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by , SmarterTravel Staff - September 18, 2009
Colorado Aspens

Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway, Colorado

During the fall, Colorado's landscape becomes a tapestry of colors. The popular Aspen trees turn golden hues in September, and one of the best spots to witness this transformation is from the world's largest flat-top mountain. You can reach it by taking the 63-mile Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway, which begins off route 70 and passes by lakes, fields of wildflowers, narrow canyons, and evergreen forests.

Not to be missed: Cedaredge, where you can tour Pioneer Town, a 19th-century western village complete with saloon, jail, and blacksmith shop. The town also hosts an Applefest Gala each October.

Before you go, check to see when the colors are at peak.

(Photo: iStockphoto/David Morgan)

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