There’s only one Kentucky Derby and only Kentucky can lay claim to being the Horse Capital of the World - there really is no other place like it in the world.
Virtually all of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky and the distilleries that are in Bourbon Country, including along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, offer their distinctive tastes and tours.
There’s only one Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in our western lakes region and in the eastern mountains is where you’ll find the rugged Red River Gorge. Adding to the unparalleled outdoor adventure in Kentucky is Mammoth Cave National Park, the world’s longest cave system.
Visit the sites and museums dedicated to influential Americans born in Kentucky including Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad Ali, and the father of Bluegrass music, Bill Monroe. Colonel Sanders of course perfect his secret recipe in Kentucky and launched his global empire from the café you can still visit!
Top 5 Experiences
- Visit during the Kentucky Derby Festival – a multi-week celebration leading to the Kentucky Derby, offering festivities ranging from steamboat and hot air balloon races to marathons, celebrity events and fireworks.
- Follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and sample bourbons at several of the eight distilleries to taste the nuances that make each distinct.
- Take a tour through part of the longest cave systems in the world at Mammoth Cave National Park and explore this natural wonder.
- Enjoy extreme glamping on a houseboat by renting a luxury floating home from a marina on one of the many lakes.
- Tour Federal Hill at My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown. This plantation was the inspiration for Stephen Foster’s ballad ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ which is now Kentucky’s state song and is sung by millions worldwide as part of the tradition surrounding the Kentucky Derby.