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Old 04-26-2016, 07:54 AM
 
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I have never been to CO before and am doing a fun trip from Denver to Aspen from 6/8 to 6/12. We will have time to stop and see/do things along the way a little bit, such as visit Hanging Lake. What other things should we see/do along that path from Denver to Aspen that won't take several hours to do? Are there some quick stop sights along the way?

In addition, what should we get into for Aspen? Any certain rafting, hiking, tour stuff to do? Any particular bars/pubs to visit? Any thoughts are good. Thank you!

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Old 04-26-2016, 08:38 AM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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Hanging Lake will take 2-3 hours to hike to and back. That along with the 4 ish hours to get to Aspen and some lunch will pretty much eat up your day. I like Wolcott Yacht Club for lunch, it's about 30 minutes past Vail if that falls inline with your schedule. You might try posting on TripAdvisors Aspen forum for some more answers.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I know some people who have guided for this company and it is a top notch outfit: Aspen Whitewater Rafting | Colorado & Aspen Rafting Trips
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:40 AM
 
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You might consider a stop in East Vail, just off of I-70 to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. This is an unusual display in one place of the stuff that grows in the higher elevations ... and more of it than you might ever see in days of hiking around the Aspen area. Easy to access with good parking and the gardens are steps away from the parking lot.

For lunch enroute, consider Blu's in Vail. Overlooks Gore Creek ... reasonably priced, easy access from the Vail parking garage at the Transportation Center. Of course, there are several other restaurants in that immediate area which may capture your fancy ... with ready access and a nice break in your travel to Aspen without taking a lot of time.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:04 AM
 
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Drive over Independence Pass on your way to/from Aspen. Spectacular drive.
Visit Maroon Bells.
Skip the Hanging Lake hike. It's become way too popular and disrespectful idiots are trashing it. It's a crying shame. Visitors Overwhelm Hanging Lake Trail
Raft the Roaring Fork with the outfit SkyDog recommended.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:34 AM
 
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Colorado Tourism, Historic Railroad, Scenic Train Rides | Georgetown Loop Railroad

Road up Mt. Evans.

Picnic at one of the lakes you drive by, probably Lake Dillon.

Take the back way in or out of Aspen.
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:26 AM
 
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Drive over Independence Pass on your way to/from Aspen. Spectacular drive.
This is what I would do. Denver-->Leadville-->Twin Lakes-->Independence Pass-->Aspen

It's a great drive.
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Old 04-27-2016, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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This is what I would do. Denver-->Leadville-->Twin Lakes-->Independence Pass-->Aspen

It's a great drive.
Totally agree that this is a must do. However, if anyone is faint of heart, don't do this drive in reverse order. Going from west to east over Independence is very scary for those of us with a fear of heights -- the edge of the pavement is the edge of the road for what seems like thousands of feet.
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Old 04-27-2016, 01:48 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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This is what I would do. Denver-->Leadville-->Twin Lakes-->Independence Pass-->Aspen

It's a great drive.
Certainly do this route one direction or the other. Consider a route through buena Vista to Inde Pass., even add Colorado Springs / Garden of Gods if possible. It makes a nice round trip, not much longer in time, especially if you avoid Denver Traffic.

Vail / Glenwood Canyon is worth the effort one direction.
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Old 04-27-2016, 02:23 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Consider your excursions elsewhere than Aspen, do a search for reviews / adventure treks and determine what best suits your desires and skillset (And budget).

Aspen is a bit far out there for most of us (price and dealing with the 'outfitters' who cater to that crowd).
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