Nothing will make you forget all about summer like the crunch of leaves under your feet as you take in some of the finest displays of color nature has to offer. From the urban gardens of Chicago to the peaks of the Smoky Mountains, we’ve picked 17 of our favorite places to see fall color with the family. Click through the slideshow below to “leave” your cares behind and start planning your next autumnal adventure.

Moosehead Lake—Northwest Piscataquis, ME

A popular spot for summering, don’t overlook this scenic spot for some serious fall color. The lake itself is the largest lake east of the Mississippi (all contained in one state) and the terrain ranges from rugged to rambling. For easy treks we recommend the Burnt Jacket Mountain trail, which is just 2-miles round trip, and takes you to the top of the mountain for great views. LIly Bay State Park also affords some easy trails and picnic/beach area to explore. For the waterfall types, explore Moxie Falls.

Online: mooseheadlake.org

photo: Dana Moos via flickr

What’s your favorite spot to see fall colors? Tell us in a comment below!

—Amber Guetebier

featured photo: Annie Spratt via Unsplash