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.

Lake Superior North Shore—Cook County, MN

From the shores of Lake Superior and Split Rock Lighthouse, an iconic lighthouse and history museum, to the gondola ride above Mt. Lutsen, there’s no shortage of fall splendor along this stretch of Northern Minnesota. Hike through Gooseberry Falls State Park for that unbelievable combo of fall color and one of the best waterfalls in the entire state. Keep heading north to the town of Grand Marais where you can take some inspiring classes at the North House Folk School. Click here for more tips for visiting this stretch of Lake Superior shoreline.


photo courtesy Visit Cook County/Lutsen Mountain



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

—Amber Guetebier

featured photo: Annie Spratt via Unsplash