As June 18th marks International Picnic Day, you might be feeling the urge to pack up a basket filled with tasty treats and your red-checkered tablecloth and find a spot to dine in the great outdoors. Even if you can’t sneak away for a picnic this Picnic Day, you can take your appetite for feasting outside to these perfect perches on your next trip across the U.S. (just much sure you clean up after your meal):
The National Sculpture Garden: If you walked into one of the many of the museums in Washington D.C. and laid out a picnic, you would probably be asked to leave, except for one – kind of. The National Sculpture Garden sits right on the National Mall. Intended for enjoyment year round, the National Sculpture Garden features a growing collection of outdoor sculpture that you can picnic around on a nice summer day. Not only does the park feature art pieces but also you can appreciate native American plant species of canopy trees, flowering trees and perennials. With plenty of walking and seating areas and a fountain at the center of the garden, this perch in Washington D.C. oozes a picnic friendly feel.
Will Rogers State Historic Park: If you decided to make your picnic in California on a celebrity’s private ranch, you could face jail time, but at the Will Rogers State Historic Park laying down your picnic is a welcome activity. Famous actor Will Rogers originally purchased the land for the park in Santa Monica in the 1920s. After his death, his wife Betty gave the land to California State Parks. Ever since, the land has become a historic landmark where you can tour Roger’s restored ranch house, take riding lessons, go on a trail ride or even hike. And for picnickers, the spot is particularly appealing for its wealth of activities and many picnic areas to enjoy.
Walden Pond: Such a picnic perch needs no introduction. Walden Pond is the famous spot where Henry David Thoreau holed up from 1845 to 1847 and eventually penned the book Walden from his experiences on Walden Pond. Due to Thoreau’s legacy, the space has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Considered the birthplace of the conservation movement, Walden Pond now boasts well-preserved land and that 102-foot deep glacial pond. A popular swimming spot in the summer, picnics are welcome in a space that has retained its solace and solitude for being close to busy Boston.
Fort Williams Park: Maine is proud of its lighthouses, especially the Portland Head Light. One of the oldest lighthouses in the country, Portland Head Light rests within Fort Williams Park, a prime spot to picnic. The 90-acre park sits just 20 minutes from Portland and provides views of that historic lighthouse, one commissioned by none other than George Washington. The space lends a good spot to picnic while gazing at the Atlantic, perhaps with a lobster roll stashed in the basket.