California's Top 9 Greatest Picnic Spots

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#9 Griffith Park - Los Angeles

Griffith Park is one of the most iconic picnic spots within the LA area. Not only does this location offer hiking, culture, and great hangs, it also showcases a breathtaking, panoramic view of Los Angeles, California. Plus, the location is filled with benches and picnic tables making it perfect for picnicking. We recommend unpacking on the lawn of the historic Griffith Park Observatory.

#8 Switzer Falls - Los Angeles

Those who are looking to escape the typical LA scene should head inland to Switzer Falls. Switzer Falls provides peaceful picking next to Arroyo Seco Creek within the Angeles National Forest. Hikers have discovered several natural swimming holes, cascading waterfalls, and fields of wildflowers at this very special location.

#7 Malibu Bluffs Park - Los Angeles

Malibu Bluffs Park is thee beach picnic destination. The bluffs sheer height offers a premium vantage point for viewing the seemingly never-ending pacific ocean. Not to mention, the natural terrain aids in keeping sand out of shoes. However, if you are looking to get a little sand in between your toes, we recommend heading to Malibu Point Dume. This location is only a few minutes away from the bluffs and it features a breathtaking stretch of white sands and foaming seas.

#6 La Jolla Cove - San Diego

La Jolla Cove is an extremely romantic area practically meant for picnicking. It is so beautiful that it has been regarded as the most photographed location in San Diego. Plus, it is more secluded that the usually picnic spots in SD.

#5 Carlsbad State Beach - San Diego

Carlsbad State Beach is remarkably family friendly! Thus, whether or not your family is looking to dine on the sand or in the bluffs, you are sure to find the perfect spot for your clan to chow down while gazing out at the wonderful Pacific. Not to mention, Carlsbad State Beach supplies free WIFI to all of its AT&T based visitors.

#4 Balboa Park - San Diego

Balboa Park is full of regal rose gardens making it the perfect picnic escape from all of San Diego City's hustle and bustle. Fur parents will be pleased to know that dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome to join in on the Balboa Park fun.

#3 Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts is located within the Marian District of San Francisco and was built during 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition. A miniature version was even build within Disney's California Adventure to honor its legacy. The Palace of Fine Arts is not only a favored picnicking location but also a great destination for weddings as its luscious greenery and clear water practically sparkle before your eyes.

#2 Bothe-Napa Valley State Park - San Francisco

Adventure through a forest of Coastal Redwoods within the Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. This ideal pinicing spot features larger than life Douglas Firs alongside cascading waterfalls. Plus, this picnic location is apart of Napa Valley Wine Country, meaning you are just a hop, skip, and a jump from opening a beautiful bottle of wine.

#1 Angel Island - San Francisco

Just a short ferry ride outside of San Francisco lys the mysterious Angel Island. Angel Island is the largest island within the Bay Area offering eye catching views and interesting history. This island was once a WWII immigration station! Today it serves as a historic landmark and has been kept in pristine condition making it one of the most perfect picnic locations in California. Don't feel bad if you forgot your food, the island itself is filled with concessions making impromptu picnics possible.