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One of the world's fabled resorts, Aspen practically defines glitz, glamour, and glorious skiing. To the uninitiated, Aspen and Vail might be synonymous. Between the galleries, museums, music festivals, and other glittering social events, there's so much going on in Aspen that even in winter many people come simply to "do the scene," and never make it to the slopes. High-end boutiques have been known to serve free cocktails après-ski. At the same time, Aspen is a place where some people live average lives, sending their children to school and working at jobs that may or may not have to do with skiing. It is, arguably, America's original ski-bum destination, a fact that continues to give the town's character an underlying layer of humor and texture. You can come to Aspen and have a reasonably straightforward, enjoyable ski vacation, because once you've stripped away the preciousness, Aspen is simply a great place to ski. Aspen has always been a magnet for cultural and countercultural types. The late bad-boy gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson was one of the more visible citizens of the nearby community of Woody Creek. One of Aspen's most amusing figures is Jon Barnes, who tools around in his "Ultimate Taxi" (it's plastered with rainbow glasses, crystal disco balls, and neon necklaces, and is redolent of dry ice and incense).

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Ride Skyward on the Silver Queen
Ride Skyward on the Silver Queen

Watch the world pass below as you ride the gondola up 11,212-foot Aspen Mountain. Have a drink at the summit cafe or, in summer, hike a highland trail.

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The One Sight Every Aspen Visitor Must See
The One Sight Every Aspen Visitor Must See

The Maroon Bells may be the most photographed mountains in America. The easy Maroon Lake Scenic Trail leads to wonderful viewpoints of the peaks.

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A Reminder of the Silver Boomtown Era
A Reminder of the Silver Boomtown Era

Catch a concert in the 19th-century Wheeler Opera House or take a tour of the historic building, with its intimate, beautifully renovated auditorium.

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Drive to the Crest of the Rocky Mountains
Drive to the Crest of the Rocky Mountains

Take Hwy. 82 east to reach Independence Pass on the Continental Divide. The only word for the alpine scenery up here is “spectacular.”

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Relive Aspen’s Colorful Boom-and-Bust Past
Relive Aspen’s Colorful Boom-and-Bust Past

Sign up for the DarkSide tour for ghosts, murder and mayhem. Go underground on a mine tour, and learn about the silver boom in nearby Ashcroft.

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Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Samantha's Pick Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

Take in a Naturalist Night lecture or go on a guided tour on snowshoes. There’s something to do here for the whole family — no matter what the season.

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Gorgeous Hikes Abound
Samantha's Pick Gorgeous Hikes Abound

Go with Maroon Lake Scenic Trail for an easy afternoon, or if you’re looking for a challenge, hike to Cathedral Lake.

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Aspen Restaurants Are Expensive!
Samantha's Pick Aspen Restaurants Are Expensive!

To enjoy high-profile restaurants like Cache Cache and Element 47 at more affordable prices, go early to enjoy a drink and an appetizer at the bar.

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