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.

Maudslay State Park—Newburyport, MA

It’s no surprise that New England has few rivals when it comes to abundant fall color and small towns sprinkled among the forests, but this 480-acre estate is well worth a visit. Be sure and check out the rose garden, which is surrounded by trees whose leaves put on a big display. You’ll also find plenty of formal gardens, a stone bridge, historic buildings and a path along the Merrimack River—all perfect for your family fall photo shoot.


photo: Gerald Azenaro 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