No Cars Allowed In These Cities
 By Winniefield Park   •   3rd May 2014   •   2,504 views   •   0 comments
No Cars Allowed In These Cities

It’s hard to believe, but there are a few places on the planet where the horse (or close relation) still reigns supreme, and cars are banned. To me, that sounds like a little piece of heaven on earth, and the ideal destination for a vacation - or a permanent residence. The next time you visit one of these three places, you might want to take along your horse.

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is a small land mass in Lake Huron and is part of the state of Michigan. It’s a community of about 500 permanent residents, but its numbers swell during the tourist season. Most of the island is covered by Mackinac Island State Park. The residents of the island have meticulously preserved its historical buildings and traditions. Part of this preservation is the banning of non-emergency motor vehicles. If you want to travel on Mackinac Island, you can choose between horse, bicycle, roller skates or walking.

Riding horses are available to rent for guided tours or unguided trail riding. After a brief lesson on a suitable horse, you’re ready to explore the island and sight-see at your own pace.

If you’d rather drive, you can rent a horse and buggy and explore the shoreline or areas within the state park. Or, you can rent a 4, 6 or 8 seater horse drawn vehicle so a group can enjoy the ride. Instruction is provided, and horses are matched to the experience level of the driver.

Hydra, Saronic Islands, Greece
A more exotic destination to visit is the small Island of Hydra. This Greek Island lies in the Aegean Sea. There is only one town, known as Hydra Port with a population of just under 2000 people. Hydrofoils, catamarans and ferry boats can get you to this beautiful, hilly island, but once there, you won’t find any motorized vehicles. If you want to get around to see the historical sights, you must walk or ride a donkey. Donkeys do much of the pack work as well. Throughout Hydra Port, you will see donkey’s 'parked' along the streets. And, you may hire a donkey for a ride, or to carry your luggage.

Sark Island, United Kingdom
Sark Island is a tiny island in the English Channel, just off the coast of Normandy, France. About 600 people live on Sark Island, but none have cars. Tractors are allowed for farm work, but if you want to get around on this small island, you’ll have to ‘ride Shank’s mare (walk), bicycle or use a battery-powered buggy if you are unable to walk, and horse-drawn vehicles. 2012 Olympic Dressage Medalist, Carl Hester grew up on Sark Island and started his riding career on a donkey.

Your visit to Sark Island might include a horse-drawn carriage ride to see the historical and natural sights. Just be aware that you may end up walking up some steep inclines to give the horse a break. The drivers are well acquainted with all the favorite tourist spots and provide information during the relaxing, slow-paced ride.
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