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.

Chicago Botanic Garden—Chicago, IL

Who says you have to leave the city limits to be wowed by autumn colors? The Chicago Botanic Garden features 385 acres of gardens to explore and in the autumn you’ll find not just brilliant tree colors (on trees great and small) but also lots of cool events like their night of 10,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns in late October. Kids can grab seasonal bingo cards to spot what has changed since the last season. Find more Chicago-area leaf gazing here.


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

—Amber Guetebier

featured photo: Annie Spratt via Unsplash