Aspen Is the Perfect Summer Travel Spot

Photography by Jeremy Swanson

Text by Katie Ellis

Whether you’re seeking a summer filled with arts and culture or an outdoor adventure, Aspen, Colorado, offers something for the whole family. At nearly 8,000 feet, it is one of the most elevated cities in the United States. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, this charming ski resort town is not only a popular winter retreat but also a destination that holds just as much beauty and excitement in the warmer summer months. With miles of designated trails for hiking and biking and incredible scenic drives, there are tons of options for relishing the outdoors this season.

Photography by Emily Chaplin

And if your idea of recreation includes luxury shopping, Aspen boasts a wealth of unique antiques shops, art galleries, and boutiques to explore. Conveniently concentrated in a pedestrian-friendly, five-block area downtown, the local offerings make it easy to enjoy a memorable day hunting for cottage-style treasures before stopping to refuel on a restaurant patio.

Photography by Jeremy Swanson

A trip to the top of Aspen Mountain is a must while you are in town. A ride on the Silver Queen Gondola guarantees incredible views and is a great way to quickly reach the mountaintop, where delicious on-mountain dining and a myriad of trails and family-friendly activities await.

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