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.

Malibu Creek State Park—Agoura Hills, CA

Head for the hills, or the mountains at least: the Santa Monica Mountains provide some of the best leaf peeping in the southern half of the state. Here you’ll find old growth trees, low elevation hiking for newbies and the requisite babbling brook. Because the park also sports lots of sycamore trees, the fall color lasts well into the winter months. Want more Los Angeles area fall color hikes? Check them out here.


photo: J. Maughn 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