America's Best Parks for Picnics

Where to dine alfresco all across the country

There are over a million acres of urban parkland across the U.S., and city dwellers take serious pleasure in arranging a blanket on these great lawns for a delicious picnic feast. Some plots are nobler than others, however, and a little extra planning can mean the difference between a crispy, sun-scorched setting and a shady stretch overlooking snowcapped peaks. Not far from the country's outstanding picnic spots, there are also fantastic places to cobble together a portable meal — from renowned chefs' take-out joints to gourmet markets selling cult California cheeses. — Ratha Tep

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