Roughly 80 percent of the United States population lives in urban corridors. However, the 2007 Census of Agriculture found that nearly 41 percent of America's land is managed by farmers and ranchers. That translates to a whole lot of space for exploration through agritourism. But how does one go about it? The easiest and quickest way to plan a farm vacation is to call a state tourism office.
Take Washington State -- upon calling their state tourism office and requesting agritourism locations, they will be able to list a plethora of fabulous farms to visit, almost 20 full pages. There are berry farms, cheese farms, orchards and more. Skagit County, for example, is a gold mine.
From there you can choose farms that allow you to stay overnight or places you can visit for a few hours at a time. The tourism office can help you find inns, hotels and bed and breakfasts along your route to accommodate any needs.
Most people thing of dude ranches when it comes to ranch travel, and there's nothing wrong with that! Working horse, cattle, sheep and buffalo operations are mesmerizing and right in line with agritourism. The majesty of the animals combined with the vast lands they roam is awe-inspiring.
The mythical Old West delivers more all-inclusive ranch stays than any other region. California, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho rank among the most popular destinations to visit working operations. Children are able to participate in traditional ranch round-ups, milking of cows and more. Spring is an especially attractive time to visit with the births of so many offspring. Allowing your child to hand-feed or bottle-feed a newborn provides memories they will cherish through adulthood.