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The Best High-Altitude Shopping In The U.S.

“When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping.” This could read as the unofficial slogan of Aspen with its world class shops and name brand outlets.

Whether you’re decorating a home on Red Mountain or finding that perfumed bar of soap and negligee for your Valentine’s Day lover, Aspen retailers are up to the challenge.

The Hyman and Cooper Avenue malls form the heart of the shopping district. With two blocks of the town’s historic core cut off from car traffic, “the mall” harbors one of the most esthetic urban expressions in town.

In winter, Italian lights twinkle on stark aspen trees as snow drifts down like confetti. In summer, string quartets and brass ensembles enhance the mild evenings with Classical strains.

Beyond the mall, shops line a radiating grid of pedestrian-friendly streets where everything from fudge to finger cymbals, pastrami to impressionist paintings can assuage the strongest material cravings.

On a day too inclement for skiing or a Sunday afternoon when the concert is sold out, the next best entertainment is shopping the streets of Aspen. It doesn’t get any better than this!

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