Kentucky Bluegrass Country Feature
Who Will Especially Love This Trip?
Horse Lovers: The world's greatest population density of pedigreed racehorses lives on more than 460 farms in the area surrounding Lexington. A visit to the Kentucky Horse Park is essential for equine fans.
History Buffs: Elegant antebellum houses have become museums open to visitors. Tour the former homes of Henry Clay (Ashland), Mary Todd Lincoln (Mary Todd Lincoln House), George Rogers Clark (Locust Grove), and other prominent figures in Kentucky history.
Foodies: The state's award-winning restaurants include Lilly's in Louisville, Jonathan at Gratz Park in Lexington, and the Holly Hill Inn in Midway. Whiskey lovers should tour (and taste) at the Woodford Reserve bourbon distillery near Versailles.
Families: The Horse Park is a great place to take kids, and though they're too young to place bets, children are welcome at Churchill Downs and Keeneland racecourses. Other attractions like the Gorilla Forest and the Islands at the Louisville Zoo, as well as several great museums, will keep children (and adults) enthralled.
Top 5 Reasons to Go
Horse Farm Scenery: Tree-shaded lanes wind though some of the world's most beautiful landscape, home to the elegant Thoroughbreds who graze on the state's famous namesake bluegrass. Kentucky Derby Festival: Three weeks of nonstop partying lead up to the first Saturday in May and the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports. One-of-a-Kind Museums: You can find the world's largest baseball bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum and tiny, priceless bibelots at the Headley-Whitney Museum. Kentucky Haute Cuisine: The region's chefs use locally produced Southern ingredients in tried-and-true dishes and contemporary creations. Relaxing Getaways: Pamper yourself with a stay in one of Kentucky's historic bed-and-breakfasts or hotels.
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