Kentucky Travel Destinations

Summer Travel to the Bluegrass state

The charm and beauty of the Bluegrass state is unique compared to other places. Kentucky is famous for legendary horse farms, national historic sites, Bourbon distilleries and scenic drives through stunning landscapes. Its Bluegrass region showcases the natural charm and genuine Southern hospitality. This drives thousands of tourists to the state. Thinking of visiting our beautiful state? Check out this list of attractions that may interest you while you’re here.

Churchill DownsChurchill Downs

Churchill Downs, located in Louisville, is a Thoroughbred racetrack most famous for annually hosting the Kentucky Derby. It officially opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky Derby and the first Kentucky Oaks in the same year. Stroll through its historic grounds and enjoy the ambiance of one of the most hallowed shrines in American Sports.

Tours are provided by the Kentucky Derby Museum, where every day is Derby day. When you visit the Museum, you will find yourself immersed in the next best thing to actually being at the Derby! Various tours are offered throughout the year even when the track isn’t in session with live racing.

Daniel Boone National Forest

If you’re looking to getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then Daniel Boone National Forest is the place to go. The forest is less than an hour away from Richmond, KY. Visitors come here to hike, camp, picnic, rock climb, boat, hunt, fish, ride, target shoot and relax. The forest contains three large lakes: Cave Run Lake, Laurel River Lake and Lake Cumberland. The forest features amazing trails and gorgeous sights. The forest has something for everyone young and old.

We recommend Dog Slaughter Falls, one of Kentucky’s best known natural sights. The 15-foot waterfall is one of the most impressive in the state and great views of the falls are provided from the Dog Slaughter Falls Trail. This is without a doubt the highlight of any trip to this part of Kentucky.

First Lincoln MemorialAbraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

For over a century people from around the world have come to rural Central Kentucky to honor the humble beginnings of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. His early life on Kentucky’s frontier shaped his character and prepared him to lead the nation through Civil War. The park features the country’s first memorial to Lincoln and preserves two separate farm sites in LaRue County, Kentucky where Abraham Lincoln was born and lived early in his childhood.

Battlefield Park

The Battle of Richmond is the second largest Civil War battle fought in Kentucky. The prominent Civil War battlefield today features walking trails, historic buildings, and a visitor center. The visitor center is a one-of-a-kind laser guided topographical map that gives guests a bird’s eye view of the battlefield, showing troops’ movements, important buildings and homes of the period. A locally produced documentary film displays, and artifacts found on the battlefield complete this unique experience. Guests can look at four historic buildings: Pleasant View, Palmer House, Mt. Zion Church, and Madison County Courthouse. They’re all located in the Battlefield Park area where much of the 1862 Battle of Richmond took place.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail®

95% of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky. Dive in to the state’s profound history and take the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® established by Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) in 1999. This is a road trip-style experience for bourbon lovers to visit the Bluegrass State’s signature distilleries.

There’s something for everyone in the Bluegrass state from tours, tastings, nightlife, quaint country towns, and Bourbon-themed restaurants.

Plan your next trip to Kentucky

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