Kentucky

Kentucky Overview

Holidays in Kentucky offer a rich mix of beautiful rolling bluegrass covered hillsides, cultural attractions, historic cities and delicious dining. Discover one-of-a-kind attractions, immerse yourself in a unique culture and absorb the unabated energy that can be felt in everything from the metropolitan cities to the countryside: an unbridled spirit runs wild in the Bluegrass State. Whether you chase that spirit down a distillery trail, or try to keep up with it at the racetrack, Kentucky is infectious. The urban centres – Louisville, Lexington and the Northern Kentucky area – offer up great food, entertainment and culture.

As the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad Ali and the father of Bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, Kentucky has played a big role in U.S. history. Visit the sites, museums and landmarks that capture the lives and stories of these influential Americans. Spend some time in a historic Bluegrass Region town, explore the larger cities’ thriving art districts or tour a farm in horse country to take in the state’s incredible scenery.

If you are looking for an escape, Kentucky’s the place to make one, with acres of wilderness to explore and rivers to canoe, kayak and raft, as well as the longest known cave system in the world. Trek through the trails that spread across the state, including the Sheltowee Trace National Recreational Trail, the state’s longest, stretching over 418 kilometres through the Daniel Boone National Forest.

So come and experience the unbridled spirit of the Bluegrass state first hand; famous for its world-class Bourbon, the beautiful landscape, and home to the iconic Kentucky Derby, you will certainly not be short of places to explore.

 

Must See Places in Kentucky

Kentucky Derby

Kentucky’s most famous event and one of horse racing’s most prestigious races is the Kentucky Derby, held at Churchill Downs outside of Louisville. It takes place the first Sunday in May and draws a huge crowd to the city.

Daniel Boone National Forest

The Daniel Boone National Forest occupies a stretch of land that runs through 21 counties in eastern Kentucky, covering more than 708,000 acres. The park’s most distinguished feature is its varied terrain, which includes more than 3,400 miles of sandstone cliffs, gorges, and ravines cut by rivers and streams, and the Natural Bridge, which measures 65 feet high and 75 feet wide. Created by the erosive forces of wind and water, it is just one of the many bizarre rock formations found in the park.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Southeastern Kentucky extends into the Cumberland Mountains, and the most important passage through the hills is the Cumberland Gap. This 760-foot-deep cut through the range was used as a traffic route by Native Americans and was discovered by pioneers moving west in the mid-18th century.

Kentucky Horse Park

The Kentucky Horse Park, located a short drive north of Lexington, allows visitors a chance to see a working horse farm and learn about horses. The park offers a chance to see a variety of horse breeds and get a better understanding of their traditional uses throughout history.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

The Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is known as the “Niagara of the South”. The 125-foot wide falls drops 68 feet into the Cumberland River and under a full moon, shows the only “moonbow” in the western hemisphere.

Mammoth Cave National Park

The Mammoth Cave lies in the “Land of 10,000 Sinks” or the Caveland Corridor, an area in southwestern Kentucky approximately 80 miles south of Louisville. This region is strongly marked by karstic features of all kinds. With more than 400 miles of passages surveyed so far, the Mammoth Cave is one of the world’s largest known cave systems and was already known to the original native inhabitants of the region by the 1st millennium BC.

 

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Suggested Itineraries, Escorted Tours and Accommodation for Kentucky

View our suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Kentucky, and see itinerary routes and escorted tours we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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