You don't have to drive too far from the city to happen upon a beautiful place to take a hike.
I am amazed at the beauty of the trees in the Northeast. While Illinois praries are beautiful themselves this time of year, it is great to be able to experience a forest full of hardwoods as they change.
We saw mostly brillant yellows and oranges, not the reds I had expected. Maybe the maples had changed already and I missed their display.