Kentucky is bordered by Illinois, Ohio and Indiana to the north; West Virginia and Virginia to the east; Tennessee to the south; and Missouri to the west. The state has attractions that are recognised worldwide, from Churchill Downs to the distilleries of Bourbon Country. Still, some of the most enduring memories may just come from happy discoveries along the way.
Some state must-visit attractions include the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, the Newport Aquarium in Newport, the ‘Niagara of the South – Cumberland Falls in Corbin, the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville.
Travel through Bourbon Country on a Kentucky Bourbon Trail, which stops at 16 distilleries including Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, and Woodford Reserve. You can attempt the full Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour to visit 20 small-batch distilleries – you won’t go thirsty in Kentucky! Bourbon is a way of life here. Explore America’s First Frontier and trace the footsteps of Daniel Boone, who forged the Wilderness Trail through Southern Kentucky. Kentucky played an important role in the Civil War. As a result, there are many trails, museums, cemeteries, and battlefields, where you can learn more.
When it comes to the great outdoors, you’ll find hikes and horseback rides on rolling hills of bluegrass in Kentucky. Rock formations attract climbers from around the world. Mountains and rivers that beckon paddlers and anglers. The longest-known cave system on earth and lakes gave Kentucky the name ‘Houseboat Capital of the World’. If you love horses, you’ll love Kentucky. There’s legendary horse tracks, a wide variety of equestrian activities, and picturesque farms. Perhaps plan your trip in line with the most famous horse race in America, which takes place each May at Churchill Downs: the Kentucky Derby.
Kentucky’s impact on American music is outstanding, and its bluegrass musical roots extend all across the state. Kentucky does not disappoint in the food stakes, either. Discover Bluegrass specialties from Hot Browns to bourbon balls, beer cheese to West Kentucky barbecue and more.
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