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Kentucky Visitor Guide

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Where do you go for a generous helping of music, festivals, cuisine, culture, history, civil rights and the great outdoors? Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi & Tennessee can't wait to meet you.

Kentucky

The Bluegrass State

Kentucky is well known for a few things: the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Bourbon and of course Kentucky Fried Chicken. However the nine districts that make up this state also offer a range of activities and events unknown to many – including being home to the longest cave system in the world, Mammoth Cave. Visit the Muhammad Ali Centre in Louisville, take a drive along the Bourbon Trail, sample down-home country cooking at Bourbon Cooking Schools or take a tour of the National Corvette Museum, the largest and most comprehensive non-profit museum ever dedicated to America's premier sports car.

With Lexington being the 'Horse Capital of the World' and offering 450 Thoroughbred, working horse farms in the area, horse lovers can easily find a destination full of things to do. Horse-riding trails are also available including woodland trails with accommodation nearby, guided trails on horseback or wagon and riding lessons on bluegrass farmland. The Kentucky Horse Park, where the World Equestrian Games (WEG) is being held, also offers the chance to get close to the horses with horseriding lessons, pony rides and live horse shows throughout the summer.

 

Highlights

You can travel the world and not experience what you will find in Kentucky. There’s only one Bourbon Country and only one Horse Capital of the World – and that is Kentucky.

State Secret

The great outdoors comes alive in Kentucky with mountains, lush forests, caves, streams, rivers and lakes. The state has more than 12 million forested acres including Mammoth Cave National Park, the longest cave system in the world.

State Facts

Land Area: 40,000 sq. miles

Population: 4,269,245

State Capital: Frankfort

Largest City: Louisville

Local Time: Five hours behind UK

Climate: Summers can be very warm, but sometimes with cool evenings. For spring and autumn, it's a good idea to carry a light jacket as there can be a breeze. Snow falls vary widely from west to east across the Commonwealth. January has an average high temperature of 39°F (4°C); July's average is 88°F (31°C).

Ntl Parks: 52 Parks

More Information

Kentucky Tourism
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