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.

Fish Creek—Door County, WI

This little town in Door County puts on one of the best fall color displays in the state and some of the best in the entire country. Along with pumpkin patches and apple orchards, this part of the northern Door Peninsula keeps you snapping those photos with shot after shot of postcard-worthy images. Visit Fish Creek Park to start: it’s a 27-acre walking park full of easy with views of the creek and small ponds. Peninsula State Park will offer plenty of views of Lake Michigan and the historic Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. After all that exploring, grab a crazy-good wood-fired pizza a Wild Tomato and pop into the Whistling Swan Inn for dessert (and a pint!).


photo: Michael Pelto 


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

—Amber Guetebier

featured photo: Annie Spratt via Unsplash