Finding a vacation spot where you can be around horses should not be difficult. After all, there are several destinations where you can probably find at least one horse riding facility. Many tour operators offer horseback riding as one of their outdoor adventures. Still, there is probably nothing quite like the experience of a horse-centered travel. Imagine going to places where you can get up close and interact with the finest horses or enjoy horseback riding in the most scenic trails. Here are some of the best destinations that horse lovers should add to their list of must-see places.
Cappadocia is known not only for its scenic sights. It is also a popular horseback riding destination that continues to draw people from different parts of the world. The Land of Beautiful Horses was once known for its hot blooded breed of horses called the Akhal-Tekes. Visitors who choose to explore Cappadocia on horses can expect to travel around with fit, reliable, and sure-footed rides. Horse riding in the midst of spectacular scenery passing along ancient villages and natural wonders has all the makings of an unforgettable trip.
Kentucky may not be the birthplace of horse racing. But it is certainly a world renowned destination not only for avid horse racers but also for horse lovers in general. The Kentucky Derby draws crowds to watch the races and enjoy the festivities surrounding the event. Horse enthusiasts are also drawn to Lexington which is home to the Kentucky Horse Park. The park covers over 1000 acres with attractions that include competition facilities, the Hall of Champions, horseback trail and pony rides, museums, walking tours, and more. It is a massive horse-themed park that offers plenty of things to see and do for the curious and the self-professed horse lovers.
Siena is a Tuscan town that offers more than stunning scenery. It is also home to a famous horse race known as Palio di Siena. Two times each year the town square becomes the epicenter of the famous bareback race that has been held since the medieval times. The rules vary from the traditional horse racing seen in race courses throughout the world. Horses and riders have to navigate a challenging course that includes treacherous inclines and turns. A great way to enjoy the festive vibe is to watch the horse race trials a few days leading to the main event.