Tired of the hustle and bustle of the city? Longing for a more laid-back pace of life? Then a trip to the countryside is just what you need! This holiday season, why not take a break from the busyness of everyday life and enjoy all that nature has to offer? There are many great activities to do in the country that will help you relax and de-stress. Here are some ideas.
1. Go for a hike.
One of the best ways to take in all the beauty of nature is by going for a hike. Breathe in the fresh air, listen to the birds chirping, and take in the stunning scenery. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some wildlife! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and pack some snacks and water for energy.
When hiking, you must be aware of your surroundings and follow any posted signs or rules. Many trails have different difficulty levels, so make sure you choose one that’s appropriate for your fitness level. You can find trail maps online or at your local visitor center.
2. Try the rodeo.
A classic countryside activity, the rodeo is a great way to experience the local culture. Many small towns have their own rodeos, which usually take place during the summer months. If you’re not familiar with rodeos, they are competitions where cowboys and cowgirls showcase their skills at riding horses and bulls, as well as roping calves. There are usually also barrel racing and mutton-busting competitions for kids.
Rodeos also have competitions where a winning participant can win custom rodeo belt buckles made by skilled craftsmen. These belt buckles are often very intricate and can be quite expensive. If you’re interested in purchasing one, shop around and compare prices. You can usually find them for sale online or at souvenir shops in rodeo towns.
3. Visit a farmer’s market.
What better way to support local businesses than by visiting a farmer’s market? You’ll find an array of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and more sourced from nearby farms. Not to mention, it’s a great place to chat with friendly locals and get insider tips on where to go and what to see. Many farmer’s markets also have live music and other entertainment.
If you’re interested in trying some of the local cuisines, most farmer’s markets have food stands where you can purchase lunch or snacks. Be sure to bring cash, as many vendors do not accept credit cards. You can find a list of farmer’s markets in your area online.
4. Go fishing.
Whether you’ve never picked up a fishing rod or are an experienced angler, spending time by the water is always peaceful and calming. Check with your local tourist office or bait shop beforehand to get a fishing license (if required) and some information on where the best spots are. Then all you need is some patience, and hopefully you’ll be able to reel in a catch!
Some fishing spots may require a special permit, so be sure to do your research before you go. This is especially important if you plan to fish in a protected area. Many lakes and rivers have public fishing areas where anyone can fish without a permit.
5. Take a scenic drive.
One of the best things about being in the countryside is that there are often fewer cars on the roads, which means you can take your time winding your way through beautiful landscapes without worrying about traffic jams. So hop in your car (or rental car) and enjoy exploring all that rural areas have to offer at your own leisurely pace.
Don’t forget to make plenty of stops along the way so you can stretch your legs and snap some photos! You can find scenic routes online or ask a local for recommendations. You might even stumble upon some hidden gems that are off the beaten path.
5. Go stargazing.
Finally, consider stargazing. When you’re away from city lights, it’s incredible how many stars you can see! Lie down on a blanket or recline in a camping chair, and spend an evening marveling at the night sky above you. It’s truly breathtaking – and something you can only appreciate when you’re away from light pollution.
But don’t forget to bring a blanket or jacket, as it can get chilly once the sun goes down! At night, the temperature in rural areas can drop significantly. You want to be sure you’re comfortable so you can focus on the stars.
Whether looking for peace and quiet or exciting new adventures, spending time in the countryside is always enjoyable. So this holiday season, take some time for yourself and visit rural areas for a much-needed change of pace. From hiking and fishing to stargazing and farmers markets, there’s something for everyone!