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Kentucky is the front porch of the South, welcoming visitors with Southern hospitality. While horses, bourbon and bluegrass are signatures, here you will also find the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln and Muhammad Ali plus the finest in dining, arts, entertainment, history and thrilling outdoor adventure to make your visit complete. Our travel expert Alison give us her list of the best things to do in Kentucky.
Get on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
An absolute must when visiting Kentucky, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a road trip style adventure to the Bluegrass State’s signature bourbon distilleries, 37 of them in all! Following the trail is a fantastic way to see the state, some distilleries are up to 70 miles apart and travelling between them you’ll see all that Kentucky has to offer from the tours and tastings in the distilleries themselves, big city nightlife and quaint country towns. There is no right or wrong way to do the trail so I’d recommend taking some time to plan your route and get the most of out this fantastic trail through the Bluegrass State or talk to our travel experts about our Bluegrass and Bourbon Trail Fly Drive Holiday
Visit Kentucky’s Famous Horse Farms
The Bluegrass Region surrounding Lexington is known as the “Horse Capital of the World” and throughout Kentucky, you can climb in the saddle and ride the trails. Some 450 Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse farms surround the city of Lexington in all directions, and many are open to the public. You can join a tour of some of these horse farms, arrange a private tour of some farms or else just visit a specific farm yourself.
The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs
No doubt one of the most famous horse races in the world, The Kentucky Derby is held every May at the hallowed Churchill Downs racetrack. This unique spectacle, described as one of the ‘Greatest Bucket-list sporting events’ draws around 150,000 visitors every year. Enjoy the fabulous fashion, delicious food and drinks and the fantastic sporting occasion! Even if you don’t make the derby, Churchill Downs, the home of the famous event is well worth a visit year round. Pay a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum located on the grounds where every day is derby day, and learn more about the rich history of this iconic sporting event.
National Corvette Museum
Bowling Green, Kentucky is home to the Corvette, America’s Sports Car, and the only place in the world they are produced. Pay a visit to the National Corvette Museum which features over 80 Corvettes from down through the years. Get behind the wheel of a C6 Corvette and race around a virtual racetrack, enjoy a guided tour of the museum and test your knowledge at interactive kiosks. Less than 2 miles away you can also pay a visit to the NCM Motorsports Park where you can ride in a Corvette around the track.
Located in Newport, Kentucky, the Newport Aquarium is fun filled spot to spend a day with the family. See thousands of animals from all around the world, see the divers feed the animals in the Coral Tunnel, see a Dive Show, immerse yourself in the Octopus Den, or explore Stingrays from the Hideaway beneath the surface. There’s so much to do everyone will certainly have a day to remember!
Interested in checking out the Kentucky for yourself? Call Alison or any of our travel experts today about your holiday of a lifetime!