America's Favorite Mountain Towns
outdoor dining in summer in the mountains by Aspen, CO
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America's Favorite Mountain Towns

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Jeremy Swanson

Head for the hills: these cool mountain towns beckon with outdoor adventures, festivals, and local color.

No. 1 Aspen, CO

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With 14,000-foot peaks, Aspen is a marquee destination for skiing. But America’s No. 1 mountain town and overall favorite town keeps the party going year round with festivals celebrating art, food, wine, and music. There’s even the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is appropriately suited to a town voted No. 3 for both its festivals and its intelligent locals. (Aspenites also happened to rank No. 2 for attractiveness.) In this laid-back yet moneyed town, it’s not unusual to see billionaires and ski bums elbow-to-elbow, throwing back beers at watering holes like the Aspen Brewing Company and Hops Culture.

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outdoor dining in summer in the mountains by Aspen, CO

America's Favorite Mountain Towns

No. 1 Aspen, CO

With 14,000-foot peaks, Aspen is a marquee destination for skiing. But America’s No. 1 mountain town and overall favorite town keeps the party going year round with festivals celebrating art, food, wine, and music. There’s even the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is appropriately suited to a town voted No. 3 for both its festivals and its intelligent locals. (Aspenites also happened to rank No. 2 for attractiveness.) In this laid-back yet moneyed town, it’s not unusual to see billionaires and ski bums elbow-to-elbow, throwing back beers at watering holes like the Aspen Brewing Company and Hops Culture.

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