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.

Columbia River Gorge—OR & WA

Take your pick: on the Oregon side you can get up close and personal with some stunning color without having to stray too far from your auto, plus you get the added bonus of waterfalls. Try the gentle 2.4 mile hike around Latourell Falls or the explore the grand dame of Multnomah Falls. Make a stop in Corbett, OR at the historic Vista House . On the Washington side you’ll have less waterfall and more sweeping views. Check out the Goldendale Observatory and surrounding park for an unforgettable autumnal site.  

Online: fs.usda.gov/crgnas


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

—Amber Guetebier

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