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.

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum—Bristol, RI

There are fall colors and then there are fall colors as a backdrop to an early 1900s mansion that is country manor enough to make you feel posh just by being in its shadow. You can actually tour the 45-room mansion, along with the spectacular gardens including many rare and unusual plants. There are also a host of events including regular guided Saturday Strolls and yoga (through the end of Sep.).


photo: Liz West 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