Head to the Old Town Road, it's National Day of the Cowboy

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Long horse-back rides, square dancing and a fresh steak sizzling over an open fire. It's time to celebrate everything about the western lifestyle on National Day of the Cowboy!

The era of the cowboy took hold after the Civil War. Before that, cattle were mostly allowed to roam free. As the country expanded and demand for beef grew, cowboys were needed to herd cows and bring them where the profits were.

Our image of cowboys and cowgirls comes from the reality that they often worked in the western frontier and had to rely on themselves to survive. That lifestyle led to stories of adventure and violence that have been retold and romanticized.

Honor this part of America's history by slipping into some leather boots, watching a western film, or grilling up your own steak and ride off into your own sunset.

According to CNN Travel, there are 6 best places to be a cowboy (for a while).

Bandera, Texas
Chico Basin Ranch (Colorado)
Zapata Ranch (Colorado)
McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch (Montana)
Doublerafter Cattle Drives (Wyoming)
Let R Buck (Connecticut)

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