DISCOVER KENTUCKY

EXPERIENCE WHAT KENTUCKY IS FAMOUS FOR

There’s a reason we say, “There’s Only One Kentucky.” Certainly, there’s only one Kentucky Derby, and only Kentucky can lay claim to being the Horse Capital of the World. But there’s a great deal more that makes Kentucky unlike any other place in the world.

Virtually all of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky, and the distilleries that are in Bourbon Country, including those along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, offer distinctive tastes and tours.

Natural beauty here is unsurpassed. There’s only one Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, located in our spectacular western lakes region, and in the impressive eastern mountains you’ll find the rugged Red River Gorge.

Kentucky is the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, leaders of the opposing sides in the American Civil War. Muhammad Ali was also born here.

There’s only one Kentucky, and it’s waiting for you to discover!

TOP KENTUCKY EXPERIENCES

Horses

  • Get up close and personal with over forty breeds of horses at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington
  • Visit retired champions at Georgetown’s Old Friends Farm for Retired Thoroughbreds
  • Take in the track kitchen and watch the morning workouts at the Keeneland Race Track in Lexington
  • Explore the history and pageantry of the greatest two minutes in sports at the Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs, Louisville
  • Horseback ride through the Bluegrass Region in and around Lexington
  • Attend one or more of Kentucky’s horse racing events: the Lexington Junior League Horse Show, Shelbyville Horse Show and the World Championship Horse Show held annually at the Kentucky State Fair

Bourbon

  • Follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® or visit stops along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Craft Tour
  • Explore another bourbon story with a visit to Buffalo Trace Distillery, the oldest continuously producing distillery located on the banks of the Kentucky River in Frankfort
  • Book a tour of Kentucky Cooperage, Lebanon, where new charred oak barrels are crafted for bourbon production
  • Take in the nightlife along the Urban Bourbon Trail in Louisville
  • Visit in September to be part of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in the Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown

ARTS & MUSIC

  • Both Berea and Paducah are known for their arts districts and you can visit with artisans in their studios
  • The Kentucky Artisan Centre, Berea, and Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, showcase works by some of Kentucky’s top artisans
  • The National Quilt Museum, Paducah, and Owensboro’s Museum of Fine Art are two of Kentucky’s top art museums
  • Renfro Valley Entertainment Centre presents live music shows, including country music superstars, from April-December
  • Kentucky is the birthplace of bluegrass music and of dozens of music stars from many genres, especially country music
  • You can ride along U.S. 23 in eastern Kentucky, known as the Country Music Highway, and find the birthplaces of many country stars or visit Rosine, the birthplace of the father of Blueqrass, Bill Monroe. Don’t be surprised if you also stumble upon a Kentucky bluegrass festival or one of many other Kentucky music festivals.

OUTDOORS

  • Known as the "Niagara of the South”, Cumberland Falls is dramatic day or night. But it's only at night during a full moon that you can see the Moonbow, a phenomenon said to only be duplicated at Victoria Falls in Africa
  • Go on an outdoor adventure through Kentucky’s diverse landscapes, rolling streams, large lakes and many national and state parks
  • Hike, bike and venture Kentucky Trail Towns, located along or near major trail systems
  • Head to the ‘wilds’ of Kentucky and embark on a wildlife and nature tour. Plan exciting boating and fishing trips in the gorgeous Breaks Interstate Park

Food & Drink

  • Taste great food from small diners (Wagner’s Pharmacy, Louisville) to western Kentucky style Bar-B-Que (Brothers Bar-B-Que, Madisonville)
  • Fine dine at Blue Raven, Pikeville and other high quality restaurants found in small towns and urban centres throughout Kentucky
  • Tour First Vineyard and Winery, Nicholasville. Did you know that the first U.S. commercial vineyard and winery was in Kentucky?
  • Check out Kentucky’s vibrant culinary scene at KentuckyCuisine.com

The attractions and events listed here are only the beginning.

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