Great picnics are half about the food and half about the location. Whether you prefer homemade sandwiches eaten on a family road trip or local cuisine prepared with flare, here are five breathtaking picnic spots you won’t want to miss!
Oregon, USA: U.S. National Forests
Oregon is home to some of the most beautiful forests in the country, including Mt. Hood National Forest, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and Tillamook State Forest. Imagine setting up a rustic picnic at the base of Mount St. Helens, or overlooking the wild, winding Clackamas River. There are so many stunning views to take in at these forests; you’ll want to drive through each to make sure you don’t miss anything!
Set up your home base in Portland at Country Inn & Suites, located perfectly between these three breathtaking forests, and you’ll be able to dedicate a day (or more) to each one, with time to rest and relax each night in comfort.
Los Angeles, CA, USA: Amir’s Garden
Once you’re done road tripping through Oregon’s gorgeous national forests, take a drive down the coast to a popular oasis outside of Los Angeles known as Amir’s Garden. Created slowly over three decades following a brush fire, volunteer Amir Dialameh singlehandedly turned a barren landscape into a stunning, lush garden within Griffith Park. If you’re up for a picnic but don’t want to venture too far into the wilderness, Amir’s Garden is the perfect spot for you.
Grab a room at Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC, pick up some delicious Cuban sandwiches from nearby restaurant Porto’s Bakery & Cafe, then head over to Amir’s Garden and enjoy one of the many picnic spots and benches located along the Garden trails.
Narita, Japan: Naritasan Park
Our next destination is located in Japan behind the beautiful Naritasan Shinshoji Temple! Recoup from your trip at the incredibly relaxing Radisson Narita, then make a short stop at the Narita Market to stock up on snacks from around the world before journeying to one of our favorite hidden gems.
Just 15 minutes from the Narita airport, Naritasan Park is an often overlooked destination hidden behind the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. For those who make the journey, the trip is well worth the walk through this beautiful space. A Japanese garden full of cherry blossoms, koi ponds and plum trees, Naritasan Park is a romantic, dreamy space that you’re sure to love picnicking at.
Rome, Italy: Villa Borghese Gardens
If a relaxing, romantic picnic is what you’re looking for, then you’re sure to fall in love with our next picnic destination, the Villa Borghese Gardens. Secluded from the bustle of Rome, stepping into these beautiful gardens will transport you back in time and make you fall in love with the city all over again.
Bring a bottle of wine and a loved one for a romantic getaway. Take a stroll through winding paths lined with famous scultures or rent a rowboat and let the afternoon slowly pass you by. To keep the romance alive into the night, you can book a room at the Radisson Blu Hotel Rome and enjoy time in the spa before falling asleep in comfort.
Sariska, India: Sariska Tiger Reserve
If a non-traditional picnic is more your style, you’re sure to find our next destination spot an exciting alternative! Set down your bags in Delhi at Park Plaza Faridabad, then get ready to set off on on a true adventure!
Pack up some local travel-ready snacks in Delhi before taking a scenic bus ride to the Sariska Tiger Reserve, the closest place to Delhi where you can see tigers in their natural surroundings. Or, if you aren’t ready to see the beautiful animals up close, set down your bags on the other side of Lake Siliserh to enjoy a view of the reserve from afar.
No matter what type of traveler you are, be it a romantic or adventurous one, picnics are a great way to enjoy the spring months while traveling and exploring the world. We hope these five picnic spots gave you some inspiration as you begin your travel plans this season!