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.

Mount Rainier—Ashton, WA

Just under two hours from Seattle, this extinct volcano is not just for summer trips: fall is a stunning time to visit. You’ll find less crowds, way fewer bugs and a gorgeous array of trails to take on, from basic to advance. Sep. 19-20 hosts the Rainier Mountain Festival—think everything from music to yoga to alpine games to celebrity mountaineers. Looking for more fall color excursions near Seattle? Check here.

Online: visitrainier.com

photo: Susan 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