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.

Smoky Mountains—Gatlinburg, TN

Whether you’re going to drive the mountain roads, hike the many trails or climb to the top of the Space Needle to survey the land (or do all of these!) autumn is an ideal time to visit the Gatlinburg area. Head to the highest point in the Smokies—the observation tower at Clingmans Dome—for a view of the changing colors from 6,643 ft. It’s a scenic drive and a short hike to the tower.

Online: gatlinburg.com

photo: Jerry and Pat Donaho 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