Aspen has long been considered one of Colorado’s gems, but the city in the Roaring Fork Valley — known for its skiing and tourism — is receiving even more acclaim.
Condé Nast Traveler, a luxury lifestyle travel magazine, announced Tuesday that Aspen won its readers’ choice award for the Best Small City in the United States.
“Aspen is honored to be recognized as Condé Nast Travelers’ Best Small City,” Eliza Voss, vice president of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, said in a release. “We appreciate the recognition from such a prestigious publication and are flattered to sit alongside so many other wonderful destinations.”
Aspen is home to about 7,000 people, according to the U.S. Census, but sees an influx of visitors every year both for skiing in winter and other mountain activities in summer.
“This award underscores that our small-town charm with big-city amenities resonates with visitors and residents alike,” Voss said. “Aspen stands out as an authentic mountain town focused on responsible tourism, rich in arts and cultural offerings, with history around every corner, and year-round recreational opportunities for all abilities.”
Readers of Condé Nast noted Aspen’s arts, dining and nightlife as some of their favorite traits. They also liked the ample sunshine, cosmopolitan culture and year-round outdoor lifestyle.