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.

Adirondack Park—Northville, NY

The largest park in the continental United States, it won’t surprise you to find outstanding fall color in the 6,000,000 acres of land. Don’t be overwhelmed by all that beauty though: choose one of the 14 scenic drives in the park. We love the Speculator to Indian Lake journey—it’s 24 miles of maple, beech and birch on display. Word to the wise: your phone probably won’t work here so use it as a camera and enjoy the peace.


photo: Vijay Kalakoti 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