From the bustling energy of our cities to the laid-back charm of our rural countryside, you’ll find the Bluegrass State provides a wealth of places to enjoy with your friends and family. So why not loosen up the reins and enjoy all Kentucky has to offer?
In our cities you’ll find thriving art galleries, one-of-a-kind museums, lively entertainment districts and spectacular restaurants. Or, escape to our countryside, where horse farms, stone fences and rolling hills are simply breathtaking. Kentucky is also a paradise for the adventure enthusiast. We’ve got it all – from rock climbing and water skiing to mountain biking and hunting.
No trip to Kentucky would be complete without experiencing the magic and science of our most famous art: bourbon. This is where 95 percent of the world’s supply of bourbon is artfully produced, and a trip along the beautiful hills of Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail allows visitors to see how distillers practice the art of producing “America’s only native spirit.” Kentucky is also getting back to its roots in producing wine, so stop by one of our wineries for a lively, seductive and approachable wine experience.
Music is as synonymous to Kentucky as horses and bourbon. While the state is best known for giving birth to the unique “high lonesome” sound of Bluegrass, Kentucky boasts an incredibly rich and diverse musical heritage with deep roots in other musical genres including folk, blues, gospel, jazz, opera and pop. Kentucky’s musical heritage can be seen and heard all across the state as you voyage along the Kentucky Music Trail.
These are just a few of the many exciting activities that await you in Kentucky – an unforgettable place where spirits are free to soar and big dreams can be fulfilled.
More information to help you plan your trip: Interactive Kentucky Brochure with Videos
Kentucky Department of Travel Web Site
Kentucky Department of Travel Call Center- 1-800-225-TRIP (1-800-225-8747)
Lexington’s Bluegrass Region is home to legendary horses, breathtaking landscapes and a culture rich in tradition.
Lexington is the center of the world's Thoroughbred horse industry - where the top racehorses are bred, born, trained, officially registered, bought and sold, retired to stud and buried. In the Bluegrass, you can meet previous Derby champions - or perhaps catch a glimpse of a future winner on the world's most famous farms. Keeneland Race Course, a beautiful park and National Historic Landmark, holds Thoroughbred race meets in April and October and sales throughout the year.
Founded in 1978 and set on 1,200 acres of bluegrass, the Kentucky Horse Park is a unique visitor attraction and competition facility dedicated to all breeds of horse. In addition to daily equine presentations, horse drawn tours, horseback riding and two outstanding museums, the Kentucky Horse Park hosts a variety of competitions including polo, rodeo, cross country riding, steeplechase riding, hunter/jumping, reining, vaulting and dressage.
Nearly 100% of the world's bourbon is produced in Kentucky! No trip to Lexington would be complete without a visit to one of the nearby distilleries nestled along the banks of sparkling streams in the countryside. The time-honored methods developed in the early 19th century are still in used in distilleries today. Explore the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to discover the heritage of the United States’ only native spirit where tantalizing aromas follow you from the fermenting tanks to the warehouses where bourbon rests until its proper age.
Take a short drive through the picturesque Bluegrass countryside to one of America’s historic treasures. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is the United States’ largest restored Shaker community with 34 restored buildings and 3,000 acres of preserved farmland. Tour the village, explore 40 miles of trails and dine on delightful regional cuisine.
For more information or help planning your trip to Lexington and the Bluegrass Region, contact the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau, www.visitlex.com