Each fall, the whispering aspens that run alongside Hwy. 125 in Colorado’s North Park area around the town of Rand turn a shocking deep gold color that will make you want to snap photos for hours.
Nip into The Rand Store for a tchotchke to remember your trip — maybe an earthenware mug, fleece jacket or stained-glass piece.
Just 15 minutes up the road is Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to moose and many birding opportunities. End your trip to Rand with a stop into the Yacht Club, an Old West-style wooden building dishing up steaks, burgers, whiskey, ice-cold beer and live music.