from above.

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    Maroon Bells Flickr: W.G. Dayton
  2. If you’re looking to taste some Colorado grown produce, the Aspen Saturday Market is the place to be. Every Saturday through mid-October, the market sets up in the heart of town. Along with delicious, local, natural food, the Aspen Saturday Market offers crafts and live music.
  3. When the great outdoors call, Aspen has hikes that range from beginner trails to guided hikes up of Colorado’s 14,000 ft. peaks. Popular hiking trails include Grizzly Peak, American Lake, Hunter Creek Valley, and Cathedral Lake. Whether you want to relax while taking in the breathtaking colors, or view Aspen from above, there is a hike for everyone.

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    View of Maroon Bells from Creek Valley Flickr: Dhaval Shreyas
  4. Calling all film buffs! The Aspen FilmFest is celebrating its 38th year. Starting September 21st, the film festival offers audiences first looks at award-worthy movies and previews. Dining at the Filmfest Cafe makes for a perfect fall evening in Aspen.
  5. If you prefer to see the sights at a slightly faster pace, biking around Aspen is the perfect solution. The Maroon Creek trail is one of the most iconic trails in Colorado, and starting in October it is closed to all automotive vehicles- bikes get exclusive access! For a more advanced trail, bike up the grueling Independence Pass.

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    Biking in Aspen Flickr: Aspen Snowmass
  6. If art is more your speed, the Aspen Art museum features modern art coupled with community involvement. This ideal results in a city-wide appreciation for modern art. The exhibits change regularly, providing new and timely installments. A casual stroll through the museum is a perfect late-afternoon activity.
  7. For those who prefer running to hiking or biking, Aspen is the host of one of the most beautiful races in the country. On September 24th, 2016, the Golden Leaf Half Marathon will take place on a picturesque trail from Snowmass Village to the town of Aspen.
  8. Get ready to Belly Up and boogie down at Aspen’s premier music venue. Belly Up Aspen is the destination for everyone interested in the music scene. September headliners include The Killers and The Spazmatics, while October and November see bands such as The Dean Ween Group and Cabinet and Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. If you’re a sports buff, Belly Up is also the place in Aspen to watch all of your favorite NFL teams.
  9. Who doesn’t love Mac & Cheese? On September 10th, 2016, the Mac & Cheese Festival will return to Aspen. Taste the surrounding area’s best Mac & Cheese for FREE! Pro Tip: Be sure to bring your own spoon.

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    Aspen Mac & Cheese Festival- Aspen Recreation
  10. My Aspen Rental is the perfect place to unwind after a jam-packed autumn day in Aspen. You can soak in the hot tub while enjoying the crisp fall air, or curl up by the fire for a relaxing night. No matter what you choose to do during your fall getaway, My Aspen Rental is the perfect place to call home.