Aspen, Colorado: Paradise in the Rockies

Aspen, one of the most iconic ski-scenes in the U.S., is located about four hours west of Denver. A small city of under 10,000 people, Aspen is home to an international jet set and residents comprised artists, successful entrepreneurs, movie stars and politicians, among others. It’s come a long way from its origins as a rough mining camp, once home to one of the world’s richest silver-mining operations.

Located in one of the most awe-inspiring valleys in Colorado, Aspen offers some of the most beautiful scenery and expensive lifestyles in the U.S.A. Today it is home to one of the most prestigious cultural events in the U.S.: the Aspen Music FestivalThe annual summer festival offers international orchestras, musical soloists, singers, and dancers a chance to showcase their talents and entertain crowds from around the world. More than 350 classical music events take place during the eight-week span from July to August, including performances by four on-site orchestras, chamber music, opera, contemporary music, children’s events, lectures, and discussions. There are up to eight events a day and more than 100,000 patrons participate.

As a vacation destination, Aspen should certainly be on your list of places to visit while studying English in the U.S. The town can be affordable for a short visit, especially during the spring, summer and fall (the off-season for skiing). Just take a look at the stunningly beautiful Maroon Bells pictured above to get an idea of the dramatic scenery of the area. Add horseback riding, camping, hiking, and fishing, and you truly have an outdoor paradise.