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America's Best Parks

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America's Best Parks

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

Photos: © Scott Kemper/Alamy/Courtesy of Lucia's To Go

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