Apuseni Nature Park
Most visitors come here just to relax and take in the mountain air or to hike or cave in the adjacent Apuseni Nature Park, a remote expanse of mountains in the 1600m–1800m range that fans out to the north. Hiking trails leave from the villages of Vârtop, Arieşeni and Gârda de Sus. Ask the visitors centre for a trail map or buy the 1:150,000 Apuseni Mountains map (15 lei). The website www.padis.ro is an excellent source of information in English.
Hwy 75 is chock-a-block with hotels, pensions and private rooms (camere). Also be on the lookout for cazare (accommodation) signs and green ones reading 'Reţea Turistica' (Tourism Network).
Hotels and pensions often have restaurants, and homestay hosts will be happy to serve you breakfast/lunch/dinner for 15/20/25 lei.