Whether you’re a horse owner with a life-long love affair with horses or an admirer from afar, these five US travel destinations are sure to delight horse lovers of every age and stripe!

Churchill Downs is the Home of the Kentucky Derby.
Churchill Downs is the Home of the Kentucky Derby.

Louisville, Kentucky

Home of the Kentucky Derby, the most prestigious annual horse race in America, and the first jewel of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.

Why you will love it:
If you are interested in thoroughbred horses and racing, this should be at the top of your list. Enjoy the “Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” on race day at Churchill Downs, as well as the unique southern flavor or Louisville’s other attractions, like the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the Muhammed Ali Center, zip lining and a number of unique museum experiences.

When to visit:
If you’re making this trip only once, be sure to catch the Kentucky Derby! And while the race itself is held the first Saturday in May, be sure to include at least some of the 2-week celebration before the race, the Kentucky Derby Festival.

Where to stay in your RV:
Check out 2 nearby State Parks to get the most out of the outdoors! The Taylorsville Lake State Park and Charlestown State Park both offer hiking trails and waterfront access, along with the expected amenities and full hook-up capabilities. If you’re planning to visit during the Kentucky Derby, be sure to make your reservations early!

 

The Annual Wild Pony Swim
The Annual Wild Pony Swim

Chincoteague, Virginia

A small-town resort island off the coast of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Chincoteague is a wonderful family get-away, unlike any other.

Why you will love it:
Chincoteague is frequently featured on travel top 10 lists like “Best Small Town” and “Best Beach Town.” And while the small-town island charm is definitely worth the visit, the real attraction is neighboring Assateague National Wildlife Refuge and the wild ponies that live there. It’s not unusual to spot wild ponies grazing on the beach, alongside endangered wildfowl and pristine waterways. Rent a boat for incredible fishing, or walk the bay to dig up oysters for dinner! You’ll also enjoy kitschy boutiques and local art galleries with a distinctive southern and coastal flavor.

When to visit:
While lovely and relaxing during the off-season for those seeking an island getaway, the once-in-a-lifetime attraction is the Annual Wild Pony Swim and Auction. Always held the last Wednesday and Thursday of July, the Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen (the Saltwater Cowboys), round up the ponies of Assateague Island and swim them across the channel to Chincoteague on Wednesday, where a selection of foals are auctioned on Thursday, in order to help keep the herd healthy. The event is accompanied by an old-fashioned weeks-long carnival.

Where to stay in your RV:
Your best bets are Tom’s Cove and Maddox Family Campground, with prime locations and amenities.

 

Wild horse in the dunes at Shackleford Banks.
Wild horse in the dunes at Shackleford Banks.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Another coastal escape that boasts wild horses, the Outer Banks is perfect for families as well as couples looking for a romantic getaway!

Why you will love it:
The Corolla Wild Horses can be found on the remote stretch of beach in Corolla and Carova. Bring your own off-road vehicle, or rent one for an amazing equine adventure. And who wouldn’t love the beaches, dolphin tours, historic attractions, and golf to be found on the Outer Banks!

When to visit:
While typically a top summer destination, there are some great reasons to visit in the Fall – Day at the Docks in September, Duck Jazz festival in October, and the Outer Banks Seafood Festival also in October.

Where to stay in your RV:
You’ve got your pick of campgrounds at the Outer Banks, with over 20 to choose from! The Camp Hatteras KOA offers oceanfront views, while the Rodanthe Watersports and Campground combines access to a full range of watersports rentals and activities!

 

One of many picturesque horse farms in Ocala
One of many picturesque horse farms in Ocala

Ocala, Florida

Officially the “Horse Capital of the World,” Ocala is the place where champions are born, bred and broken!

Why you will love it:
With a beautiful, mild climate all year long, gorgeous rolling hills and Spanish Moss draped horse farms, Ocala, FL is home to more horses than anywhere else in the country. Ocala is also home to national and international equestrian events and competitions, including the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, Live Oak International and Ocala Breeders’ Sale. You can also enjoy guided tours at many local horse farms, and get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in the sport!

When to visit:
Take advantage of the year-round sunshine in Florida, and plan your visit for the winter! You can take in one of many events planned for the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, then take in the amazing weather and outdoor attractions, including Silver Springs State Park. You can also enjoy biking, boating, canoeing/kayaking, hiking, horseback riding and more.

Where to stay in your RV:
Check out Arrowhead Campsites and Mobile Home Park, with its central location tucked away in picturesque woods.

 

Saratoga Racetrack
Saratoga Racetrack

Saratoga Springs, New York

The original horse-lover’s destination, Saratoga Springs offers the classic horse-lovers getaway with year-round resort attractions and entertainment.

Why you will love it:
Horses are the focus in Saratoga Springs, and you’ll love enjoying races, polo matches, harness racing, rodeos and horseback riding all year long. Also, don’t miss Saratoga State Park, the legendary mineral baths, the iconic Carousel in Congress Park, and the National Museum of Racing.

When to visit:
Saratoga is a true year-round destination. You’ll find picturesque winter trails, pumpkin patches and apple picking in the Fall, and a jam-packed schedule of special events in the Summer.

Where to stay in your RV:
The Lake George Escape Family Campground has been named by the TravelChannel.com as one of “The 10 Best Campgrounds for Families!” Located on 178 acres in the Adirondacks, with cabin rentals as well as RV hook-ups with all the amenities, you’re sure to find something to fit your tastes!

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