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.

Nevada City, CA

This little Victorian hamlet in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada offers big charm and plenty of gorgeous color within a few hours of the San Francisco Bay Area. Head out of the town proper on Highway 49 to hike the Independence Trail for some canyon views of color you’ll want to write a poem about. Fuel up on a Cajun-inspired breakfast at Ike’s Quarter Cafe before you hit the trails. Want to do some post-hiking shopping? Get your latte at the the Curly Wolf (on the ground floor of the iconic National Hotel) and then stroll the streets.


photo: James Gaither 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