Travel to Aspen, Colorado – Episode 264

categories: USA Travel


The Amateur Traveler talks to Kara Williams of about Aspen, Colorado.

Like so many locals who live in that area of Colorado, Kara came for the winters but stayed for the summers.

She tells us about this historic silver-mining town that is better known as a winter playground for the wealthy now than for its mining past. Whether you are skiing, hiking, or fly fishing it has a wealth of outdoor activities. It offers great, if not always inexpensive, food and a wealth of artistic events set in a gorgeous mountain valley.

Kara describes side trips to the Ghost towns of Ashcroft and Independence, to the continental divide at Independence Pass and to the caves at The Grottos.

She also tells you whether the Aspen Crud is something you want to get. Aspen also hosts festivals as diverse as the Aspen Institute, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, the Aspen Music Festival, and School and Aspen Summer Words.

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Show Notes

Aspen, Colorado
Wheeler Opera House
Ashcroft, Colorado
Aspen Institute
Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Aspen Music Festival and School
Aspen Summer Words
Aspen Official Website
Viceroy Snowmass
Restaurants / Food / Libations

  • Il Mulino – Italian
  • Ajax Tavern
  • the popcorn wagon
  • Th J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome – order an Aspen Crud?
  • Ink Coffee – blended black and white


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

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