3. College Town Charm: Missoula, Montana
Outdoors, academics, and earthly comforts—that’s Missoula at a glance. Head to the Clark Fork, a river popular with trout-fishing enthusiasts and kayakers alike, to see the blazing yellow cottonwoods before indulging in the season’s bounty, including warm scones, bags of huckleberries, and bars of patchouli soap, at the Saturday farmers’ market along the riverbank.
4. Peaceful Gold Country: Ruby Mountains, Nevada
Let the golden leaves and open roads welcome you to this quiet cowboy country. Drive the Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway* to wind along 12 miles of craggy cliffs through the glacier-carved canyon. At the top, throw on your hiking boots and meander down the Island Lake Trail before heading back into Elko, a charming old gold-mining town. *Editor's note: Part of Lamoille Canyon Road is temporarily closed for repairs. Check road conditions before going.