Is there a better time for a hike than fall? We’d happily debate this one, as certain as we are that the answer is a hard no. The temps are perfect; the leaves are changing; and as the foliage starts to fall, you get clear views on crisp days of scenic America—its majestic lakes and purple mountains—off in the distance. We hike to burn some calories, sure, but mostly to pause, and look, and breathe deeply. As we move into cooler weather, here are 25 of the best fall hikes across the U.S. to take in autumn’s colors before winter hides them in white.

Reposted from Conde Nast Traveler