5 Reasons To Visit Aspen This Summer
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, The Aspen Institute, Theatre Aspen, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet are just a sample of Aspen's artistic heritage. Notables coming to town this summer include: Peter Ho Davies and Tom Perrotta (Aspen Summer Words), Jack Johnson and Lionel Richie (Jazz Aspen Snowmass), Renee Fleming and Bobbie McDuffie (Aspen Music Festival & School), and more. For more information on Aspen's elevated cultural offerings for summer 2018 click here.
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. The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport recently announced that American Airlines will continue daily service from Dallas Fort-Worth on a year-round basis (previously it was seasonal). Delta Air Lines will continue the nonstop flights from Salt Lake City (SLC) year-round into Aspen Snowmass (ASE). United Airlines will expand their spring service from Denver (DIA) to five flights daily.
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.
4. New in Aspen: Each season Aspen welcomes a boom of new businesses and big news for visitors. This summer guests can enjoy a new underground bar, "Bad Harriet," opening this June at the Hotel Jerome, along with new eateries including Clark's Oyster Bar, 7908, and Aspen Public House. 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.