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.

Tualatin Hills Nature Park—Beaverton, OR

Though it’s just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from downtown Portland, this park feels a world away. It’s a 222-acre wildlife preserve and home to a variety of animals along with some stunning fall foilage. Hit the 5-mile (paved) Vine Maple Trail for your postcard perfect shot. Word to the wise: no pups except service animals allowed. Click here for other nearby parks for stunning color hikes.


photo: Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District


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

—Amber Guetebier

featured photo: Annie Spratt via Unsplash