City folks looking to let loose in the wild, wild West? Make reservations at a dude ranch. They offer parents and kiddos a getaway full of fresh air and wide-open spaces and offer lessons in how to ride horses, round up cattle, fish in salmon-filled rivers and enjoy life the western way.
Like all-inclusive beach resorts, these down-home vacations include lodging, drinks, meals and entertainment, only here the entertainment includes guided horseback riding, rock climbing, white-water rafting and fishing. Activities differ depending on the type of facility you go to — some are more like resorts with pools and spas — while others are full working ranches that breed and train horses year-round.
To see some of the ranches catering to families, read more