Kentucky Horse Park
It’s that time of year when a person’s fancy turns to … horses!

The Kentucky Derby will take place May 3 in Louisville, and if you’re going (or if you’re visiting Kentucky later) there’s a place that you should not miss: The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

Set aside at least half a day to enjoy this facility where you can watch the exciting Horses of the World show, learn about Derby winners in the Hall of Champions, take a trolley tour through the beautiful grounds and of course, get up close and personal with horses. Visitors can tour the park on horseback, meet and get photos with the Horses of the World, and if you go in early summer, you can visit with mares and their foals.

And that’s just the beginning; visitors can watch horses being shoed, or most amusingly, parading to their lunch!

The International Museum of the Horse and Arabian Horse Galleries are must-sees, as is the memorial to famed equine champ Man O’ War.

Special events and competitions are staged at the Kentucky Horse Park on a regular basis.

Check the website for dates and more information at www.kyhorsepark.com.

The Loneliest Road
Looking for a road trip idea that’ll take you off the beaten path? Try exploring the section of US 50 that lies between Carson City and Ely in Nevada.

The lesser-traveled route is nicknamed the “Loneliest Road” because of its lack of traffic. However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do.

Amongst all the sagebrush, you’ll find ghost towns and the small town of Austin where miles of mountain bike trails lead off into the high desert (there’s also a historic saloon in town where you can wet your whistle.)

Great Basin National Park is on the route. There, you’ll find the Lehman Caves and a great expanse of scenic desert.

Ely was once a major hangout for Hollywood types, and the city celebrates its past with lots of colorful neon signs stretching down a classic American “Main Street.”

Before you go, pick up a Loneliest Road survival kit containing a map and guide to all the fun. After you’ve completed your trip, you’re eligible for a certificate signed by Nevada’s Governor. Plus, you’ll get a commemorative bumper sticker too.

For more information, visit www.ponyexpressnevada.com.

Fields of War: Battle of Normandy
We’ve seen them all in the movies, but there’s nothing quite like standing on one of the famous World War II battlefields in France to really understand what soldiers went through. And if you’re going to go, there’s probably no better primer on the subject to take with you than this new book by Robert Mueller.

Fields of War: Battle of Normandy practically puts you in the action as Mueller describes the scene in fine detail. Recounting “Coles Charge” of June 11, 1944, Mueller relates, “As Cole and his men desperately fought off determined German counterassaults against Ingouf Ferme, Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Cassidy’s 1st Battalion took up positions along a line from Ingouf farm back to the main highway ending in what was then a field of vegetables.”

Also given are thorough directions on how to get to each battlefield and where to stand to orient yourself to the action.

Many photos are included; some of the most interesting are vintage shots of nearly ruined building juxtaposed with shots of how the buildings look today.

You'll also find directions to historic markers and memorial plaques are also included.

Click here for more information.

Huntington Beach: California Cruise-In
If you like cool cars, head to Huntington Beach on April 26.

The California Cruise-In will be taking place at Pier Plaza (325 PCH) and in downtown Huntington Beach, where you’ll be able to see more than 100 hot rods and custom cars on display. New to the event this year will be the showing of non-Factory Five models.

The event takes place from 9 a.m to 3 p.m., and admission is FREE.

Huntington Beach is also just about to launch a contest to win a beach vacation. The contest begins April 24, and details will be on the Huntington Beach Facebook page.

For more information, click here.