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Things to do in Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Aspen, Vail + The Mountains. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Aspen, Vail + The Mountains attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Aspen, Vail + The Mountains to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Aspen, Vail + The Mountains.

  • 39 Degrees at the Sky Hotel

    A hipper-than-thou vibe permeates this chic hotel bar that spills out to a heated pool, waterfall, and pair of fire pits. After dark, Prada-clad sc... More
  • Adventure Point Tubing

    Got kids?Go tubing. It sounds, well, juvenile, but spinning 360s in a rubber tube down an iced-over track is belly-ache-inducing fun. Plus, Keyston... More
  • Amen Wardy

    A boutique established by retailer Amen Wardy, this high-end shop is stocked with unique home accents. Wardy, who has worked in home design since 1... More
  • Aspen Brewing Company

    Aspen Brewing Company turns out small batches of brown and hefeweizen-style ales, along with four other brews (including a cleverly named I.P.A., t... More
  • Aspen Ideas Festival

    Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, and Jordan’s Queen Noor are among the hundreds of luminaries who have passed through for public panels and talks unde... More
  • Aspen Institute

    Founded in 1950, the institute has—especially in the almost four years since its president, Walter Isaacson, inaugurated the Ideas Festival—vaulted... More
  • Aspen Music Festival

    The Music Festival promotes classical music under the tents of the Aspen Institute. More
  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

    No place in the world remotely as small as Aspen (population 6,000) can boast such high-powered cultural institutions. More
  • Aspen Saturday Market

    Established in 1998, the Aspen Saturday Market showcases only goods that are produced, made, or grown in Colorado. Held every saturday from June th... More
  • Belly Up Aspen

    The town’s first contemporary-music dance venue brings in world-class acts (MSTRKRFT, Seal, Cake) year-round. More
  • Breckenridge Ski Resort

    Buy a lift ticket and hit the slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort, which dazzles skiers and snowboarders with a 3,398-foot vertical rise and 155 trai... More
  • Daylight Donuts

    This franchise, diner-style donut shop on North Main Street has its own proprietary donut mix and medium-roast coffee. They make filled, frosted, s... More
  • Dog Sledding

    Climb into a sled and drive your dogs along 10,000 acres of terrain in Diamond Star Ranch near Vail. Two tours per day run during the winter, and a... More
  • First Fridays Art Walk, Aspen

    Aspen residents head to Carbondale the first Friday of each month for the First Fridays Art Walk, in which the whole downtown is closed for gallery... More
  • Five Star Destinations

    Offering 150 properties in Aspen, its agents will also make hard-to-get dinner reservations. More

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