There isn’t much in the world that can rival the enjoyment brought forth from tasty food, good weather and great company. So, why not combine all three?

A picnic in the park is an inexpensive way to enjoy a romantic meal with your loved one in an outdoor setting. Alternatively, it can also serve as a fun outdoor activity with your family or friends. There’s no denying that a picnic in the park is a special treat, but a picnic in a NATIONAL park? Well, that’s an ADVENTURE!

Redwoods National Park

In the summer of 2013, I embarked on a road trip from Chicago to California. The purpose of the trip was two-fold: To visit family and friends while simultaneously exploring one of the most beautiful areas of the country. While I was there, I had the opportunity to enjoy a handful of picnics in the middle of Redwood National Park.

Redwood Trees in Forest, Northwest Rain Forest

Many of our readers may know Redwood as home to the tallest trees on Earth. You may also be interested in learning the park is also home to woodlands, wild riverways and nearly 40 miles of pristine coastline. That’s right… bring a camera!

With 360-degree scenic views in certain areas, a picnic in the Redwoods is better than any meal at a 5-star restaurant. (DTN Tip: Before your picnic, explore one of the area’s many local farmer’s markets for healthy food options or pack your own lunch in advance!)

Shenandoah National Park

One of the hidden gems of the park service is tucked among the mountains of Virginia. Whether you have an hour, a day, or a week, you won’t want to miss a stop to Shenandoah National Park.

Arguably the most visited part of Shenandoah National Park is the Skyline Drive. Also known as a National Scenic Byway, this is a 105-mile long road that winds its way along the mountain tops of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which include a portion of the famous Appalachian Trail.

View From Skyline Drive

Picnic areas in Shenandoah are large and scenic, and offer a pleasant place to relax or enjoy the company of friends. There are picnic tables with grills nearby and restrooms are also accessible. (DTN Tip: Pack your lunch in advance or use one of the nearby grills to enjoy a delicious dinner under a scenic backdrop.)

Yosemite National Park

One of the nation’s most well-known national parks, Yosemite spans almost 1,200 square miles in Northern California. The park includes a variety of natural wonders, such as waterfalls, forests, valleys, and more.

From “Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.”

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

Millions of annual visitors experience Yosemite’s beauty and its many opportunities for enjoyment. Picnic areas are available throughout Yosemite on a first-come, first-served basis (reservations are not available) from dawn to dusk. Unless otherwise noted, all picnic areas in Yosemite have picnic tables, vault toilets, garbage and recycling receptacles. (DTN Tip: An FYI.. There are no picnic areas available with potable water.)

We can’t wait to hear about your favorite picnic! Share your experiences with us in the comments below!