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Aspen Introduction


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The mountain town of Aspen, Colorado, has had several lives: a thriving silver-mining mecca, a deserted town and a laid-back resort. Since its final transformation in the 1940s, Aspen has offered a rich mix of recreation and culture with a comfortable, casual style and an ample splash of elegance in its accommodations, restaurants and boutiques.  Click here to see the full Aspen travel guide on Travel42 »

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Aspen Geography


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Mountains are the most prominent feature of Aspen. Sixteen peaks surround the city, but the most prominent are Red Mountain to the north, Smuggler Mountain to the east and Aspen Mountain to the south—it stretches all the way to the sidewalks downtown. Nearby Mount Elbert is the tallest in Colorado at 14,443 ft/4,475 m.  Click here to see the full Aspen travel guide on Travel42 »

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Aspen History


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The mountains surrounding Aspen once served as prime hunting grounds for the Ute tribe. The area remained quiet until 1879, when the silver strike put Aspen on the map. The town grew quickly, and by 1890, it was Colorado's third-largest city. When the silver market crashed in 1893, the town was deserted and virtually forgotten.  Click here to see the full Aspen travel guide on Travel42 »

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Aspen Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Aspen doesn't have many historical landmarks or high-rises, though it does enjoy a backdrop of Victorian-era gingerbread homes from its mining-town past. Still, most visitors are more enthralled with the view of the surrounding peaks.   Click here to see the full Aspen travel guide on Travel42 »

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Aspen Nightlife


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While the well-heeled and sporty may go to Aspen for the skiing, the nightlife attracts just as much, if not more, attention. In this year-round town with a relaxed mood, Hollywood celebs rub elbows with nonplussed locals.   Click here to see the full Aspen travel guide on Travel42 »

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Aspen Restaurants & Dining


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Aspen's relationship with entrepreneur restaurateurs is mixed—many have opened doors only to close them a year or two later. Others have figured out the Aspen market and created popular restaurants that have been around for decades. Each season offers a couple of new restaurants and bars vying to be the next hot spot, so you'll have plenty of dining choices. Indeed, fierce competition between world-class dining establishments ensures that places often try new things and refresh their menus.   Click here to see the full Aspen travel guide on Travel42 »

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