If you are traveling to Aspen from abroad for the first time, the journey can be very exciting as well as confusing. The anxiety of passport control, flight connections, baggage handling, immigration, et. lingers throughout the flight journey. It stays with you until you land at your destination, but even then, the journey isn’t quite done.
Now, there is another problem to take care of, and baggage claim is not it. It is getting yourself and your companions through the Rocky Mountains, over the Vail Pass and into Aspen itself. Along with all your luggage, skis, backpacks, and so on. When all you want to do is rest after a long exhausting flight you should consider your options carefully as this is an important decision to make.
Airport Shuttle Service from DIA to Aspen
Try Blue Sky Limo’s DIA to Aspen Airport Shuttle Service. This company offers an incredible luxury ride. They are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for pick up. This is actually the highest Google reviews rated airport shuttle service operating in Pitken county, so you know you are in good hands. These guys have done 100’s of airport transfers and know the Rocky Mountains like the back of their hands.
As an avid traveler, you can look forward to the wonderful views as you get a chauffeured ride to Aspen. They offer complimentary water, which helps to quench the thirst from the long airline journey. The second and third rows of the 7 passenger SUV’s have an entertainment system to keep you happy.
The cars allow for passenger-controlled air conditioning as well as free on board wifi. Those families traveling with small children can also request complementary child seats which is wonderful as that is one less thing you need to worry about when traveling with little ones.
Train Transportation from Denver to Aspen
If you are a lover of traveling by train, then there is an option if you really want to go that way. The California Zephyr connects Chicago, Denver, and Salt Lake City to San Francisco. There are several stops in between, but that helps when you want to enjoy the scenic view along the way with constant leg stretching.
While the train doesn’t stop directly in Aspen, the closest one is located near Glenwood Springs. The distance from Glenwood to Aspen is about 40 miles. So, you would have to rent a car or hire a taxi service to take you the rest of the way to Aspen.
It is important you learn a bit about the weather in the Aspen area when you’re planning to visit the town. If there are severe snow storms approaching (which there frequently are), you’re best bet really is to let the professional drivers of the area transport you. They not only know all the roads and any dangerous spots to look out for, they are also trained and experienced in driving in hazardous conditions and will get you and your family safely to Aspen.
Weather in Aspen
Normally Summers in Aspen are dry and comfortable. The winters can be very cold and a bit messy with all the snow and ice making walking, yet alone driving dangerous sometimes. However, regardless of the season, you will notice that it is quite sunny in Aspen year round.
The temperatures usually vary from 7 degrees Fahrenheit to 73 degrees Fahrenheit.
The best time to travel to Aspen is in late June and mid-August as the weather is warm and cozy.
Things to Do in Aspen
Skiing is one of the most enjoyable activities in Aspen. This small mountain town is surrounded by famous ski areas:
- Aspen Mountain
- Aspen Highland
- Snowmass Ski Resort
There are some amazing hiking spots one can challenge themselves to:
- Maroon Bells
- Owl Creek Trail
- Smuggler Mountain Trail Head
- Hunter Creek Trail Head
You can rent a car or ask your private car service chauffeur to take a 20-mile drive through Independence Pass. The road offers scenic views as well as the opportunity to drive on the highest roads in North America. One can feel like a dare-devil navigating through the tight-turns.
Be sure to also check out the Aspen Brewing Company for some really amazing local craft beers.
If you are a fan of John Denver’s music, then you must know that he was even a greater fan of Aspen, as can be heard in his songs. The town has paid tribute to Denver by setting a sanctuary in honor of his contribution to music and to Aspen itself.
Other Cool Things To Do in Aspen
- Invite your local friends around you and mingle with them. Some of them might have more to show you around on the trip than google, or trip advisor has to offer.
- You must ride Highland Bowl! If you miss it, you will regret it. That is one of the most sought-after experiences in Aspen.
- Enjoy with the locals at Highland’s end of the season party. It is a good opportunity to get close to the locals and learn about the Aspen tradition of having a theme party.
- Meet a lift operator on the last day of their work as an employee of Buttermilk. They are generous in offering free rides to the ski resort!
Aspen is a lot of fun. There are many fun and exciting things to do. Getting there is not really a challenge if you do your research. Unless you absolutely have to rent a car, consider using a luxury chauffeured Aspen airport shuttle service like Blue Sky Limo Aspen. Not only will you have a very comfortable and pleasant driving experience getting to Aspen, you’ll also get a chance to rest and relax without having to worry about driving.
Not to mention the fact that the drive itself can be hazardous, and unless you are experienced in driving through steep mountain terrain, sometimes in white out snow conditions, you might want to leave this dangerous task to trained professionals.