The editors at Country Living Magazine have compiled their favorite places across the country to host a picnic. So grab your baskets and blankets, and enjoy the summer with a beautiful outdoor spread.
Take in views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline at Hawk Hill, an excellent picnic spot, where you can frequently see hawks and other raptors. nps.gov/goga
New York City’s Central Park offers countless picnic-perfect grassy fields, plus free films, theater performances, and public tours throughout the summer. Check out the events at SummerStage, the park’s free concert series. summerstage.org
Located on Norfolk, Va.’s downtown waterfront, Town Point Park hosts more than 100 days of free special events, including the Great American 4th of July Picnic & Fireworks. virginia.org
At Sunset Bay State Park in Coos Bay, Ore., picnic right along the water, then spend the day beachcombing, fishing, swimming, or boating. oregonstateparks.org
More than 72,000 acres are available for picnicking at Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Many spots, including beautiful Picnic Mountain, are within walking distance of Lake Michigan’s impressive sand dunes and beaches. nps.gov/slbe
In Kentucky, pack a lunch and head to picturesque Mammoth Cave National Park, home to the world’s longest known cave system — more than 365 miles! — as well as scenic picnic areas, covered pavilions, campsites, and miles of hiking trails. nps.gov/maca