America's Best Dude Ranches
Courtesy of Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort
Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, Solvang, CA
A secluded go-to spot for Hollywood royalty since opening in 1946, Alisal is a resort as much as a ranch, with two 18-hole golf courses, a spa, a private pond for fishing, boating, and tennis courts (and no TVs in the rooms to distract you). More than 50 miles of trails make for gorgeous horseback rides up through the surrounding hills and sycamore groves. Traditions run strong here: adults and kids alike are expected to dress up for dinner.
Riding: Unlike at most ranches, rides are à la carte, including one to a cowboy breakfast, trail rides, and sunset rides for prime wildlife viewing.
Capacity: 230 guests; 100 horses.