Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series.. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Aspen, Colorado? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Aspen?”
Nestled in a valley carved by a tributary of the Colorado River, at the base of a celestially dazzling mountain range known for its impressive powder, Aspen is a world unto its own. While putting turns in on world-class runs is arguably the biggest draw, you certainly don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to enjoy Aspen. You can still participate in the legendary apres-ski scene, dine at a bevy of dynamic restaurants, people-watch at colorful watering holes, poke around the high-fashion shops and lounge aroundathe many fireplaces. Considering this year is the 75th anniversary of Aspen Snowmass ski resort’s opening, there’s even more reason to visit this season, with more events, parties and (perhaps most importantly) heavily discounted cocktails at on-mountain bars and restaurants.
Aspen, it should be noted, is considered the playground for the rich and famous, so that dizziness you feel might have less to do with the altitude and more to do with the atmospheric prices. Don’t let that deter you, though. There’s plenty to do in Aspen no matter your budget. Read on for our tips on where to eat, drink, play and stay.